Westminster High School has a new principal. Owen Crosby takes the reins after four years as principal at Corona High School. He earned his M.A. from California State University, Fullerton and taught mathematics before moving into administrative role.
Former principal Shirley Vaughn will be the new assistant principal at Huntington Beach Adult School.
The Garden Grove Elks Lodge #1952 Antler Program has donated $500 to the California Hawaii Elks Association Major Project.
The Antler program, originally started in the 1930s, has been revived lately as away of developing youth. It emphasizes patriotism, respect for parents and love of home, good citizenship, good character and more.
The major project donation was toward helping children with disabilities. The Antlers youth learn responsibility through fund-raising and helping to fund noteworthy causes.
The Garden Grove Police Department traffic unit will be conducting a DUI/drivers’ license checkpoint on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The location of the checkpoint is not announced. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only temporarily. Those caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 200 crashes harming 87 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Carl Whitney of the GGPD’s traffic unit.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nine local high school seniors won recognition and $500 awards from the local Rotary club.
Garden Grove Rotary Club awarded their vocational awards to those outstanding students who will pursue studies in vocational fields after high school.
Kathy Huynh won it at Bolsa Grande, Kareny Cadenas from Garden Grove and Catherine Saboe from Hare.
La Quinta’s winner was actually split between two students, Hoang Tu and Chris Nguyen. Pacifica’s Vocational winner was Julianna Grimmet. Rancho Alamitos had Micaela Sotelo and Santiago, Jesus Mora.
Also given out were two “Service Above Self” awards given to outstanding members of the Rotary club’s sponsored Interact clubs in two high schools. Westin Voung won it at Bolsa Grande and Sherry Leung from Pacifica High School. Los Amigos scholarships are awarded by the Fountain Valley Rotary Club.
“We’ve had great Interact clubs this year,” said Rotary president Errol Giuliano. “They have done great things for their schools and the communities. We are very proud of them.”