Georgia Military College’s Army ROTC cadets receive scholarships

Monica Lee is one of 46 Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets to receive a scholarship from Georgia Military College. Lee, who is from Cypress, California, proudly holds her check with Brigadier General Curt Rauhut, Georgia Military College’s Executive Vice President.

Each cadet has been offered an Army ROTC scholarship with benefits up to $120,000. To be eligible, cadets must be medically qualified and physically fit. They must also have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) and score at least a 920 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or a 19 on the American College Testing (ACT). The scholarship will be initially used during their first two-years at Georgia Military College. The remaining will be applied at a follow on four-year college Army ROTC program.

“Army ROTC scholarships will pay for tuition, fees, and books,” said Brian Hamilton, Georgia Military College’s Recruiting, Scholarship Enrollment and Operations Officer. “Georgia Military College pays for their room and board, so there’s no cost to the cadets at all. Also, when they leave here to go get their bachelor’s degree the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) will pay for tuition, fees, books or room and board.”

The cadets are currently participating in a mini camp at Georgia Military College before departing Thursday, June 23 to Fort Knox, Kentucky for a month long Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET).

State Senator Janet Nguyen recognizes local high school students

More than 120 women and men gathered at Old Ranch Country Club on Saturday, May 21 as the Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated club awarded scholarships to two local high school students at its High Tea and Fashion Show to Benefit Scholarships.

The afternoon event included an opportunity drawing with more than 100 items and a silent auction. With a harpist Sarah Hsiao filling the ballroom with soft string music, women in stunning hats visited vendors offering a variety of unique items.

Following the sumptuous high tea, which featured traditional favorites, President Nancy Hathcock spoke about the upcoming primary and how important it is to vote. “The news media focuses on the presidential election. We need to focus on making a Republican impact in state and local elections. It is time we restore a balance of power to California!”

Scholarship Chairwoman Stephanie Janji introduced the two scholarship recipients who read their essays regarding the importance of specific Constitutional Amendments. State Senator Janet Nguyen presented certificates honoring their achievements:

  • Sydney Ahmed – Los Alamitos High School: $1,000 Scholarship
  • Grace Yoon – Cypress High School – $500 Dorothy Sharp Memorial Scholarship

Also recognized for her years of community service with the Woman of Distinction Award was Alice Jempsa. A founding member of the Rossmoor-Los Alamitos RWF club, Jempsa received a honorary lifetime membership in gratitude of her support to Republican ideals.

Immediate Past President Margene Walz facilitated the opportunity drawing of more than 100 items, which included table centerpieces donated by the hostesses.” Every hostess decorated her table with a theme that culminated in an imaginative centerpiece. These were truly sought-after prizes,” commented Walz.

Everyone on the tea committee devoted a lot of time and effort to making the event a success. Leading the list was Vice President of Ways and Means Susan Short. Walz added, “The Rossmoor-Los Alamitos club is very fortunate to have Susan. She did an amazing job chairing the event.


Oxford Academy student Sarah Hultman wins 2016 Ginger Anderson Scholarship

fashionSarah Hultman, an Oxford Academy junior from Buena Park, was awarded the 2016 Ginger Anderson Scholarship for Fashion Design at Teen Fashion Scene, an annual showcase presented by the Recreation and Community Services departments of the cities of Cypress and La Palma.

Currently in its 10thyear, the runway show features local teens modeling fashions from popular clothing stores and fashion boutiques, as well as original pieces from teen designers.

Each year, Ginger Anderson, a dance instructor for the City of Cypress for over 30 years, provides scholarships to up-and-coming teen fashion designers.

Cypress city councilwoman Stacy Berry presented the award for “Original Creative Design” to Hultman in recognition of her “Black Swan Collection”, showcased at the runway event.  Inspired by the Darren Aronofsky film starring Natalie Portman, the collection adopts the movie’s dark tonal palette and calls to mind its stylistic pastiche of the worlds of ballet and high fashion, as well as its meditations on the nature of artistic genius and madness.

Hultman’s interest in fashion and apparel design dates back to elementary school.  Featured in the Orange County Register at the age of 11 masquerading as Abigail Adams at the Nixon Library’s annual Presidents Day celebration, she was determined to create original costumes and fashion pieces and would sketch new designs in her free time.

She honed her craft in 2014 at Fashion Camp in Tustin, and in the summer of 2015, she enrolled in fashion design classes at Otis College of Art and Design.

Since that time, Hultman has continued to sketch and fabricate original costumes and high-fashion dresses.  When not designing, she is busy maintaining a 4.67 weighted GPA and working to promote arts education in schools and student involvement in the community.

