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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.

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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.”

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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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