Santa Maria Times

MLB Draft: Santa Ynez grad Tommy Rowan selected by Marlins in 20th round

Santa Maria Reds start season on Friday … The only games the Reds will not play at home this year will take place July 9 and 10 at Westmont College in Montecito. more

St. Joseph High School graduates 90 during Sunday commencement

Ninety Knights took the final step of their high school careers Sunday afternoon, leaving behind fond memories and a legacy of service as they entered the ranks of St. Joseph High School’s alumni. … “It’s kind of surreal in some respects, but I’m so excited for college,” Sarah Yamaichi, one of the Class of 2019’s co-valedictorians, said prior to graduation. “It’s something new – a different chapter.” Bound for Westmont College in the fall, the aspiring businesswoman plans to major in Spanish and Business with a minor in math. more

Music moves mountains: Santa Ynez Valley’s Nichole Dechaine assembles North County vocalists to perform

Although the hilly Los Padres National Forest separates the Valley and Santa Barbra, local choir director Nichole Dechaine recently assembled North County vocalists to show that music really does have the power to move mountains. … more

Music moves mountains: Santa Ynez Valley’s Nichole Dechaine assembles North County vocalists to perform

Although the hilly Los Padres National Forest separates the Valley and Santa Barbara, local choir director Nichole Dechaine recently assembled North County vocalists to show that music really does have the power to move mountains. … more

Santa Ynez High School adds 7 to its Wall of Honor

Aolani Rueff

Rueff (Class of 2009) was named to soccer’s first team All-Los Padres League and All-CIF all four years at SYHS.

Rueff attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara where she led the Warriors in goals (7) as a freshman and became a team captain in the spring of her sophomore year. more

Guided by faith, Valley Christian Academy graduates 13

Twelve students from Valley Christian Academy — and one from First Baptist Christian School’s independent study program — graduated Friday night, prepared for tests of faith and devotion by their Christ-centered education. … Structured similarly to other graduations, Friday night’s ceremonies included speeches by the class valedictorian and salutatorian — Christopher Bracero and Marcos Cardenas, respectively — and testimonies by Smith and Dominic Porpiglia. … Bracero, who will enroll at Westmont College this fall, told graduates to serve God — and others — with the talents and skills he has bestowed on them. more

Hancock College working to update emergency response procedures; bond decision expected next month

The Hancock College board of trustees on Tuesday received a report on the state of their emergency response protocols and update on the consideration of a bond measure for the November 2018 election. … With the Thomas fire and 1/9 Debris Flow still at the forefront of the county’s collective consciousness, Underwood said she reached out to faculty and staff at Westmont College — who were not only affected by the fire and mudslides but, also, successfully addressed and mitigated impacts from the Tea fire in 2008 — for advice. “This last graduating class from Westmont College was evacuated five times,” she said. “[They] have all types of experience dealing with this.” more

Carlos Zepeda masters the hurdles of higher education

Carlos Zepeda was a track superstar at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, a stand-out in the 300- and 400-meter hurdles. His skill, hard work and determination on the track may be what prepared him for what was to come next in his young life… But when Westmont College offered him a significant track scholarship, he enrolled there instead, supplementing the athletic scholarship with one from SFSB. more

Celebrate Earth Day with poetry at Sedgwick Reserve

The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society and the Sedgwick Reserve invite the public to a poetry reading in recognition of Earth Day featuring Paul Willis, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara. The free event happens April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Tipton Meeting House on the reserve. …Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara where he teaches creative writing and British Renaissance literature. more

‘Qualities of Mercy’ gets stage reading at Solvang Festival Theater

The DramaDogs theater company is giving a stage reading of a new play by Jinny Webber from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at the Solvang Festival Theater. …Santa Barbara Reads is an annual community reading program started by the Santa Barbara Public Library System in 2002 and now includes UCSB, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College. more