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Dr. Gayle D. Beebe Westmont College President to be Keynote Speaker of Maranatha High School’s Commencement 2015

The culminating activity of Maranatha High School’s Senior Class will occur on Saturday, May 30 as it celebrates the Class of 2015 with its 50th Year Commencement Ceremony at Lake Avenue Church. Over 2,000 proud parents, family members, and friends will be in attendance to witness this special event to commemorate the Senior Class.

At commencement, awards will be given to students honoring their academic excellence, athletic achievements, and Christian character. In addition, attendees will hear from the Class of 2015 Co-Valedictorians Joe Laski and Devin Robledo. Our Headmaster Dr. Gyertson will address the graduates, and Maranatha is honored to have Dr. Gayle D. Beebe (shown right), the president of Westmont College as the keynote speaker. more

CORRECTIONS: May 15, 2015

Sunday’s News-Press story about the Westmont College graduation misidentified two award-winning faculty members. Andrea Gurney was named one of the outstanding teachers of the year, and Edd Noell was named faculty researcher of the year. more

Forest Lake Christian athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Three of the most decorated athletes Forest Lake Christian has had in recent years were the center of attention Tuesday as Kyle Soria, Lauren Piner and Christian Dethlefs signed their National Letters of Intent for their respective colleges in front of a packed gym of fellow students, parents, educators and coaches.

Soria, a three-sport athlete, and Dethlefs both signed to attend and play at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Dethlefs will play basketball for the Warriors, and Soria will play baseball. more

HIGHLIGHT REEL: Forest Lake Christian seniors commit to college scholarships after tremendous prep contributions

Gathered before family, friends and a small student body inside the Forest Lake Christian High gymnasium, three Falcon seniors took a moment to symbolize a step in the right direction Tuesday. …

Kyle Soria

The three-sport standout at Forest Lake will utilize scholarship funds to play NAIA baseball at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. …

Christian Dethlefs

Showcasing tremendous talent throughout the prep basketball season, Christian managed 18.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as the Falcons rallied to an undefeated conference stanza and push into the Northern California State Playoffs.

He entertained recruitment opportunities from several schools, ultimately agreeing to accept a partial scholarship from Westmont. more

A day of commitment: Westmont graduation features David Brooks

More than 300 member of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas Saturday at Westmont College’s commencement at Russ Carr field.

A small cadre of students and instructors were furthered honored for excellence in their field before the main ceremony, which featured hymns and a commencement speech from New York Times columnist David Brooks, whose new book, “The Road to Character,” is a summation of the course he taught on humility at Yale University (and makes for good advice to grads.) more

310 New Westmont College Graduates Receive Diplomas in Campus Ceremony: With New York Times columnist David Brooks as commencent speaker, school also honors Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s Rolf Geyling

More than 300 proud Westmont College seniors marched to Russ Carr Field on Saturday morning and departed as graduates of the interdenominational Christian liberal arts school in Montecito. The weekend was a celebration of the culmination of their years of hard work.

Westmont’s baccalaureate ceremony was held Friday night at the campus at 955 La Paz Road, and commencement started at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. more

Gerald Carpenter: Westmont Orchestra, Choir to Preview Program for Italian Tour

The Westmont College Orchestra and Choir, including 120 student musicians, faculty and staff, are making a whirlwind tour of Italy May 12-23.

They’ll be playing concerts in Rome, Florence, Cremona and Venice (kind of makes you wish you’d stuck with those lessons, doesn’t it?). The tickets are bought, the reservations are made and the schedule is fixed, but before they leave, the young musical voyagers will try out their tour program in four local concerts, two in Santa Barbara and two in the Los Angeles area. more

CBB: Westmont dominates All-GSAC awards

The 2015 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Team has been released and it includes eight members of the Westmont. In addition, junior right-hander Russell Harmening of Oceanside has repeated as the GSAC Pitcher of the Year and junior first baseman Alex Bush of Menifee has been named the GSAC Player of the Year. more


Adams, a senior kinesiology major, won NAIA Academic All-America second-team honors in women’s soccer during her junior year. …She also helped Westmont win an NAIA Champion of Character Award last season more

UCSB making its pitch to be the nation’s best

UCSB has pitched lights out this baseball season, even if it’s been doing it mostly in the daytime. …Westmont (37-13), ranked No. 11 and seeded second in the GSAC Tournament starting Thursday, has its own wealth of pitching which includes 6-foot-6 sophomore Daniel Butler (9-0), sports information director Ron Smith said: “He has won his last eight outings, which is quite remarkable.” more

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