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Graduation Ceremonies Held

Hundreds of students in Newport Beach celebrated this week as school ended and summer officially started.

Both Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools held their graduation ceremonies on Thursday. CdM on the school’s field and NHHS at their stadium.

For another local high school, the year ended a little earlier. Sage Hill School finished during the first week in June. Sage seniors walked in their ceremony at the school’s town square on June 6.

Several middle school promotions were also held in recent weeks.

Ensign Intermediate, CdM Middle School and other Newport-Mesa Unified School District middle schools held their events Wednesday and Thursday.

Harbor Day School held their ceremony on June 13. The Corona del Mar campus had 48 eighth graders graduate.

Mariners Christian School graduated 89 eighth graders on June 12 at St. Andrews Church in Newport Beach.


Spring and Summer at Sage

After finishing their final exams every year, students at Sage Hill School continue their education in a creative way with the Spring at Sage program.

The program allows students to pursue their passions with intensive seminars, independent projects or global experiences meant to “nurture leadership, creativity, risk-taking, and engagement with the world beyond the classroom.”

Spring at Sage was held between May 25 and June 4.

Students visited Puerto Rico, Argentina, Guatemala and China. They learned about culture, contributed to community projects, visited landmarks and more.

Seminars included North Coast Natural History, Poetic Surfing, How to Do Stuff: 101, Engineering Discovery, Exploring the Paranormal and more.

Now that summer is here, the school has another program for the new season. Summer at Sage “offers students from the surrounding community the opportunity to immerse themselves in credit and/or non-credit classes, workshops, and camps on the state-of-the-art Sage Hill campus.”

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Local Student Competes in National History Bee

Harbor Day School student and National History Bee semifinalist Jean Wanlass recently returned from the finals in Atlanta and placed 32nd out of hundreds of other students across the country.

Wanlass, 11, will be starting sixth grade in fall. She earned her title as  Elementary Division Champion during the Los Angeles regional finals of the National History Bee, held in March at the Corona del Mar campus.

Harbor Day School student Jean Wanlass at the National History Bee.  — Photo courtesy Harbor Day School ©
Harbor Day School student Jean Wanlass at the National History Bee.
— Photo courtesy Harbor Day School


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