Archive for 'at risk youth'

Escape from paramilitaries – How a Guatemalan wound up at Lighthouse

Posted on 29. Mar, 2017 by .


By Michael Ashcraft Ivan Arango never liked the party because, as he repeated, they always ended with fights, hatred and vows of revenge. But his close friend, Antonio, prevailed on him to go to his high school graduation’s celebration in Guatemala – in the cantina. Sure enough, a fight broke out over some stolen beers, more »

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Now he’s landing goals instead of punches

Posted on 09. Feb, 2017 by .


His shots went high and wide. Junior Abraham Morales, who showed plenty of speed and skill, couldn’t put the ball into the net to save his life. Then in the second half of the season, things suddenly came into focus for old blurry-shooter. He nailed a shot against Westmark from the left flank. And on more »

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Good thing he’s fidgety: how extra energy helped on the soccer field

Posted on 23. Jan, 2017 by .


Often, Brandon Montes overflows fidgety energy in the classroom. He’s drumming on the desk, snapping fingers, sneering at classmates across the room, clowning around. Believe it or not, through it all he’s paying attention too. On Thursday of last week’s extraordinary week of soccer, Brandon was paying attention and put his gush of energy to more »

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In only second match, renascent Saints get their first win

Posted on 05. Oct, 2016 by .


By Alexis Lyons, LCA sophomore Well, that didn’t take long. Supposedly the reconstruction of the Saints volleyball team would be an arduous haul through a string of disheartening losses. But the resurgent Saints won their first set against a league team Tuesday against Pacific Lutheran 15-11 on the sand of Manhattan Beach. “What an exciting more »

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The golden generation

Posted on 25. Sep, 2016 by .


By Michael Ashcraft This was the class that reduced teachers to tears. But something happened in the intervening years to our current crop of freshmen. The former devil-may-care rascals stopped creating classroom chaos, stopped ditching homework assignments and stopped terrorizing teachers. They started speaking respectfully to adults, started improving their academics and started serving at more »

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