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SBHS names assistant principal

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has announced that Cailean Kilroy Villasenor will be the new assistant principal at Santa Barbara High School. Ms. Villaseñor has taught physical and life sciences at Santa Barbara Junior High since 2012. She also served as the district’s secondary teaching integration coach since 2017, SBHS Principal Elise Simmons wrote in a notice to parents. Ms. Villaseñor is also an adjunct professor at Westmont College. more

Valencia’s Kysar, Marquez embracing experience at Area Code Games tryouts

Jakob Marquez always looks forward to Area Code Games tryouts. … Marquez has two Valencia teammates — Ryan Kysar and Grant Weiss — there with him. Hart’s Daniel Parra and Isaac Kim, as well as Canyon’s Jace Root, are all moving on to the second round of tryouts, which are held at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

AN ARRAY OF ADVENTURES: Cal Coast Adventures serves lessons and tours of surfing, kayaking, biking and more

Tucked away in Santa Barbara’s Eastside at the corner of Carpinteria Street and Nopalitos Way, Cal Coast Adventures is serving up all kinds of services for clients’ adventurous cravings. … Mr. Hawkins, a Porterville native, moved to the Santa Barbara area 18 years ago to attend Westmont College. He has not left since graduating, and now he’s thinking about growing the business across generations. more

OUT and ABOUT: Winick joins art board

Barry Winick has been named a member of the board of trustees of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. … He serves on the Arts Advisory Board of Westmont College and is a board member of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation.  more

Westmont students solving thorny problems for their college

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And 15 of Westmont College’s best and brightest are working in downtown Santa Barbara as a part of CATLab to solve some of the toughest problems facing the liberal arts college. CATLab takes its name from Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology. It is a summer lab that is designed to help Westmont solve problems that normally would be extremely expensive. This year’s team is using the software SalesForce to help the admissions office manage data more efficiently, according to a news release. These students are led by senior business and computer science major Dante Poleselli, who was a part of the pilot program last year. The pilot program included seven students who helped create software that “dramatically improved the donor relations, donor tracking and fundraising systems,” according to the news release. more

ON STAGE: ‘The Dream of America’ at Sunken Garden

Westmont College students, graduates and professors will join the West Coast Symphony Orchestra for “The Dream of America,” its free concert at 5 p.m. more

LA Angels prospect Michael Stefanic has gone unnoticed long enough

Sometimes it is better to be an unknown than a star. In LA Angels prospect Michael Stefanic’s case he is flourishing in Single-A for the Inland Empire 66ers after going undrafted. LA Angels prospect Michael Stefanicc was an undrafted free agent out of tiny NAIA Westmont College located neared Thousand Oaks.  But the five foot ten inch second baseman has been used to going unnoticed after hitting .363 in his four years at the Golden State Athletic League college. more

Westmont’s Morison earns NAIA Gold Glove

Bryce Morison, a centerfielder from Santa Barbara High who led Westmont College to a 36-16 season this spring, was selected to the ABCA-Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team, it was announced on Thursday. Morison, who also earned Second Team NAIA All-America honors, is just the fourth Warrior to earn NAIA Gold Glove honors. He is the first Westmont player to win both awards in the same season. more

2019 ABCA-Rawlings NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team Released

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association has announced the 2019 ABCA-Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team. The nine award winners, who were chosen based upon their defensive success, were selected by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. … CFBryce MorrisonWestmont (Calif.)SRSanta Barbara, Calif. more

Obituary | Ethel B. Davis

On June 14, Ethel Davis peacefully went to be with the Lord at her home in King City. Here last words were “Thank You Jesus! Thank you Jesus!” She was 99 years old. She was born at Arcadia Nebraska on March 25, 1920. She was married to Chester Davis in 1938 and departed their home in Alpena, Arkansas for King City California the same year. They were married for 53 years until Chester went to be with the Lord in 1991. … Donations: Persons wanting to make a donation in Memory of Ethel can donate to the Nick Davis Memorial Scholarship at Westmont College. more