It was a delight and honor to present to the Santa Barbara Newcomers on Saturday! We even convinced some of them to play squash and they loved it! We hope to see you all on the court or in the academic room soon!
We are delighted to announce that we have an amazing intern for the Fall! Amanda is a junior at Westmont College, also where our own Camilla Altamirano goes! We are excited to have her help and grateful she chose SBSOS to work for. Thanks Amanda!
Day 1 of the new 2017/18 SBSOS year, and our first time back at an old home for academics, the Westside Neighborhood Center! Here's to a great year ahead!
We had an amazing time at John & Sue Burk's ranch in Central California last weekend. Fun, learning, team building, unique experiences, and many many laughs! The pictures tell the story...
Congratulations to SBSOS's only high school senior this year, Zaira Paredes, for graduating from Laguna Blanca. Now for USC in the Fall!
Sebastian Paredes took part in the US National Bronze Squash Championships this weekend in Stamford, CT where he took second place in the BU17 division!
Seeded #7 he beat the #2 and #6 seeds on his way to the final where he lost a tight 3-1 to the #5 seed. The report from John Dewitt, the Squash Haven team coach - Seby was generously welcomed into their group for the weekend - was that he started poorly, a little nervous and tired, but dug in and played two really tough close games to end the match.
John was very complimentary about Seby's behavior and attitude all weekend. We are very proud of him!
SBSOS is delighted to introduce our new Academic Coordinator, Hannah Vidmar!
Hannah is originally from Northern California and has been a part of her local unified school district for the past year as a home hospital and substitute teacher. She has worked with children and adolescents both locally and abroad in education and community support. She is currently an ESL teacher in a Santa Barbara language school. She has been developing her teaching skills and methods since graduating with her BA in Global Studies from UCSB. She has previously spent time teaching ESL in Mexico City to adult learners. She has also worked with special needs education and been involved with youth community development. Hannah looks forward to seeing SBSOS students grow academically and pursue excellence in all they do.
SBSOS students served our community at PATH Santa Barbara this morning! They helped with chopping vegetables and participating in kitchen duty! Way to go!!!
A great tournament for SBSOS at UCLA ended today with Seby winning the BU19, Ivett winning the GU15, Patty 2nd place in the GU15, Angela 3rd in the GU17, Diego 4th in the BU13, Lezly 4th in the GU17, and Javier 5th in the BU17!
Two students from Santa Barbara School of Squash, Patty Claudio and Ricardo Mata, along with their Program Director, Rebecca Walsh, had the incredible privilege of traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with the awe-inspiring Santa Barbara Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Committee this past week. They had the experience of a lifetime staying in a host home of the President of the Ciudades Hermanas de Puerto Vallarta (Sister Cities Puerto Vallarta) chapter. They partnered with Ulama Squash Club where they played squash against the students of Puerto Vallarta and had the honor of playing the number one student in Mexico in her division of U-15.
They were blessed beyond measure to be so well taken care of by both the Sister Cities Committee of Santa Barbara and of Puerto Vallarta. They were able to attend the opening of a medical clinic sponsored by the SB Committee, a pilgrimage to the cathedral, experience folkloric dancing, visit the jungle, and see what it is like to be a squash player in Puerto Vallarta (along with so much more!). They feel forever changed to have witnessed a beautiful partnership of two cities in two different countries.
They say thank you from the bottom of their hearts to Sister Cities for sponsoring them to be a part of such a beautiful friendship between these two cities in different countries and they hope to continue the friendships with the squash students they met in Puerto Vallarta. These two Committees demonstrate that it does not matter the distance, the language, the race/ethnicity, nor anything else---real, meaningful friendships have no bounds.
Ulama Squash Club (PSM)
The Santa Barbara School of Squash is a busy hive of student activity, both in and out of the classroom. Be sure to check back often to find out the latest adventures and achievements of our amazing students.