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Conor Garruto – Westlake High School: The Brother He Lost Inspires His Passion for Music

Conor Garruto – Westlake High School: The Brother He Lost Inspires His Passion for Music

Editor’s Note: We have published Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shinning Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 for the next few days.  Mr. Garruto is the last of the spotlighted students, but far, he is not the least.  Thank you VCOE for sharing their stories.   It was just before Thanksgiving last year […]

Diana Lopez Luna – Ventura High School Dual Language Program Opens Doors for this Senior

Diana Lopez Luna – Ventura High School Dual Language Program Opens Doors for this Senior

Editor’s Note: We will publishing Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shinning Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 over the next few days.  Diana Lopez Luna will graduate from Ventura High School able to read, write and speak fluently in both English and Spanish. She got a head start speaking Spanish at home, but […]

Kevin Galvan – Fillmore High School Resilient Student Headed “Wherever the River Takes Me”

Kevin Galvan – Fillmore High School Resilient Student Headed “Wherever the River Takes Me”

Editor’s Note: We will publishing Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shinning Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 over the next few days.  Imagine coming to a new school in a new country where you don’t speak the language. That was a reality for Kevin Galvan, who enrolled as a freshman at Fillmore High […]

Aissa Carnet – Santa Susana High School Budding Film Maker’s Craft Helps Her Stay Focused

Aissa Carnet – Santa Susana High School Budding Film Maker’s Craft Helps Her Stay Focused

Editor’s Note: We will publishing Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shinning Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 over the next few days.  Ever since she was a kid, Aissa Carnet had to work extra hard to stay engaged in tasks and complete her schoolwork. So, when she was diagnosed with ADHD last year, […]

Johnny Lopez – Gateway Community School: Alternative School Gets Troubled Teen’s Life on Track

Johnny Lopez – Gateway Community School:  Alternative School Gets Troubled Teen’s Life on Track

Editor’s Note: We will publishing Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shinning Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 over the next few days.  Most students who attend Gateway Community School in Camarillo aren’t there by choice. They come after being expelled or referred by their neighborhood school because of persistent behavior problems. Johnny Lopez […]

Brice McKeown – Moorpark High School Student is at Top of His Class after Major Life Trauma

Brice McKeown – Moorpark High School Student is at Top of His Class after Major Life Trauma

Editor’s Note: We will publishing Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shining Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 over the next few days.  On the morning of January 26, 2005, Brice McKeown’s father was riding on a Metrolink train passing through Glendale when it slammed into a vehicle that a suicidal man had parked […]

Wren Palmer – Channel Islands High School : Military Life Gives Seabee’s Daughter Discipline to Succeed

Wren Palmer – Channel Islands High School : Military Life Gives Seabee’s Daughter Discipline to Succeed

Editor’s Note: We will publishing Ventura County Office of Education’s “Shinning Stars” from the High School Class of 2017 over the next few days.  As the daughter of a high-ranking Navy Seabee, Wren Palmer knows what it’s like for her dad to be away for long stretches of time. “If you add up the amount […]