RHE Holds 60th Annual Scouts’ Pancake Breakfast

• Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates held the 60th annual Scout’s Pancake Breakfast last week.
Scout troops from all over the Peninsula attended the event, which was highlighted by the annual Mayor’s Ride, where members of the Rolling Hills Estates City Council arrive by horseback to feast on the pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage.
Frank Zerunyan, a member of the RHE City Council, has participated in the event for 15 years. He has been mayor three times and has been in office since 2003.
“It’s the community aspect of the Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast that makes it so unique,” said Zerunyan. “It is so unique. You can go anywhere in the world, frankly, and you would not find such a pancwonderful community event like this. It’s an event where everybody gets together -- children, parents, horsemen, horses, dogs, you name it. That is what makes it very special.”
Along with hundreds of community members participating in the event, there were a record number of 80 horses at the park. Since there were so many people, it took many Boy Scouts to accommodate the crowd.
Elijah Ding, a junior from Peninsula High School, has been in Scouting since the 5th grade, and this is his 5th year at the pancake breakfast.
“My favorite part of the event is spending time with my friends from other troops, but also providing for the community in a very fun way,” Ding said.
Peninsula high junior Jared Caylor is the senior patrol leader and head Scout. He was in Cub Scouts since second grade and was promoted to Boy Scouts in sixth grade. This is his seventh year helping out at the pancake breakfast.
The Boy Scouts have given him many amazing opportunities, including going to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico over summer where they hiked 107 miles in 12 days.
“Just seeing the community come together and helping the community eat breakfast together is the best part of the event,” said Caylor.
PEN Art Student Earns National Recognition

• Student artwork qualifies to be chosen for U.S. Postal Stamp. Peninsula High School junior Ari Cho has been named one of the winners of the 2018 California Junio r Duck Stamp competition by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 She received the esteemed title of Best of Show in California last month. Her Hooded Merganser will compete with other Best in Show artists at the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Winner of the Nationals will be given the honor of having their piece displayed in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp collection.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service strives to “conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”
By creating this competition, the Service “is raising awareness for the wildlife that may be potentially in danger of becoming extinct. It also gives young artists a way to learn about the importance of wildlife.”
duck.award“After hearing about [the competition] from my art teacher,” Cho said, “I researched many different types of ducks to draw. The Hooded Merganser stood out to me since the purpose of the competition was to make the painting into a stamp. I learned about the environment of the duck and decided to make the background as simple as possible so that the duck would stand out,” she said.
Cho started taking art lessons at a very young age and, she said, found that it was an outlet for her to express herself in a way she could not do otherwise.
Her family members all enjoy art, and she is surrounded by artists who encourage her to keep painting.
“Art has always been my escape,” Cho said. “When I pick up my paintbrush, I focus only on my canvas and my ideas. The blankness of the canvas in front of me allows me to begin something new and unique.”
Cho takes lessons three times a week for four hours or more and is focusing on creating her portfolio for college. She said she does not exactly know what is in store for the future, but she believes her art can make an impact on the world and wants to continue to be able to express herself through each piece.
“To me, art is a nonverbal way of communication,” Cho said. “It is me being able to express every emotion I feel where words would not be able to suffice. It can also give me the platform to share my ideas with others if I cannot explain it in coherent sentences.”
School and Student Safety On Campus

In light of the horrific event that recently occurred in Florida, schools across the nation have taken the initiative to strengthen the protection of their campuses and ensure the safety of their students.

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Tech/Science Students Meet In Bakersfield

• Peninsula High students take over TSA conference in Bakersfield.Some 70 Peninsula High students participated in the annual Technology Student Association  (TSA) events in Bakersfield Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24.

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Panthers Travel To Dominican Republic
• Peninsula High freshmen travel to the Dominican Republic to give away recycled baseball equipment.

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RHP Students Look To Build "Future Cities"
• RHP students plan and build "Future Cities" for all of us to live in.
Urban planning is a subtle art that influences countless aspects of day-to-day life and depicts how the needs of citizens are met in metropolitan environments. This past Fall and Winter, middle school students at Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools had the chance to experience these challenges first-hand as participants in the Southern California Future Cities Competition.
Future Cities asked students to envision forward-thinking metropolitan communities that meet the needs of diverse populations through planning and infrastructure. They were tasked with building a scale model of their city, writing an essay explaining its features, and finishing the process with a seven-minute presentation at the competition in San Diego.
rhp.700This year, the competition included a prompt that encouraged students to conceptualize the best “Age-Friendly” cities that considered the changing needs of populations throughout all phases of life.
Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance students started the process by learning the basic underlying concepts of city planning under the guidance of professional urban planners.
These outside experts guided students through the process of understanding infrastructure and stakeholder needs that create many of the greatest challenges for accessible urban design.
These experts encouraged students to ask how the needs of aging populations change and explored various ways that a city can accommodate those needs.
Students then worked with their teachers, Angela McCray-Hancock, Raemie Begley and Linda Belzer, to construct their early concepts in the city simulation program, Sim City.
Once students understood the important challenges of city planning, such as budget, infrastructure, and architecture, they began planning their entries for the competition.
Each team, broken down by grade, began the process by considering different features they wanted to include in their age-friendly city and started planning the physical layout of their ideal city and writing their essays. During the construction process, students used a variety of tools, methods, and materials to construct their models, including processes like 3D printing.
After months of study, hard work, and construction, the Future Cities teams made their way down to San Diego on Jan. 20 to show their work and present their ideas.
Twenty-eight teams from the Southern California Region competed in the event, and Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance’s 7th grade team placed 4th overall. A special award was given to acknowledge the theme of “Best Age-Friendly City,” and that was awarded to the schools’ 6th grade team. Students were so thrilled with their performance that they were already discussing ideas for next year’s competition.

— email reports

Breaking Down the Walls at PEN
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• New program helps students cope with problems in a group setting.
High school is a time when students showcase their abilities, make new friends and prepare for their future.

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