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■ The local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is offering a scholarship to graduating seniors in the district who have excelled in American history and/or social science.

Students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District may submit an essay, describing what he or she has learned in either subject and how they will incorporate into their future life and career.

Most applicants will likely have plans to be teachers, lawyers, military or other public service fields, excluding medical, according to members from the Colonel William Cabell Chapter in Newport Beach.

The scholarship is not awarded based on overall academic performance or financial need.

Although there is no length limit, essays are typically a page and a half plus a cover sheet, handwritten or typed. The verbiage, presentation of thoughts, and neatness are considered. The student’s, name, home address, phone number, and school should only appear on the cover sheet, not the essay or any attached papers. School and community activities should be included and it is recommended the student’s intended university, college, junior college, trade school or study abroad program, and their subject major, be listed.

For details or questions contact chapter regent Karen Treaccar at [email protected].

Essays are to be submitted to NMUSD, office of Dr. Charles Hinman, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, to the attention of Suzanne Sense. Essays and attachments must be received no later than April 27.


■ Community members have until April 30 to fill out the Superintendent Search community input survey.

It is available online or in hard copy from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The questions on the survey are also being asked at the community input meetings and the survey allows for those who can’t attend the meeting to give their opinion and list the characteristics and qualities they’d like to see in the next superintendent.

All input is being collected and shared with the board, the screening committee, the superintendent selection community interview group and, is also available online for all potential superintendent candidates to review to see if they are a match for the district based on the input being provided by our school community.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

Contact the Public Information Office Laura Boss at 714-424-5070 or [email protected] for more information.


April 13-15

32nd Annual Orange County Youth Expo 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the OC Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s expo is “Ewe Rock!” and organizers encourage kids to come out and sow their oats and kick up their heels at the fun, free, and activity filled event for the whole family.

The annual event is a non-profit educational expo that showcases local pre-school through high school kids’ talents through individual, team and group project competitions in a variety of subjects.

This year the expo has a new showcases, including the science technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and digital media arts (DMA) exhibits from Vital Link.

The Vital Link exhibits will encourage kids to explore, discover and connect “to a world of possibilities for a future in STEM and DMA.” They will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations, firsthand information from business leaders, and information about college connections, work experience opportunities, and more.

Some of the expo’s activities include oxen team demonstrations, hay rides, Gale Webb Extreme Sports & Air Show, Wild Science hands-on activities, Scavenger hunt, leather stamping, planting seeds in handmade paper pots to take home, and much more.

Visitors can also enjoy feature exhibitors, arts & crafts, games, prizes and more at the YMCA booth, 4-H competitions with large livestock and small animals, the Home Builders Council 22nd Annual Design/Build Competition, 57th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair, Girl Scouts Art Showcase, Prehistoric Pets, Heifer International, free entertainment and other fun activities.

The event is centered around the fairground’s Centennial Farm, a three-acre working farm at the event center. It was built to “educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life,” according to the OC Fair and Event Center website. It features fruit and vegetable gardens and livestock.

The youth expo is sponsored and underwritten by the OC Fair & Event Center.


April 28

Sage Hill School’s 11th Annual Multicultural Fair, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sage Hill School.

The Multicultural Fair transforms the campus into a “festival extraordinaire” celebrating the rich cultural heritage in Orange County.

“The Multicultural Fair honors the diversity of our vibrant community,” said Head of School Gordon McNeill.

Visitors will enjoy more than 20 international food booths, lively cultural performances, an ethnic bazaar, student-run charity marketplace, and family activities including face painting, henna tattoos and beading.

There will also be a silent auction for more than 70 items including driving lessons, SAT/ACT prep course, sporting event tickets, Disneyland tickets, gift certificates for restaurants and shopping, and more.

Student-run booths will sell unique items benefiting the global community at the public purpose marketplace.

Items up for sale at the marketplace include: Colorful hats from Crochet Kids, made by women in Uganda and Peru to help them escape poverty; coffee mugs to benefit Vision Village, an organization that provides eyeglasses to disadvantaged youth; International Princess Project pajamas made by Indian women, to help them avoid prostitution; and baked goods from Junior Pearls to benefit Beckstrand Cancer Foundation’s Pediatric Oncology program, providing financial aid and care packages to teens with cancer. There will also be items to support Operation Smile, an organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft palate and other facial deformities in children.

Admission is $7 and kids age 5 and under are free. Food and activity tickets are $1 each.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sage Hill School’s Financial Aid Endowment Fund. The event is organized by Sage Hill parents.

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