Graduation 2019: Villa Park High in commencement photos

Orange Unified School District’s Villa Park High celebrated its Class of 2019 at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

  • Alexandria Poteat gives a zot sign during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Carly Shotwell, right, waits in line with her fellow graduates before the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Graduates walk across the field during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Confetti gets caught in the safety nets as parents celebrate during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Underclassmen applaud as graduates head to their seats at Angel Stadium during the Villa Park High School graduation in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Aaron Duncan shows off his diploma during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates prepare to walk across the field during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates cross the infield at Angel Stadium during the Villa Park High School graduation in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates wait in line before the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Dr. Kenneth Miller, principal at Villa Park High School, speaks during their graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates prepare to walk across the field during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates wait in the tunnel before the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates celebrate during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brianna Schroeder speaks during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates listen to the National Anthem during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates line up before the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Nathan Cerulli waits with his fellow graduates before the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Dalia Verde celebrates with family after the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates head to their seats at Angel Stadium during the Villa Park High School graduation in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • James Gagliardi celebrates during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A pigeon decides to crash the party during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Julien “JuJu” Franklin waves to his family during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Karla Bustamante waves to family after receiving her diploma during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Nayeli Gonzalez poses for photos in front of Angel Stadium after the Villa Park High School graduation in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Brianna Guerra gets a hug during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Family members of Sydnie Johnson celebrate after the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Jillian Cline smiles as she shows off her diploma during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cameron Illingworth poses for photos with family after the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Family members wait for their graduate after the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates, including Sophia DeLoera, center, celebrate during the Villa Park High School graduation at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Graduation 2019: Brea Olinda High, in Brea, commencement photos

Brea Olinda Unified School District’s Brea High celebrated its Class of 2019 at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13, on campus.

  • New graduate Rania Jaradat, left, takes a selfie with her sisters Jeneene, center, and Dania after the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Kaylen Cradle reacts when she sees her family in the stands as she enters the stadium to begin the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Parents react when they see their son or daughter enter the stadium during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates take their positions at the start of the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • History teacher Johnpaul Wilson, left, gets a hug from Isabella Ortega after she received her diploma during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brea Olinda High’s principal, Dr. Ixchel Sanchez, right, congratulates a graduate after she received her diploma during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Andrew Ryan, right, gives coach Michael Baker a hug after after receiving his diploma during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jacob Anquiano gives the “hang loose” hand sign as he enters the stadium to at the start of the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Callalily Egan wore spectacular earrings for her graduation during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Nathan Wyse points out his diploma to his family in the stands during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduates throw their graduation caps into the air at the conclusion of the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduates embrace at the conclusion of the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jaylene Hernandez, center, is all smiles as joins fellow graduates in their seats during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Faith Wood waves to her family as she stands in line to receive her diploma during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Rayna Alonzo, center, is joined by her family for a fun group photo following the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduates line up for a group photo after the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Daniel Parahnevich, left, and his girlfriend Ashley Chen hold up photos of Parahnevich’s sister and graduate Liza during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Seung Yeon Choi waves to her family in the stands during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • John Cruz waves to his family in the stands during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates motion with their arms as they sing the school’s alma mater at the conclusion of the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Efren Zuniga, left, struggles to pick up his son Efren, Jr. as his family members, right, laugh at his efforts following the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Marcellus Brown, center, is photographed with his parents, Frankie and Cheryon following the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduates Keona Saltas, left, and Rachel Spadt celebrate after the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hundreds of family members and graduates pack the field for celebration and photos after the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Craig Smith, left, takes a photo of his granddaughter Khalil Morton against the school banner after the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduating seniors sing “Season of Love” from the musical “Rent” during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Melanie Oliva, center, gives the valedictorian address during the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • As graduates and their families celebrate, John Ojeda, a custodian at Brea Olinda, begins stacking chairs following the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • After the majority of graduates and families left the stadium a few stayed around for a few more photos after the 2019 Brea Olinda High School commencement ceremony in Wildcat Stadium at Brea Olinda High in Brea on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Graduation 2019: Fountain Valley High in commencement photos

Huntington Beach Union High School District’s Fountain Valley High celebrated its Class of 2019 at a commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12, at LeBard Stadium in Costa Mesa.