Besides Hultman, who modeled her own pieces on the runway, the 10th Annual Teen Fashion Scene featured more than 50 models currently attending Cypress and La Palma schools, including Oxford Academy, Cypress High School, Kennedy High School, and Lexington Junior High School.

The local teens modeled spring fashions from such popular stores as Stitch & Feather, Kanvas by Katin, Wild Pepper Sports, Vans, Elison Road, Styles for Less, Furnace, The Denim Bar, and Harvey Girls Gallery.


Tim McLellan named Business Services Administrator of the Year

districtThe Cypress School District recently announced that Tim McLellan, Ed.D., has been named Business Services Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 17. Dr. McLellan has served the Cypress School District as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services since 2010 and has led several major initiatives during his tenure in the district.
As the result of a successful bond measure in 2008, Dr. McLellan provided leadership and direction during the modernization of school facilities to ensure students and staff are afforded an optimal environment for teaching and learning.

Dr. McLellan also facilitated several revisions to the district’s Facilities Master Plan to effectively meet the changing needs of the school district. Such enhancements include new modular classrooms to support the state’s class size reduction program at the primary level as well as the construction of dedicated classroom space on each campus for innovative arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming for all students.

Superintendent Anne Silavs stated, “Without question, Tim is an important member of the Cypress School District team. He understands the impact of high quality instruction on student success and ensures our teachers have the resources needed to deliver a world class educational program for our students. His genuine love of learning, his commitment to all students, and his support of our staff makes him an exceptional leader!”

Sound fiscal management policies and financial stability are the cornerstones of Dr. McLellan’s work as the district’s top business official. The Cypress School District enjoys an excellent credit rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies.

As a result, Dr. McLellan successfully led an effort to refinance the district’s eligible capital appreciation bonds in November, which saved local taxpayers over one million dollars.

Furthermore, his vision and leadership in asset management enabled the district to turn surplus school property into an ongoing revenue stream. Specifically, two closed school sites were recently exchanged for revenue‐generating income property that will support important student programs.

These monies, coupled with revenue from lease agreements at other closed school sites, enables the district to weather fluctuations in state funding, thus protecting valuable school programs from possible state budget cuts.
Dr. McLellan believes all children deserve the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment with all the resources they need to be successful.

Upon hearing about this award Tim said, “It’s an honor to serve this community and work with a team that can bring it all together for kids!”

Board of Trustees President Steve Blount remarked, “Tim is the archetypical ‘Aw shucks, twert nuthin’ kind of guy,’ from participating in Ironman competitions and 24 consecutive LA Marathons to perfectly managing the business affairs of the district with grace, dignity, and humility.

Tim, in my professional opinion, sets the standard for CBOs!”

Before coming to Cypress, Dr. McLellan served in the Magnolia School District as Executive Director, Human Resources and Technology for four years and as a site administrator at the secondary level in Torrance Unified School District for eight years. Dr. McLellan will be honored at the ACSA Region 17 Administrator of the Year & Friends of Education Celebration of Excellence dinner on May 9 at the Irvine Marriott.

Kennedy girls defeat rival Cypress for league title

kennedyThe Kennedy High girls basketball team defeated rival Cypress, 50-40, at Cypress in the final game of the regular season, to take the Empire League championship last week.
Senior forward Ariana Conant had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Fighting Irish to the victory. Camryn Hamaguchi had nine points and KeileyKuwahara added seven points for the Irish. Juanita Nolosco had five points and nine rebound for Kennedy.
Cypress had 15 points from Alison Nelson and 14 from Haley Morikawa, but struggled in the fourth quarter with just seven points.Kennedy opens the CIF-SS Division 2AA playoffs at home against Ontario on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
Cypress opened the CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs at home against Dana Hills on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Los Alamitos Police Chief Todd Mattern retires

