Mississippi high school students roll into a memorable week at the high school

Four students from Winona. Mississippi, Secondary School arrived in town Sunday night to begin what promises to be an amazing experience.

LBHS principal Don Austin and Winona’s Charlie Parkerson met at a national educational conference and developed what Parkerson terms “an odd-couple relationship.”

The two have maintained an ongoing email and cell phone stream of communication that, through private funding, has allowed the two innovative school leaders to work together to create a student and principal swap that has two juniors and two seniors from Winona in Laguna this week with four from Laguna heading in the other direction later this school year.

The four students are staying with LBHS families and they attended a full class schedule at the high school today – and will through the week.

There is a broad and busy schedule of events that included a game between the Angels and Athletics at Angels Stadium last night and a UCLA football game this coming weekend. In between, they will visit cultural sites and attend a college interview session with SOKA University that provides full scholarships for students whose family income is low.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Andrew Chesteen Photo

Staff photo by Matt Quilter

Winona senior Andrew Chesteen had the honor of throwing out the first pitch before last night’s Angels-A’s game at the Big A. Chesteen, whose fastball has been clocked at 93 mph, fired a 60’6” strike

Staff writer and photographer Matt Quilter attended the game and recorded this Q&A interview with the Mississippi righthander…

MQ:  Your plane got in yesterday about 4 p.m. and here you are about to take the mound to throw out the first pitch at Angel Stadium.  Any impressions of SoCal so far?

AC:  It’s very different!  Very different all around.

MQ:  What team do you follow back in Mississippi?

AC:  The Atlanta Braves.  They were in first ‘til a couple of weeks ago. They’re making a run for it; they might make the wild card.

MQ:  You pitch for your high school team - what kind of year did you have?

AC:  I had an OK year.

MQ:  Now, you’re about to toe the rubber, and it is still 60 feet 6 inches, but any thoughts on throwing off a major league mound?

AC:  (laughing) It’s going to be crazy!

MQ:  What pitch are you going to throw?

AC:  Hopefully, a strike!

MQ: Andrew threw a strike to Angels third base coach Dino Ebel and came off the field to high-fives from the LBHS crew on the sidelines.

MQ:  We’re you nervous?

AC:  Very!

LBHS 2010-2011 Varsity scoreboard

Sept 28

Boys Water Polo: 8-4Laguna continued play in the South Coast Tournament over the weekend with three victories.

Laguna defeated Foothill Friday, 7-5, and both Servite (11-8) and Long Beach Wilson (9-5).

Football: 0-3 – When your three top players all miss a game early in the season to a team such as Bishop Montgomery, winning becomes a nearly unreachable goal.

Laguna QB Austin Paxson, receiver Chris Paul and running back Norty Penney sat out last Friday’s game.

Backup QB Larry Stewart did a commendable job connecting on 14-of-33 passes with two picks and three TDs. Derek Reigel hauled in two scores and Stewart hit Robert Clemons from 47 yards away for the game’s first TD.

Bishop Montgomery prevailed, 48-18.

Girls Golf: 7-1, 6-1 – Aliso Niguel defeated LBHS Monday at Aliso Creek, 196-244, in a non-league match.

Girls Tennis: 2-2The Breakers jumped out to a large lead in the first round and their doubles won eight out of 9 sets to beat El Toro, 11-7.

Doubles combos were: Parker Poche/Aislin Elkin, Claire Jaeger/Haley Moss and Kate McMahon/Chloe Mansour.

Girls Volleyball: 5-2 – Allison Palmer had 47 assists combined with 21 kills from Chanel Stewart and 19 by Marina Paul led Laguna past Torrey Pines at Dugger Gym Tuesday.

The visitors took game one, 25-23 but the Breakers came back to win the final three games, 28-26, 25-15, 25-21.

LBUSD School Readiness Literacy Events planned

Children up to the age of five receive an introduction to literacy

Laguna Beach Unified School District School Readiness personnel will be collaborating with the local library and schools for two upcoming literacy events for children from birth to five years old.

On Wednesday, Sept 29, the LBUSD School Readiness facilitator will be teaming up with the Laguna Beach Public Library to present the Literacy Basket Event, which is a program to promote early literacy. Parent education information, a free book for each attendee’s family plus a raffle, books, games and puzzles are just a few of the offerings. The event will be held Sept 29 from 11 a.m. - noon in the Children’s Section of the Laguna Beach Public Library.

On Thursday, Oct 7, the LBUSD School Readiness team will be participating in and promoting a national event called Jumpstart’s Read for the Record©, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation. In homes and communities all around the world, children and adults will be reading the book titled, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Working with teachers and volunteers from area pre-schools, as well as LBUSD Elementary sites, LBUSD Early Readiness Program Facilitator Julie Olsen’s goal is to read to 1000 children from birth to five years old. She elaborates on the benefits of early literacy, “Reading is not learned by itself: it is related to listening, speaking and writing. By listening to stories, nursery rhymes, songs and poems, children learn language patterns they can apply to reading and writing. The more books children are exposed to, the better. The more parents involve their children in these activities at home, the more likely their children will become lifelong readers.”

For more information about the Literacy Basket Event or Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, contact Ms. Olsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Additional information about the Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program can also be accessed at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/readfortherecord2010/

Clinic carves out space for teens every Friday

Teen-friendly health-care advocates are on-site at the city’s Community Clinic at 362 Third Street every Friday from 1pm – 4 pm. Adolescents ages 12 – 19, who are always welcome at the clinic, have this special time to focus on special health needs.

According to Nurse Practitioner and Director of the Teen Clinic, Karen Deck, the teen clinic serves 50 to 75 teens a month and most have insurance through their parents. “Adolescents normally don’t access health care independently. We see them primarily for immunizations, coughs and colds, and for issues of sexual health,” Deck says.

The clinic was established nearly ten years ago, with the help of grants from the Kaiser Foundation and Cox Cable, in response to two teen pregnancies among very young adolescents. Alarmed by their age, and aware of a gap in services for girls this age in south County, Clinic staff decided to create a special afternoon for teens. The program is not only for the sick or those in need of preventive services, but provides education and treatment in a non-judgmental environment. Deck says staff has been specifically trained to serve and counsel adolescents.

Most of the teen patients are from Laguna Beach as this is the only program of its type in town. Others come from as far as San Clemente, Anaheim and Santa Ana, Deck says, although there are Planned Parenthood clinics providing comparable health services for girls in Costa Mesa, Orange and Mission Viejo, including issues of healthy relationships, sexuality and sexual health, physical health, fitness and nutrition, drug and alcohol issues and emotional health.

For further information, call Nurse Deck at 949.494.0761 or come to the Community Clinic Friday afternoons – teens always welcome.

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