Briefly In Education

December 08, 2011
  • "Team LEGOna Beach" wraps up a third year of success. From left to right, Coach Jim Wogulis, Jack Fast, Michael Wogulis, Perry Cheves, Tyler Cheves, Michael Beu and Coach Brendon Cheves.
"Team LEGOna Beach" wraps up a third year of… (Coastline Pilot )

Team LEGOna Beach nabs first place

Laguna Beach students took home first place overall at the First LEGO League Cup at Legoland in Carlsbad last weekend, according to a news release.

Team LEGOna Beach, comprised of middle school students Michael Beu, Jack Fast, Michael Wogulis, Tyler Cheves, Perry Cheves and JP DeBarber, beat out 60 teams in this year's challenge, "Food Factor: Keeping Food Safe."

The team's use of LEGO and robot models received high marks in project presentation, robot design and core values.

"We're so fortunate that the boys have been able to work together closely for three years now. They remind me that we can face big challenges and have fun at the same time," head coach Brandon Cheves said in a statement.

The group will compete at the RoboGames in San Mateo in April.


LBHS announces 'Sound of Music' auditions

Auditions for Laguna Beach High School's spring musical, "The Sound of Music," begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" tells the story of Maria and the von Trapp family set during World War II in Austria, according to a news release.

"We are thrilled to bring this family classic to our stage this spring," drama teacher Mark Dressler said in a statement. "This is a title that is probably most often requested by our audiences because of its famous score and important story set in one of history's most dramatic periods."

Younger actors will be needed to fill out the cast as members of the von Trapp family, according to a news release. A special audition for elementary and middle school students will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the high school.

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Laguna students perform in winter concerts

This month, students of all ages will be singing, dancing and playing music in a variety of shows at the Artists' Theatre.

First up is Laguna Beach High School's "Perceptions" dance show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Many different styles of dance will be represented in the show, including hip-hop, ballet and jazz.

Tickets are $20 for reserved, $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call the box office at (949) 497-7769. Tickets will also be available at the door.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 12, the LBHS Jazz Orchestra will perform "La Cha-Cha-Ra," an original composition from Laguna musician Dan Reckard. Also, Thurston Middle School's Junior Jazz Ensemble will play, with some students performing solos for the first time.

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