Advocate Online - Net - Volume 2 - Issue 9
Challenge Entries Surround
Mountain at the Brea Mall
December 7, 2009, 2009,
Orange County ROP Chef/Baking Instructor Rick Royal just knew
his students would love the idea of creating a chocolate
mountain and village in the heart of the Brea Mall. To make it
even more fun, he decided to hold a Gingerbread Challenge, and
invited students from Orange and Los Angeles Counties to
participate in a gingerbread building contest with an education
theme. The Simon Malls staff at Brea Mall generously donated
space for the community event.
More than 25 whimsical gingerbread
creations by teams totaling 71 students are staged until
December 15 at the Brea Mall, Lower Level, Macy’s Women’s Court.
The People's Choice Award—
ballots were cast for People's Choice, and Nemo won with 80
votes. The people who created this popular vote-getter are from
left, Shirley Lee, Kaitlyn Hinkston, Gary Croffoot, and Vanessa
Lee. Shirley and Vanessa are a mother-daughter team, and
another child in the family said they stayed up all night
putting on the finishing touches. Kaitlyn said the secret of
making coral was to pour a particular sugar mixture into ice
was "found" to be
the People's Choice Award winner.
Best High School Entry, Conor Cunningham, (dino
bones); Best Adult Entry, Michelle Martinez, Sandy O'Malley, and Jaritza Gonzalez (Harry Potter—dragon);
Best Combined Group and People’s Choice: Kaitlyn Hinkston,
Shirley Lee, Gary Croffoot, Vanessa Lee (Nemo); Best Theme:
Paula Liborio, Yeshi Beyene, Kris Marquez (Little Red
Schoolhouse); Most Festive: Dianna Huizar, Jassmine Hernandez,
Jasmine Perez (winter wonderland—igloo; and Most Original:
Lucy Flores, Luis Ituburo, and Audrey Macias (Moby Dick).
Most Festive entry was created by students from Duarte High
School. All other winning entries were created by students from
ROP’s Culinary Arts Institute in Fullerton.
Dino bones took
First Place for the Best High School Entry.
Judges for the event were Chef Murat Day, CEC, CCE, AAC,
faculty, the International Culinary School at the Art Institute
of California San Diego; Rick Santana, President, American
Culinary Federation, Southern California Inland Empire Chefs and
Cooks Association; Antonio Muniz, Executive Chef, Los Alamitos
Medical Center; Brady Sherard, general manager, Taps Fish House
Event sponsors, who have generously contributed prizes and
chocolate to create the chocolate mountain and village, are the
American Culinary Federation; Calvary Church; Chef's Toys; Great
Taste Magazine; Mars Office Services; Panera Bread; and Swiss
Chalet Fine Foods.
Click here to view the archived web page featuring a colorful
Engineering Students Meet Astronaut Gene
students from Susan Souza’s ROP Engineering classes
at Sunny Hills High School were privileged to meet the last
man to step on the moon, Commander (ret.) Eugene Cernan, at
a luncheon honoring him at the Experimental Test Pilots
Association Conference in Anaheim recently. The students met
military pilots and pilot/engineers from several private
flight research organizations at the event. This opportunity
acquainted them with several new careers in engineering.
"America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of
Words spoken by Eugene Cernan, as he stepped into the space
the last man to leave the moon, December 11, 1972.
North Orange County ROP Among Top
Mid-Sized Companies in Orange County
North Orange County
ROP ranked eighth in the mid-sized business category in the
Orange County Register’s annual Top Orange
County Workplaces 2009, published on December 9,
2009. The ranking was based solely on staff input to a
survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics in early October.
Thanks to your positive
input we were among the top twenty-five workplaces in
Orange County. Interestingly, Coastline ROP ranked eighth
in the small business category. Dr.
Michael Worley, superintendent, and Pat Hansmeyer, Public
Information manager, attended a breakfast on December 8 at
the Orange County Register, where the ranking announcements
Club Meets at La Vista
The Fullerton Chamber
of Commerce and ROP are working to help students at La Vista/La
Sierra demystify the workplace and make the world of work more
accessible to them. ROP Legal and Law Instructor Dave
Gonzalez, who spent part of his high school years at La
Vista, was the motivational speaker for the students at their
first meeting on December 9. Students in the program are slated
for ROP training and graduation from La Vista High School. North
Orange County ROP staff members who attended were CGS
Brian Warner, Administrator
Tony Garza, and Pat Hansmeyer.
Fullerton Chamber Executive Director Theresa Harvey was also
present, and spoke about the desire of the Fullerton Chamber to
help pave the way for students’ entry into the workplace.
Students Learn about Careers at
Western High's Career
Students in Jerry Cates
Building Industry Technology Academy at Western High School
demonstrated what they could do by framing a small room at the
school’s annual ROP/Career Fair on December 10. Other
instructors and staff present to demonstrate the joys of various
careers were Dave Lopez, Legal and La Occupations; Kirsten McDaniel, Child Development;
Retail Careers, Meg Sullivan, Entertainment Park
Tourism/Knott’s Berry Farm; Daniel Batimana, Professional
Dance; Corey Duarte, Culinary Arts; Steve Heck,
CNC and Principles of Engineering Design; Mary Celeste,
Cosmetology; Pat Hansmeyer, Public Information; Elizabeth Cardenas, Western High School Career Guidance
specialist (CGS) and Bill Nelson and Julie Dentler, Administrators, Instructional Services.
Second Place in Doubles Tournament
Keri Wilson, first year
Legal and Law instructor at Magnolia High School was asked by
student Janice Nakanishi to play in the Magnolia High School
Turkey Tennis Tournament. The team took second place in the
doubles competition that day. Keri insists that Janice was the
real star and claims she only provided the comic relief.
Congratulations to both the star and the comic.
FBI Citizens’ Academy
Legal and Law
Occupations Instructor Dave Lopez completed an eight-week
FBI Citizens’ Academy course at agency offices in Los Angeles to
help him understand and convey information about the
organization to his students. The FBI, in an effort to become
more transparent, selects influential citizens to undergo the
Dave is seated in the center of the photo.
County ROP is an equal opportunity Educator/Employer.
North Orange County ROP