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Maria Carrillo junior advances to state finals of “Poetry Out Loud”

Maria Carrillo High’s Brynna Thigpen will represent Sonoma County at the state finals of the “California Poetry Out Loud” competition next month in Sacramento.
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SC High School Newspaper Winners

Healdsburg High’s Rebecca Friedemann, a senior who in September will attend the University of Pennsylvania, was named the outstanding high school journalist Thursday at the 62nd Annual Redwood Empire Excellence in Journalism Contest. Included are all the winners from the region’s high schools. The photo is by my colleague, Beth Schlanker.
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The performers of Montgomery’s Musical Gala

Meet the six talented Montgomery High alumni who are returning to perform in a Dec. 27 benefit for the school drama department’s upcoming trip to a festival in Scotland. Shown here is Patrick Varner from last season’s Sixth Street Playhouse Production of “Rent.” Varner is joined by Paul Staroba, associate conductor of the current Broadway hit “A Little Night Music,” plus Cecilia Senocak, Kelly Brandeburg, Seth Clayton and Tyler Reilly. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater, 4400 Day School Place in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20 for students, $35 in advance of $40 at the door. A preferred ticket at $60 includes a reception with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at Copperfield’s or brownpapertickets.com.… Read More »

Bernadette Peters and A Star From Santa Rosa: “A Little Night Music,” What I Watched This Weekend in NYC

Bernadette Peters wows us with “Send In The Clowns.” But for Santa Rosans the show has an added attraction, namely its associate conductor, the incredibly talented Montgomery High grad Paul Staroba. The photo of the marquee of the Walter Kerr Theatre is by Jean Digitale Crooks.… Read More »

Favorite Film: “Life is Beautiful”


Rena Wang graduated from Montgomery High in Santa Rosa and now attends Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. She writes of “Life is Beautiful,” “When I first watched it years ago, I thought the plot was absurd, especially since it seemed to deal lightly with such serious topics as WWII concentration camps. I was astounded at how a movie could so unabashedly leap from drama to romance to comedy to tragedy. In the years since, I’ve come to understand the film actually represented reality to the highest degree.” We include a trailer of the film, which won three Academy Awards.…
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