Orange High FFA students show off their farm and livestock – Orange County Register

Orange High School’s Future Farmers of America students hosted their annual Farm Fest, opening the gates to Panther Farm for visitors young and old.

Guests had an opportunity to view the livestock raised by the students, watch sheep shearing, enjoy lunch and interact with the petting zoo animals.

The knowledgeable FFA students hosted games, provided butter-making demonstrations, sold plants they had raised and shared information about the very popular petting zoo animals. The petting zoo is maintained by the students and travels to venues for school carnivals and events.

Bruce the alpaca, Lucy the llama, Cadbury the donkey and Ebony the brown goat, all of which are rescue animals, sweetly vied for food and attention from their young visitors.

The annual event is a major fundraiser for the FFA program at OHS, and, sadly, was the last Farm Fest for Patti Williams. Williams, the long-time and beloved director of the school’s thriving agriculture program, will be retiring at the end of this school year. She has grown not only successful student, but also the program, introducing sustainable farming methods, including aquaculture and vertical gardening.

VPHS girls golf

The Villa Park High School girls golf team was named 2018 CIF Southern Section Academic Team Champions, and received a championship banner prior to the Angels vs. Orioles game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Villa Park High girls varsity golf team, center from left, Maleah Kammerlohr, Kristin Lam, Sydney Chandler, Kelly Bryan, Ellie Wilson, Emilie Nguyen, and front, Melody Nguyen and Lenna Lazarre, with Head Coach Chris Salio and Assistant Coach Mark Kammerlohr, were honored at Angel Stadium for academic achievement. (Courtesy of the OUSD Communications Lab)
The Villa Park High girls varsity golf team, center from left, Maleah Kammerlohr, Kristin Lam, Sydney Chandler, Kelly Bryan, Ellie Wilson, Emilie Nguyen, and front, Melody Nguyen and Lenna Lazarre, with Head Coach Chris Salio and Assistant Coach Mark Kammerlohr, were honored at Angel Stadium for academic achievement. (Courtesy of the OUSD Communications Lab)

The team, coached by Chris Salio, included Kelly Bryan, Sydney Chandler, Maleah Kammerlohr, Kristin Lam, Lenna Lazarre, Emilie Nguyen, Melody Nguyen and Eille Wilson. The student-athletes earned a collective 3.92 grade point average, the highest in the enrollment category of 1,500 or more students.

History bell dedication

Prior to its Open House on May 29, Villa Park Elementary School will welcome former students, families, teachers and supporters to a community dedication of the historic bell from the school building that once stood on the site.

Two unused school buildings in the center of the campus, built in a Spanish Revival Style and dating back to 1920, were deemed unsafe and razed in 2017. Orange Unified School District salvaged and restored the large, 500-pound, cast iron bell from the bell tower, plus a crest from the historic building, to create a monument placed in the center of the quad. Local civic groups have contributed for a bronze plaque affixed to the monument.

A welcome reception will commence at 5:30 p.m., with the bell dedication ceremony at 6 p.m. The Open House will be held from 6:30  to 8 p.m.

Open houses

School open houses are an excellent opportunity to preview a school, meet the teachers and administrators, speak with other parents, learn about the school culture and get a glimpse of the level of work expected in each grade.

It is not a time for in-depth discussions, but a chance for the student and family to preview a class, follow up with research, and determine if it is the right “fit” for the student. Today, there are many schooling options.

Open houses have been announced for May 22 at: Anaheim Hills Elementary, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Fairhaven Elementary, 6 to 7 p.m.; Imperial Elementary, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; McPherson Magnet School, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Nohl Canyon, 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Panorama, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Prospect, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Two schools will hold their open house on June 5: California Elementary from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and Sycamore Elementary from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Space travel

Anaheim Public Library will host NASA@ My Library from 6 to 7 p.m. on  May 24 at the Central Library, 500 West Broadway in Anaheim.

NASA Solar System Ambassador Brandon Eastman will present “Myths vs. Realities of Space Travel in Hollywood Movies,” as part of the series. The program is free, and open to students and families.

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