Early Out: While some county teens graduate this week, others sit in police custody. But not for long. Crowding will cause a number to get released early (B1). . . . One resource that could help the young offenders doesn’t expect much impact from the exodus. Hard-core kids “would rather stick with the bad influences that are surrounding them,” says Rosa Villa of the Oxnard Boys & Girls Club. “It’s sad, but it’s very true.”
Cyber Youth: Simi Valley and Moorpark have launched municipal Web sites, and both can thank young people. . . . Recent Cal Lutheran graduate Leigh Davis took Simi Valley into cyberspace for free. And Moorpark High junior Jordan Gastwirth helped get Moorpark online for less than $500. “He had just completed a home page as a project at the high school,” City Clerk Lillian Hare says.
A Perfect 12: Kimberly Young, above, is so true to her school that the St. Bonaventure graduate never missed a day of class. In 12 years. She even skipped her brother’s college graduation for the last day of 12th grade. . . . Grads LaTisha Rodriguez of Camarillo High and Brandy Johnson of Channel Islands High also somehow capped a perfect 12 this year. “It’s not just the students by themselves,” Camarillo Assistant Principal Billie Covert said, “but the family that . . . gives them motivation to come every day.”
Imperfect, but Proud: Erica Alva can’t say she never missed a day of school, but she is equally proud of this: She made it through school, period. . . . The 18-year-old mother of one graduated Thursday night from Gateway Community School, four years after being kicked out of Oxnard High. “Gateway gave me a second chance,” she says. . . . Now Alva can pursue a career. “I want to be a probation officer,” she says.