retirePolice Chief Todd Mattern has announced his retirement and celebrated his last day with the City of Los Alamitos on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Todd Mattern began his law enforcement career as a police aide with the City of Cypress in 1984, while he studied criminal justice at Golden West College. In 1985, he enrolled in the Golden West College Police Academy as an independent recruit and shortly after graduation, he was appointed as a reserve police officer in Cypress.
In 1986, Chief Mattern joined the Los Alamitos Police Department as a full-time police officer, where he has worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, investigations, press information officer, Special Weapons and Tactics, administration, and as an investigator with the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program. In 1987, Chief Mattern was recognized as the Officer of the Year.
He worked as a Recruit Training Officer for the Police Basic Course at the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center from 1997 – 2004. He believes mentoring recruits and helping to shape their careers has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his law enforcement career.
In 2008, Mattern became the eighth Chief of Police in the City of Los Alamitos and he holds the distinction of being the first officer in Los Alamitos’ history to rise through the ranks to head the Department. Chief Mattern recently completed a 4-year term on the board of directors of the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association and served as their president in 2013/2014.
Chief Mattern received his associate of arts degree from Coastline Community College after earning his Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice at Golden West College, and his bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, Chief Mattern is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.
In 2012, Golden West College awarded Chief Mattern with the Pillar of Achievement Award, which recognizes selected alumni who have achieved notable recognition in their field of endeavor.
Chief Mattern is sincerely fond of the community he serves. He sits on the Boards of the Casa Youth Shelter and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is also the immediate past president and proud member of the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Rotary Club and was named as the club’s 2011-2012 Rotarian of the Year.
Also in 2012, Rotary District 5320 named Chief Mattern their Business Rotarian of the Year for Leadership Excellence.
Chief Mattern looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Rosalia, and their two grown children.

A worthwhile resolution

By Mike McKay

Have you noticed the interesting phenomenon that happens around this time of year? It’s not just Star Wars. We are bombarded with advertisements on TV, pop-ups online, mailings, billboards, and in printed materials all seeking to helping us make life changing resolutions for this New Year!
These appeals range from losing weight to sharpening our minds to building better relationships to finding the right match to increasing our knowledge to experiencing peace or love or success or our dreams. We tend to at least consider these pleas, as most of us really do want to improve in some way.
New Year is a great time to refresh, restart, reignite, and rethink our life, contemplating what key actions will enhance the life God gave us. So sure we all could use some help and guidance, yet some of what is posted and advertised is a bit strange.
was at the gym this past week and as I was sweating it out in the elliptical machine I was drawn to an infomercial endorsing some ointment and special girdle-type garment that when applied and worn for, ‘just a few minutes each day’ and voila!, inches fall off your belly. I wish it was that easy! Another post says having a brisk cold shower each day is the answer to being successful?!?
It seem much of these suggestion are more like the elixirs and snake-oils charlatans would sell back in frontier times. So, what are some helpful actions from a reliable source?
The Bible is packed full of steadfast truths we can rely on. One such truth and a great worthwhile resolution is to know Jesus better.
2 Peter 1:3 His (Jesus’) divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us toHis own glory and excellence
Through knowing Jesus, life has order and aligns.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The Kingdom of God is Jesus on the throne of life meaning we yield to His will and way. It’s a life surrendered to the leadership and love of Jesus, making Him our highest affection. When we do this, life aligns. Because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life as John 14:6 says.
Through knowing Jesus, we are helped and encouraged.
Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Jesus will help us as we deal with the difficulties of life. He may not take them away, but He will walk with us as we endure. His ‘yoke’ meaning ‘way of life’ is what we were created for. We were created to live in relationship with Jesus. So yes, it’s a worthwhile resolution to know Jesus better.
Colossians 1:15-17 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Jesus does hold things together in world that constantly want to pull things, and us apart. One child in seeking to describe Jesus said He is like Scotch Tape, you can’t see Him but He holds things together. Jesus brings peace, hope, joy, and love. Not only all this but Jesus saves us from the deadly effect of sin.
1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Propitiation is the atoning sacrifice Jesus made, dying on a cross so we might be justified before God. Justified meaning the removing of guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time declaring us righteous through what Jesus did on the cross. Yes, Jesus did that for us! How amazing and comforting and wonderful is that?!?
So what are your New Year’s resolutions? I know have made a few to get healthier and accomplish a few tasks, but my greatest determination this year and for the rest of my life is to know Jesus better. Will you join me? Jesus is a worthwhile resolution.
Church is a great place to learn and know about Jesus. If you are not connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need. . We are starting a new series teaching series on the Bible book of Nehemiah that has some great insights on life and knowing Jesus better. We would love for you to join us.
Seeking to know Jesus better with you, Mike.

