Dancers, athletes and volunteers stand out … Bravo!

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Local dancers heading for major competition

Dancers from South Coast Freestyle dance studio showed off all the right moves at the recent JAMZ dance competition in Las Vegas. Three of the all-star dance teams got a bid to the Dance Worlds in Orlando and the junior hip hop team beat out last year’s national champions.

Here are the placings for South Coast Freestyle wins:

  • South Coast Freestyle dancers show off their awards at their studio in Mission Viejo. (Courtesy of South Coast Freestyle)

  • Mary Visconte receiving her Woman of the Year 2019 recognition by Assemblyman Steven Choi, 68th Assembly District on the Assembly Floor at the State Capitol. (Courtesy of Assemblyman Steven Choi)

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  • Marriott volunteers provided much needed aid to Human Options shelter facility by sanding, patching and painting all chipped drywalls, repaired ceiling leaks, deep cleaning, replacing all A/C filters, repainting, cleaning gutters and more.(Courtesy of Human Options)

  • A Lake Forest Rough Rider pushes forward between two defenders. (Courtesy of Jackie Vanderwiel)

  • The Lake Forest Rough Riders pause to enjoy their victories. (Courtesy of Jackie Vanderwiel)



Senior pom: Grand champion in the senior division (highest scoring senior team) and partially paid bid to the dance worlds

Senior lyrical – At large bid to the dance worlds

Senior jazz – At large bid to the dance worlds

Junior lyrical: First place

Lake Forest resident named Woman of the Year

Assemblyman Steven S. Choi honored Mary Visconte as the 68th Assembly District Woman of the Year at a ceremony at the California State Capitol.

Visconte graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in business with an emphasis in management, finance, and marketing, and is the owner of Spectrum Specialties & Awards.

Visconte is also an active volunteer in her community, including as a founding officer of the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, as the first female president of the chamber and now as its CEO. Through the work of the Chamber of Commerce, Visconte has successfully promoted the businesses and community of Lake Forest to visitors and guests.

Visconte chaired the  20th and 25th anniversary celebrations for the city, and currently runs the Lake Forest Meet the Mayor/State of the City event. She is co-chairing the first State of the County this year. She was recognized as the Lake Forest Volunteer of the Year 2013 and Orange County Realtors Volunteer of the Year 2017.

Marriott volunteers support survivors of domestic violence

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, received the support of more than 20 Marriott employees from hotels across Orange County. The employees recently volunteered their time to repair and refurbish the residential emergency shelter for incoming client families.

Human Options reached more than 20,000 community members through education and prevention last year, provided more than 480 individuals and families with a safe home through its emergency shelter and transitional housing program, served 1,400 individuals through community-based programs, and responded to more than 6,500 callers providing immediate crisis support, information and referrals through the 24-hour hotline.

For more information about Human Options, visit humanoptions.org.

Lake Forest team wins regional championships

The boys who make up the AYSO EXTRA Region 85 Boys U9 Team have a good reason to celebrate.

Led by their coaches, Matt Jauregui and John Kipper, the team went through the entire spring and fall 2018 season undefeated, resulting in first place in their division and advancement to the AYSO EXTRA Section 11 Tournament in Costa Mesa.

There they won first place, which then advanced them to the AYSO Western State Championship at the Lake Forest Sports Park. They won both games 3-2 and 4-3, making them the No. 1 team of the western states, which includes Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and California.

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