  • A graduate shows off her diploma to her family in the stands during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Joely Knoob jumps off the platform after receiving her diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Trinity Kuiland, 17, left, gets a hug from her boyfriend Jaylen Flores, 17, after he graduated at the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A graduate shows off her diploma to her family in the stands during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Carranza family hold up photos of graduating senior Giselle Carranza, 18, as she enters the stadium at the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Moises Prado lifts up his son Christian after he graduated in the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Jerome Dovan, 18, left gets a hug from his mother, Vananh Nguyen after the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A graduate does a dance around his diploma he laid on the field during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Thousands of parents and family members attend the 2019 Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate celebrates after receiving her diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A graduate points to his family in the stands after receiving his diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Family crowd around a railing to photograph their graduation senior during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate celebrates after receiving his diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate celebrates after receiving her diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate celebrates after receiving her diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate gets a high-five from a faculty member during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate shows her diploma to her family in the stands during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A graduating student gives the thumbs up during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate does a dab after he receives his diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Joely Knoob celebrates after receiving her diploma during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Marlon Atuatasi, 18, is loaded down with leis after the 2019 Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates pose for photos after the 2019 Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduated Jamal Assaf, 18, poses for a photo with his family after the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduates embrace immediately after the 2019 Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Ivy Duong, 17, left, poses for a photo with her nephew Zed Apricio 6-months after the 2019 Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A family gathers for a photo after the 2019 Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hundreds of graduating students take their seats during the Fountain Valley High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Placentia debates forming own fire department, amid criticism from OCFA

Would Placentia forming a new city fire department and relying on a private ambulance company for emergency medical calls be a responsible move to curb out-of-control costs, or a “reckless gamble” that would put the city’s residents at risk?

Residents, firefighters and city leaders debated those questions – and the future of fire and emergency medical services in Placentia – at a packed meeting Tuesday, June 4. As of 11 p.m. the proposal was still being discussed (check back for updates).

Some speakers praised the service provided by the Orange County Fire Authority, which Placentia has contracted with for more than 20 years for fire protection and 911 medical response.

But others said they understand and support looking at other options, considering that regular increases to how much the city pays the authority have far outpaced the growth of Placentia’s overall budget.

After months of research and a request for bids for firefighting and EMS services, City Administrator Damien Arrula proposed that the city form its own agency to handle firefighting and related services, and hire Lynch Ambulance to respond to medical emergencies and take patients to the hospital.

A report to the council projected the first year of a new Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department and EMS services from Lynch would cost the city $6.1 million, compared with $7.1 million to stay with OCFA – and Arrula forecast that potential savings could grow to more than $28 million over the next 10 years.

Opponents of the proposal, including OCFA Chief Brian Fennessy, criticized the proposed use of some reserve firefighters, and that Lynch has never provided 911 service to a city before.

“These are professionals. They know what they’re doing. They’ve got all the resources they need,” resident Blake Montero said of OCFA.

In a letter posted on its website, the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association – which represents OCFA firefighters – called the city’s plan “a reckless gamble” that would give residents lower-quality service.

But others said they’ve watched the city cut other public services and the Police Department shrink while bills for fire protection consume more of the budget.

The council was elected not just to ensure public safety, but to be responsible with taxpayers’ money, resident Dennis Blake said.

“That means you have to look out and see what’s the best thing for the city,” he said. “That’s what you’re doing.”

Several speakers against the proposal urged the council not to make a decision right away and to try to work things out with the authority. A report to the council noted that OCFA declined to submit a bid.

