Santa Ynez Valley News


To say Aolani Rueff’s senior year at Westmont College has been eventful would certainly be an understatement. The forward on the Warriors’ women’s soccer team, a graduate of Santa Ynez High School, led the Warriors to the playoffs with offensive production comprised of consistent play-making and loads of crucial goals. more

Solvang Brewing Company hosts exhibit

Two artists will be showing their work for the next two months at the Solvang Brewing Company, which is becoming a popular alternative exhibit space for members of the Artists Guild of the Santa Ynez Valley.The show opened Thursday, Jan. 26, and features the work of photographer Vicki Mitchell and painter Suzanne Huska. … Mitchell has shown her work at Gallery Los Olivos, Mission Creek Gallery in Los Olivos, Bank of Montecito, and Westmont College. more

Hark! The Blue Angels sing!

The most-beloved music of the season will be presented by the Blue Angels Choir of the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in a festive Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Filling the spacious church sanctuary will be the choral voices of the Blue Angels, along with a return performances by two guest artists who captivated last year’s Christmas audience – David Talbott at the keyboard of the grand piano, and David Gell at the console of the Wesley-Moller pipe organ. … He was previously on the staff of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and for several years was organist and pianist for the Montecito Covenant Church. His extensive travels include performances as pianist-organist for several associates of Dr. Billy Graham. more

Education in Brief: Westmont wins high rankings

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont College in Montecito among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the magazine’s list of Best Values in Private Colleges. The report, which named Westmont No. 88, ranked schools based on academics and economic value. more

Sam Tevis crowned queen

The football stadium at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School was packed Friday night as the homecoming court promenaded down the red carpet under balloon arches of orange and black. … Blakely Colvin is involved with the cross country, golf and track teams. She started an organization called Cupcakes for Cancer, through which she and her friends and family bake and sell cupcakes to help raise funds for cancer research. She plans to attend Westmont College and work with nonprofit organizations. … Sam Tevis is involved in the Associated Student Body government, the Connect club (inspired by the message of Columbine shooting victim Rachel Scott), and the track team. She plans to attend Westmont College and hopes to serve as a speaker at Hume Lake Christian Camps. more

40 students get Valley Foundation scholarships

In a major increase of its academic support, the Valley Foundation awarded $37,500 in scholarships to 40 students this spring. … Javier Garcia, Cal Poly SLO; Monica Herrera, Cal Lutheran; Kylie Horenberger, University of the Pacific; David Imani, Boston University; Parker Johnson, Occidental; Nicholas Kennedy, Westmont; Jorge Lerena, Hancock; … Katheryn McDermott, Cal Poly SLO; Kaci Mexico, Westmont; Calypso Merritt, UCSB; Nory Murcia, SBCC; Erica Perez, UCSB; Yessica Ramirez, SBCC; Connor Reck, Harvard; Jennifer Snow, Sonoma State; Jesus Tovalin, SBCC; and Joshua Yamasaki, UCSB. more

Lompoc Pops performs last concert of the season

Completing its 14th season, the Lompoc Pops Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Lompoc’s First United Methodist Church. … Also on the program will be one of Westmont College’s premium soloists, Kylie Castro, who will be singing “America,” “Misty,” and “Over the Rainbow.” more

Graduation: SYHS graduates win honors, scholarships

Members of the Class of 2011 at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School won a number of awards, grants and scholarships from a variety of sources — collectively, the graduates earned 225 scholarships totaling $1.5 million. … Provost Scholarship, Westmont College: Kaci Mexico … Westmont College Grant: Leslie Bazan, Kaci Mexico … Westmont College Music Scholarship: Nicholas Kennedy more

Sports Briefs; Summer basketball camps scheduled

Westmont college coaches Jeff Azain & Rob Goodrow are hosting summer basketball camps at Santa Ynez High and Dunn School. The camps are ppen to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Week one will be held June 13 to 16 (M-Th), from  9a.m. to 1 p.m. at Santa Ynez. Registration questions can be emailed to more

Several Pirates take recovery road to success

Their coach knows what Santa Ynez girls basketball players Hailey King and Jane Van Der Linden went through when each tore an ACL during their junior year. … King has drawn interest from the Westmont and Azusa Pacific women’s basketball programs. more