Mike McKay is Lead Pastor at Cypress Church

Kennedy girls water polo opens with two wins

poloThe Kennedy High girls water polo team opened the season with two wins last week. The Fighting Irish defeated Estancia, 12-4, and followed that win with an 8-4 win over La Mirada.
Against La Mirada, the Fighting Irish were led by Kiara Anguiano and Rachel Rorick, who had four goals each. Carolyne Hernandez had three assists and goalie Cami Owens had seven saves.
Kiara Anguiano had seven steals and Karen Anguiano had four steals. Defensively, Kennedy held La Mirada scoreless in the first quarter and held a 4-1 lead by halftime. They led 6-2 after three quarters before closing out the match.
Against Estancia, the Fighting Irish were led by Karen Anguiano who again had four goals. Katherine Garcia and Hernandez each had three goals. Tabetha Taylor and Rorick each added one.
The Fighting Irish jumped out to a 3-0 lead and led the Eagles5-2 by halftime. The Eagles closed the gap to 6-4 about midway through the third quarter, but Anguiano scored the next two goals to extend the lead back to 8-4 and put the Fighting Irish back in control. Owens finished with 10 saves and five steals and Sabrina Romero led the team with seven steals.
The Fighting Irish will host Millikan on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. and will host Lakewood on Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.

Saint Irenaeus exhibits winning attitude

teamThe Saint Irenaeus girls basketball team won the Coastal Division2 League with a 10-0 record. Saint Irenaeus won 3rd place out of 26 small schools overall last Thursday, Nov. 12 in the PAL Parochial Athletic League.

Another gain from surrendered generosity

By Mike McKay

I was out on a walk with my grandsons the other day and noticed a mom with two kids in tow. They seemed to be in a hurry but as they were scurrying along, the mom kept one moving a little faster as they crossed the parking lot and kept the other from wandering to far on his bike. Safely on the sidewalk, they were moving along until something stopped the mom.
The kids, however, kept going as they were distracted by a puppy passing by. One of kids, now noticing her mom had halted and was reaching into her purse, said to her mom, ‘What are you doing?” The mom said nothing and pulled out a few bills and walked over to a homeless woman and handed her the money. The kids’ attention was now locked on mom, taking in her every move. The homeless woman was appreciative and thanked the mom profusely.
The mom picked up her pace and moving the kids forward marched on. The kids were both looking at their mom, back to the homeless woman, back to their mom. As they passed me, one of them said, “Why did you do that, Mom?” The mom, with a deep satisfaction on her face said, “It’s good to help others and it is fun to share.” The little boy was thinking for a moment and said, “I want to give to someone, can I have a dollar?”
I did not get to see what happened next but that mom did way more than help a person in need. She was shaping young lives to not only notice opportunities to be generous, but to act upon them. That mom’s gift did provide a benefit to the one in need and that mom also obtained the satisfaction and good feeling from being a help, but she also experienced the gain of instilling a generous spirit in her kids. When we are generous, the gain is amazing. The Bible confirms this truth.

Cypress Church Lead Pastor Mike McKay and wife Kristi

Cypress Church Lead Pastor Mike McKay and wife Kristi

Luke 6:38 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
So yes, we should be generous because there are needs we can help meet.
Proverbs 3:27 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Being generous keeps our natural selfish and wanton tendencies in check, yet being generous also enriches our lives.
Proverbs 11:24-25 24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. 25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
That enrichment is the deep joy of helping out another, contributing to a worthy cause, funding a worthwhile organization, and living in line with the generous life God desires us to live.
Acts 20:35 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
So why not be generous? Now, it may take some calculated thought, because we are also to be good stewards (managers) of all that God has given us. To help us, the Bible has some great guidelines on giving (see 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Malachi 3:10-11). Here are three guidelines from 2 Corinthians 9:7
2 Corinthians 9:7 7 Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
The first guideline is to make this an individual matter, ‘each one’ meaning don’t compare your generosity to another. You wrestle with God and give as He encourages you to give. Next give decisively, ‘made up his mind’ simply, think it through; consider if it is the best thing to do, is it a good use of the resources God has given you?. As well, give passionately, engage your heart, not for recognition, but because God moved your heart to give and there is a joy in giving the gift.
For it is truly so much fun to give. I know one young adult who took a bunch of one dollar bills and went out to a shopping center and just handed them out. They said it was great fun to watch people’s reaction as some were surprised, cautious, thankful, appreciative, and even turned to be generous themselves. Surrendering to generosity is well worth it, and besides, God has been so generous to us (see John 3:16), why would we not want to be generous?

Let’s be a blessing today and look for ways to be generous. What person can you bless? What organization can you help? What cause can you support? It does not have to be much. You can even be generous with your time and your talents. There is a gain from surrendered generosity.
If this subject interests you, we invite you to join us this Sunday as we continue our current teaching series called “Surrender: An unexpected journey to thriving as a follower of Christ.” You can check out our website for more details, We would love to have you stop by or listen in online.
Seeking to enjoy the fun of being generous alongside you, Mike.

Mike McKay is the Lead Pastor of Cypress Church in Cypress, California