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Hundreds line up for the ‘world’s biggest strawberry shortcake,’ a Garden Grove Strawberry Festival tradition

  • Honorary Director Mike Fenderson checks the schedule before the strawberry cake giveaway at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A crowd of more than 3,000 people lined up for free cake during the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Alice Lim was among dozens of Pacifica High School students who helped pass out about 3,000 pieces of cake during at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • There were 2,640 strawberries on the 33 sheets of cake that were given away at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Lincoln Springs Farms were one of several vendors offering strawberries at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A crowd of more than 3,000 people lined up for free cake during at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Andrea and Mariana Gonzales from French’s Bakery cut the nearly 3,000 pieces of cake that were given away during at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Connor Harrison seems overwhelmed with his crown, trophy and sash after he was named the king of the Tiny Tots pageant at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Contestants in the girls’ four-year-old-division of the Tiny Tots contest line up before going on stage at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Roczelyn Mwassa was a contestant in the Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A contestant in the boys’ four-year-old division showed off his long mane as he strutted on stage at the Tiny Tots contest at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A contestant in the Tiny Tots pageant runs on stage after her name was called during the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Contestants in the boys’ four-year-old division of the Tiny Tots contest wait off stage during the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kaydence Fizer, 5, answers a question from Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen Kassidy Aslay during the Tiny Tots contest at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. Kaydence would go on to be named the Queen of the pageant. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sophia Cordero raises her hands while taking a carnival ride at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A girl in the four-year-old division of the Tiny Tots contest runs on stage when her name was called during the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • A crowd of more than 3,000 people lined up for free cake during the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kaydence Fizer, 5, waits to go on stage during the Tiny Tots contest at the Garden Grove annual Strawberry Festival. Kaydence would go on to be named the Queen of the pageant. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Connor Harrison runs offstage his crown, trophy and sash after he was named the king of the Tiny Tots pageant during at the Garden Grove annual Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Tamela Gari danced with a strawberry mascot as she waited for a piece of free cake during the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • There were carnival rides aplenty at the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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For six decades, it’s been billed as the “world’s biggest strawberry shortcake.”

And while the colossal mixture of flour, sugar, whipped cream and, of course, strawberries may not appear in any record books, it is definitely an impressive feat.

An opening-day tradition, the mega dessert satisfied a throng of sweet-tooths  who waited for free slices on Friday, May 24, at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival.

Over its 61 years, the confection has grown from one large cake to a dozen huge sheet cakes, stacked in several tiers and separated by pillars.

The Strawberry Festival opened Friday afternoon with rides, games, food, live music and a “beauty contest” for tots – all followed by the famous cake cutting. The festival will continue through Monday, Memorial Day.

The festival, which benefits local organizations, takes place at Village Green Park, 12732 Main St. Unlimited rides are $35. For more information, go to strawberryfestival.org.

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Laguna Beach police cars will keep American flag logo despite some objection

  • A Laguna Beach black and white police car sports a new American Flag police graphic in Laguna Beach, CA on Monday, April 15, 2019. Laguna’s police cars where all white, the police department added the logo when they went to the black and white cars. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A woman, who declined to give her name, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” during public comments at the Laguna Beach City Council meeting in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • An overflow crowd listens from outside the Laguna Beach City Council chambers where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mayor Bob Whalen speaks to the crowd during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • An overflow crowd listens from outside the Laguna Beach City Council chambers where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People attending the Laguna Beach City Council meeting show their support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars before public comments to the City Council in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Police Chief Laura Farinella and Captain Jeff Calvert listen to Matt Lawson as he speaks during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Lisa Collins waves a flag during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A star-spangled Matt Lawson speaks during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting where the City Council listened to public comment, mostly in support for the new flag display on the Laguna Beach Police cars, in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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LAGUNA BEACH — After a new patriotic red, white and blue logo on Laguna Beach police vehicles became a topic of national debate, this week, the Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday, April 16, ruled that the graphic will remain in place.

