To invest in the students' lives, SBSOS hired John Daly and his assistant Genna to teach our students 'Keys' to success. The older students attended four two hour classes covering lessons on ethics, manners, networking, positive relationship skills and much more! They learned valuable life lessons on how to 'get ahead' in life.
The students had an amazing time touring In-Touch health in Goleta, CA. We are so thankful for Koji and his amazing friends and connections! His friend Kelton generously took time out of his day to show us how engineers and robots are revolutionizing the medical field. These robots create opportunities for others around the world to benefit greatly. The students were inspired to look further into both engineering and medical careers. Thank you Kelton!
On November 23, 2015, The "General", World #3, Gregory Gaultier played an exhibition with former World Number 19, Shahier Razik, in Santa Barbara to a crowd of squash enthusiasts and our own SBSOS kids. Gregory visited us the day after winning his first World Championships in Seattle, Washington. At the end of the weekend, after winning the World Championships, Gregory moved to World #1!
Greg and Shahier put on a fantastic show playing a 5-set match and showing the crowd some top notch technique and some exhibition-style fun. After the match the guys got on court with the SBSOS kids and gave them a clinic and the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the best.
Thanks to Orla O'Doherty-Brown for making the event a fundraiser for SBSOS. As young squash players, it is awesome to be able to have the kids see the top guys play, and then have the opportunity to meet them. It's not often you have the opportunity to meet the number one player in the sport you play!
Congratulations to David Quintero, winner of the BU19 division! David continues to dominate in west coast events and is currently ranked 117 in the BU19's.
Day of caring
17 SBSOS students and 5 parents got up bright and early last Saturday to start their day of community service for the Day of Caring - an opportunity to give back to the community through a morning of cleaning Shoreline Park, cleaning and painting trash cans, and helping to make our city beautiful.
As the 2014-2015 program year comes to an end, our annual year end party was a celebration of the accomplishments of the program. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara put on an amazing BBQ for the families, volunteers, board and staff. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the end of the year. We celebrated the accomplishments of some of the students in the program with the Year End Awards.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
Team 1: David Quintero
Team 2: Merith Velazquez
Team 3: Josue Jarquin
Honorable mentions: Team 1: Camilla Altamirano, Team 2: Diego Velazquez, Team 3: Monica Paredes
HEAD IN A BOOK AWARD:
INDEPENDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: David Quintero
SPORTSMANSHIP: Camilla Altamirano
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER:
Team 1: Sebastian Paredes
Team 2: Ivett Lazaro
Team 3: Monica Paredes
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:
Diego Lopez - 78.5 hours
Thank you to the Garden Street Academy for providing the fabulous facility to us for our event again this year!
See you next year! (September 5th...)
Today we celebrate the graduation of Daisy Altamirano, our only senior in the program this year. She is CLEARLY going to save the world after she attends UC Berkeley!
We are so proud of you Daisy! All of your hard work has paid off and you will always be able to say that you were accepted to your first choice university!
Also congrats to Sebastian and Javier who graduated from junior high school and who will be attending Santa Barbara High School next year as 9th graders! Two wonderful young men, students, athletes, and role models.
Congrats to Lezly, who is off to Dos Pueblos for 9th grade and Christian who will be attending La Cumbre Junior High!
Congratulations to all our graduates!
SBSOS was recently visited by the KEYT news crew where they discovered what a great mix sports and academics can be.
The Santa Barbara School of Squash is a busy hive of student activity, both in and our of the classroom. Be sure to check back often to find out the latest adventures and achievements of our amazing students.