Student Collects $500 in Vocational Olympics

Buena Park High School senior Shannon Berge earned $500 by winning first place in the child-care category at the recent statewide Vocational Olympics in Fresno.

Second-place awards were won by Lori Freeman of El Toro in the accounting group and Paul Shozi of Anaheim for architectural drafting. Jolena Grande of Westminster won third place in horticulture skills, while fourth-place awards were won by Juanita Garcia of Buena Park in child care and Tony Ferraro of Anaheim for small engine repair.

Matt Khachadoorian of Costa Mesa took fifth place in small engine repair.

More than 400 students competed and all were regional winners in Youth Expo competitions. The Orange County contest was held at the Orange County Fairgrounds.


Flutist Cassandra Friemel and euphonium player William Hekman, both sophomores at Fullerton’s Troy High School, have been selected to play with the Official Tournament of Roses Honor Band in the New Year’s Day parade in Pasadena. They were chosen after tryouts at Pasadena City College.

Juliann C. Johnson, a Newport Beach resident and stockbroker in Orange who was selected the West Coast “Breck Girl,” was named a runner-up in Breck’s national contest.

Johnson, a graduate of the USC School of Business, and three others representing different sections of the country were selected from thousands of entries that were eventually narrowed to 16 candidates.

The national winner, Joanne O’Donnell of Atlanta, was selected through balloting in a national women’s magazine and in stores where Breck products are sold.


David Sais, an eighth-grader at Columbus Middle School in Tustin, was named to the Orange County Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra. He plays the clarinet.

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, which produces the annual Pageant of the Masters, presented honorary life memberships “for outstanding service” to four of its staff workers.

The recipients are Glen Eytchison of Newport Beach, pageant director since 1979; Diane Challis Davy of Laguna Beach, assistant director; Judy Parker of El Toro, a pageant sculptor, and Fred Bouman of San Clemente, festival controller.

The awards were presented at the festival’s annual membership meeting where Philip Freeman, a 32-year festival exhibitor, Anne Chase and Jack Kemp were reelected to the board.

The 1989 festival is scheduled for July 7 through Aug. 27.

Marge J. Ball, a San Juan Capistrano resident and Orange Coast College’s community services department supervisor, was named “Region 8 Person of the Year” by the California Community College Council on Community Services and Continuing Education. Region 8 includes Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Tustin community volunteers Steve Blankenhorn, Georgia McDonald, Ann Nicholson, Shirley Salapski and Mary Schuerman were honored by the Tustin Unified School District for promoting the recent Tustin Tiller Days’ 5K-10K run. An estimated 450 people participated in the run.

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