“This has made us more unified than anything I’ve ever seen in this town,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, who was one of four council members who voted in support of the design.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman was the lone dissenter, suggesting the “I” in “Police” be changed from red to blue.

“I like how it looks,” Dicterow told an overflowing council chamber. “I got 600 emails from people in Laguna, the ratio of support was 100 percent in support of the design. I got emails from across the country. The flag is a symbol, it doesn’t represent a particular president or political belief. It’s a symbol of what we strive for. What better symbol than one that protects our freedom?”

In a second motion, the City Council voted unanimously to change the motto that accompanies the logo from “Proudly serving our community” to “Serving our community with pride and integrity.”

The debate over the logo gained steam over the weekend following media reports that the issue had divided the community. But the concern generally was less about patriotism than about what the colors represent.

To some, the bold design that showed up on police units was considered too dramatic and “aggressive.”

Complaints about the logo surfaced in early March when the police department began rolling out its new black-and-white vehicles with the new logo.

The Laguna Beach City Council in February unanimously approved a return to the traditional black-and-white cars after the police department requested the switch, saying the solid white SUVs were often confused with local security cars, especially by visiting tourists.

With the new black-and-white police cars, the police department also wanted a new look and logo. The council reviewed six logo selections and settled on two options.

The City Council then asked Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella for her and the department’s preference. Farinella and Cpl. Ryan Hotchkiss, president of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, preferred the American flag look over a proposed beach design.

There was some confusion over which design was actually selected. But the police department and city officials said the American flag was chosen — albeit a muted version of the current logo.

When the original designs were applied to the cars, the muted colors did not stand out. At that point the police department opted for the bolder colors.

On Tuesday, Laguna Beach police kept order in City Council chambers where at least 300 gathered. People stood five or six deep in the back and others gathered on the outdoor patio.

More than 50 people spoke, with just a few in favor of removing the American flag graphics. One woman sang the Star Spangled Banner when it was her turn to speak and most of the audience, along with Councilman Peter Blake, stood up and joined her.

“I think this is a teachable moment for this town,” said Amber Offield. “We can come together as citizens and make the right decision for our police officers and firefighters.”

Annemarie McIntosh, 17, was one of the later speakers. She told the council she had been watching the meeting online and felt she needed to represent her age group.

She pointed out that the Girl Scout uniform she was wearing had a flag and told the council she was in favor of the American flag design on the cars.

“It’s more recognizable and easier for kids to spot on the street,” she said.

Resident Chris Prelitz was among the minority who opposed the current logo. He told the council that others who felt the same were afraid to attend the meeting.

“I’m disappointed in the two council members who went onto Fox News and changed the narrative,” he said. “I’m here for the 20 to 30 people who were too afraid to be here.”

Councilman Peter Blake, whom Prelitz accused of dividing the community, responded.

“People who aren’t here tonight aren’t afraid, they simply lost,” he said. “They didn’t want to face the shame of sending out all those (negative) emails. For this first time, we’ve had a chance to stand up. Thank you for putting us in the position to love our flag. When I thought I would lose my flag, I said, no way!”

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It took years, but Yorba Linda turns the first shovel on its library and arts center

Yorba Linda’s $51 million new library and arts center broke ground on Saturday, Jan. 5, with the long-awaited facility expected to open in the summer of 2020.

“It’s going to be a historic day for Yorba Linda,” Mayor Tara Campbell said of the groundbreaking. “This is going to serve our families and children and seniors for decades to come.”

