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Alex Cherniss, who’s been the superintendent of the San Marino Unified School District for the last five years, has been chosen to become the next head of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, school district officials recently confirmed.

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Two local FIRST Robotics Competition teams – community-based Team JetStream of Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes High School’s Sea Kings Robotics – placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in a three-day regional tournament in Las Vegas.

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The proper way to dispose of the American flag is through a retirement ceremony, and together Boy Scouts Troop 128 , the Navigators, and Fire Stations 53 and 106 conducted such a ceremony March 5 at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall.

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 In the late 60’s, Beverly Palmer was a doctoral student in the counseling psychology department at Ohio State; she was fascinated by the mystery of love, and she wasn’t alone. Centuries before, Aristotle, Plato, and Shakespeare wrote about the subject, and Oscar Wilde even said, “The myster…

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• James Robert Applewhite of Palos Verdes Estates attends Seattle Pacific University and was named to the school’s dean’s list for academic achievement.

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A group of South Bay music students, headed by a Peninsula High senior, has taken up the cause of supporting a burgeoning music program at a Los Angeles high school.

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John Zuercher grew up hearing stories like the one about his great-grandfather standing on a U.S. Navy destroyer as it sunk a Japanese submarine.

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Peninsula High School graduates Raam Tambe and Jerry Wang successfully defended their championship title at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama on June 24. In doing so, the two made history as the first intact, two-person policy team to win t…

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When the mother of a Ridgecrest Intermediate School student noticed her daughter returning home from school with hives, or missing class altogether with allergic reactions, she decided to look into the cleaning products used at the campus.

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For the first time, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District will develop a Facilities Master Plan that will guide the district’s plans for district-wide renovations and updates.

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If Tim Breene wasn’t sure what he meant to students and staff at Silver Spur Elementary School after three decades on campus, they made it more than clear Friday.

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The eighth annual Peninsula High School Physics Boat Races were held last week in the Jackie Prindle Pool. This year, Superintendent Don Austin and Soleado Elementary School Principal Gina Stutzel were invited to join the race. Austin won his heat, but soon sank after reaching the finish lin…

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The Palos Verdes High School Underwater Remotely-Operated Vehicle robotics team won first place in the Marine Advanced Technology Education Southern California Regional competition last month at Long Beach City College and now advances to the international competition, a press release said.

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Sommer DeRudder has always shown slightly different interests than her peers.

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Rolling Hills Prep School seniors Rafi Bernal and Chris Kitchen have been prominent leaders in their school’s robotics programs for seven years, starting with Lego Robotics in middle school and moving through FIRST Tech Challenge and then FIRST Robotics Challenge programs during high school.

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Wouldn’t it be magical and amazing if adults experienced the arts through the eyes of a child? Three motivated mothers with students at Dapplegray Elementary School had that dream and turned it into reality.

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Teams from the Palos Verdes Unified School District recently competed in the Los Angeles County Math Field Day and took home several medals. The competition at Azusa Pacific University April 29 brought together 488 competitors in 122 teams from 33 districts or charter schools, and the events…

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Before Mark Shannon became an educator, teaching speech communication at several local colleges, he spent 30 years as a comic referee for the Harlem Globetrotters and their offshoots, traveling the world with such legends as Meadowlark Lemon, “Pistol” Pete Maravich and Curly Neal. He was the…

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The Peninsula Education Foundation’s 35th annual Main Event gala fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 13 at Terranea Resort, with a theme of “Ibiza En Blanco.” Guests will feel like they’ve been whisked off to the coast of Spain to enjoy the island of Ibiza, a press release said.

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Miraleste Intermediate School team 7035M won a coveted World Championship Think Award for exceptional programming accomplishments at the VEX Worlds Robotics championship tournament last month. More than 30 countries sent their top 160 middle school and 564 high school teams to compete agains…

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Students from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District were recently recognized for their achievements in the National PTA Reflections Program, which encourages participation in the arts, a press release said.

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Rolling Hills Preparatory history teacher Kathy Hagee was chosen out of a national selection of kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers to attend a three-day colloquium entitled, Technology’s Impact on American History: NASA and Flight Technology, a press release said.

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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District will lose three top administrators this year, and three more district leaders are stepping in to fill their shoes.

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On Dec. 7, 1941 tragedy struck in the United States when Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, leaving the organizers of the Rose Bowl game in a difficult position. After much deliberation, they made the decision not to cancel the game, but to move it to the east coast where the safety of…

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Jen Cho, who has been teaching Introduction to Engineering for about eight years at Palos Verdes High School, was named the STEM teacher of the year by the Air Force Association last week.

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After parents complained to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District over its use of pesticides to control the gopher population on some school fields, district officials have suspended the use of those chemicals and are considering whether to make further changes to their method o…