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They call it the American Riviera, but it is so much more than that. Beyond the beautiful ocean views, timeless architecture and majestic mountains, Santa Barbaraâ€™s greatest strength may be its people. Artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers and rock stars all call Santa Barbara home. And that presence and influence can be seen all year throughout the city. DAILY SOUND / Elliot Serbin Among the major events is 2011 Santa Barbara Teen Star Bear Redell performs in April. Santa BarbaraĘźs Summer Solstice parade, top right, drew tens-of-thousands Santa Barbaraâ€™s Summer Solstice parade and weekend of people to the downtown area.
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BY ELISE CLEMENTS
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Itâ€™s the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Christopher Nolan is planted on the red carpet faced by a young reporter and her questions. She asks him about his own dreams and whether they worked their way into â€œInception,â€? his latest mindbending, dreamscape film. Nolanâ€™s eyes squint and dart smartly and a smile plays at the corners of his mouth as he issues a reply. But perhaps even more amusing than the question asked him is that the reporter, Hailey Sestak, would celebrate her 17th birthday the following day. Sestak, a senior at Santa Barbara High School, is a member of the Santa Barbara Teen News Network (sbTNN.) For a month lead-
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ing to the interview Sestak trained relentlessly with her director. During this red carpet moment she also had over two years worth of television training provided by the program. Thanks to all of this, none of which she had to pay for, Sestak was able to interview a high-profile star she personally admires, and deliver it with professionalism she is proud of and will use as she pursues a career in broadcast journalism. But the education and opportunities sbTNN provides may not be available to students in the future. Currently sbTNN is provided free to all students though the Patricia Henley Foundation. But the threeyear-old organization needs $6,000 donated by December
31 to stay on its feet. Following a five-year probation period that is coming to a close, the foundation either needs to boost the amount of money it receives through donations from 31 percent to 33 percent or it will lose its non-profit status. If the program does not receive immediate support from the community, losing this status could jeopardize sbTNNâ€™s eligibility for grants and fundraising. It is seeking individual and business sponsors, and if it cannot find a way to stay alive, the money from Henleyâ€™s donation will run out by the end of next year, terminating the program. For students like Sestak, for which the program has come to mean so much, this is unthinkable. The program has
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both served to help discover future careers and develop personally. Some are crossing their fingers that they can continue participation until they graduate. For others like Sestak, who are seniors, the thought of the program ending is still painful. â€œIf another kid could have this it could help prevent them from making a lot of mistakes,â€? Sestak said. â€œIt helped me stay grounded and stay motivated.â€? The crew meets every Saturday in two Santa Barbara Channels studios to crank out polished, 30-minute newscasts. Having undergone six hours of training, they are qualified to work state of the art equipment without the help of adults. Adult supervisors take a back seat as the students, from junior highs See TNN, page 10
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