  • Members of the Yorba Linda City Council, including Mayor Tara Campbell, center, perform a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rebekah Rodriguez, 6, daughter of Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez, snaps a photo during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Orange County Historical Commissioner and past president of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club Pamela Harrell smiles during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez helps his daughter Rebekah, 6, after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda City Council members Carlos Rodriguez, Gene Hernandez, Mayor Tara Campbell, Mayor Pro Tem Beth Haney and Peggy Huang, from left, are joined by City Manager Mark Pulone, right, for a photo during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell speaks during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell speaks in front of an excavator during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A rendering of the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center stands behind the City Council during a ceremonial groundbreaking in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Yorba Linda City Council poses for photos during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Photos are taken after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Photos are taken after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell poses for a photo with her mother after a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rebekah Rodriguez, 6, daughter of Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez, plays with the ceremonial shovels after a groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell, left, chats with Lt. Cory Martino, Chief of Police Services for Yorba Linda, after a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club file past a rendering of the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center after a ceremonial groundbreaking in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Members of the Yorba Linda City Council, including Mayor Tara Campbell, center, perform a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center in Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The 4.7-acre “strawberry field” lot on Lakeview Avenue will be transformed into a two-story, 48,000-square-foot library and a 15,000-square-foot arts center, connected to each other by a paseo.

The new library will be more than 70 percent larger than the current aging facility about a block away. It will feature a large, dividable community room, dedicated space for teens, more study rooms and a larger storytime theater among its features, Library Director Carrie Lixey said.

“Our facility right now is not adequate for all that we do,” she said. “We have to turn people away from programs. So, we are really looking forward to being able to offer our community all of our programs.”

  • The library is proposed to feature separate children, teen and adult areas, various study, conference and community rooms and a story time theater. The arts center’s design includes a 250-seat black box theater, a gallery space and art and dance studios. (Courtesy of City of Yorba Linda).

  • Floor plans of Yorba Linda’s proposed library and arts center. (City of Yorba Linda)

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  • The proposed project includes a 45,000-square-foot two-story library, a 13,500-square-foot one-story arts center and surface parking. (Courtesy of the city of Yorba Linda).

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The arts center will have a black-box theater named after Virginia DeLand, the founder of the Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera, as well as a dance studio and an art room.

The project has been discussed since 2010, but was put on hold for years as the city’s redevelopment agency was dissolved, affecting funding sources. The effort got a reboot in 2016 and the City Council chose the former strawberry fields as the location.

Expectations were for a $53 million price tag, but the cost of the project went down by about $2 million when the bids for the construction came in, the city’s finance director, Scott Catlett, said.

About $25 million will come from the library’s reserves built up over the years. The council also approved issuing about $16 million in bonds, repaid by the future library revenue. The rest of the funding comes from the city’s general fund reserves and the sale of a 13-acre property on Bastanchury Road. The city will sell the old library building for an In-N-Out.

There may need to be a short closure of the library to relocate its collection to the new building, Lixey said, but she doesn’t expect any impacts until the summer of 2020.

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Canyon High School graduation 2018

  • Grant Han celebrates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Grant Han celebrates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Jaden Auger poses for photos with her sister Mackenzie after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Jaden Auger poses for photos with her sister Mackenzie after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Graduates wait to enter Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates wait to enter Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Diplomas wait to be handed out during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Diplomas wait to be handed out during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hala Abusham celebrates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Hala Abusham celebrates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Families cheer for their students during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Families cheer for their students during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • ASB President Kyle Bui addresses the Class of 2018 during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    ASB President Kyle Bui addresses the Class of 2018 during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • John Bader, center, waits with fellow graduates as they file into Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    John Bader, center, waits with fellow graduates as they file into Fred Kelly Stadium for the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Daniel Krahl gets his tassel out of his mouth as he waits for his diploma during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Daniel Krahl gets his tassel out of his mouth as he waits for his diploma during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Britney Kerr, center, beams as she walks with her classmates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Britney Kerr, center, beams as she walks with her classmates during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Lauren Ledesma has her cap adorned with flowers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Lauren Ledesma has her cap adorned with flowers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Ryan Belda poses with his family after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Ryan Belda poses with his family after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates sing the National Anthem with the rest of the choir during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates sing the National Anthem with the rest of the choir during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A UCI-bound graduate listens to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A UCI-bound graduate listens to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Joshua Tarango poses with photos of himself  after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Joshua Tarango poses with photos of himself after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates listen to speakers during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduate Cade Campbell poses for a photo with his grandparents Mark and Marlene after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduate Cade Campbell poses for a photo with his grandparents Mark and Marlene after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A contraband beach ball is tossed around during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A contraband beach ball is tossed around during the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Late arrival Amanda Coelho fills out her name card before the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Late arrival Amanda Coelho fills out her name card before the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Villa Park senior Erin McCurry hugs Canyon graduate Christian Downey after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Villa Park senior Erin McCurry hugs Canyon graduate Christian Downey after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Samantha English, center left, holds her cap as she leaves the field with her fellow graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Samantha English, center left, holds her cap as she leaves the field with her fellow graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Families search for their graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Families search for their graduates after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates Daniel Torero, Kyle Bui and Zach Shorts, from left, pose for photos after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates Daniel Torero, Kyle Bui and Zach Shorts, from left, pose for photos after the Canyon High School graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The Class of 2018 at Orange’s Canyon High School held commencement on June 14 at Fred Kelly Stadium.

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Tesoro High School Graduation

Tesoro High School held the commencement ceremony for its Class of 2018 on June 7 at LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College.

  • Eve DeVault dances back to her seat after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eve DeVault dances back to her seat after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rachel Fulford, right, jubilates as she shows fellow graduate, Sabrina Murphy, her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Rachel Fulford, right, jubilates as she shows fellow graduate, Sabrina Murphy, her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Caroline Fish waves to her family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Caroline Fish waves to her family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Family and friends of new graduates celebrate when the name of the student is announced during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Family and friends of new graduates celebrate when the name of the student is announced during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro seniors walk down the steps to the field at the start of the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro seniors walk down the steps to the field at the start of the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hailey Havourd, center, joins her classmates in the National Anthem during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Hailey Havourd, center, joins her classmates in the National Anthem during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate celebrates during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A new graduate celebrates during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • New graduate Nina Nicole Johansson, right, hugs teacher Ms. Roberts after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    New graduate Nina Nicole Johansson, right, hugs teacher Ms. Roberts after receiving her diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Graduates, from left, Holly Ann Hatchel, Chelsea McCormick and Christa Koontz wave to family and friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Graduates, from left, Holly Ann Hatchel, Chelsea McCormick and Christa Koontz wave to family and friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro graduates take take their seats during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro graduates take take their seats during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Christina Kuntz reacts as she sees fellow graduates pass by during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Christina Kuntz reacts as she sees fellow graduates pass by during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro seniors, from left, Jessica Huth, Chelsea Viera, Sara La Rue cheer as their classmates names are called during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro seniors, from left, Jessica Huth, Chelsea Viera, Sara La Rue cheer as their classmates names are called during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Hannah Williams, left, and Emily Christopoulos embrace during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Hannah Williams, left, and Emily Christopoulos embrace during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Danielle Powers, front, leads the Tesoro High School Madrigals in a rendition of “In My Life” during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Danielle Powers, front, leads the Tesoro High School Madrigals in a rendition of “In My Life” during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A new graduate, right, is embraced by a faculty member during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A new graduate, right, is embraced by a faculty member during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alissa Heinsius, left, and Kennedy Brown celebrate after receiving their diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alissa Heinsius, left, and Kennedy Brown celebrate after receiving their diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Amy Noval, right, as she shows her fellow graduate her empty diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Amy Noval, right, as she shows her fellow graduate her empty diploma during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jeremy Hassel holds up is diploma to his family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jeremy Hassel holds up is diploma to his family in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Julia Pacific reacts when she sees friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Julia Pacific reacts when she sees friends in the stands during the Tesoro High School graduation ceremony in LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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A sea of rubber duckies go surfing at Huntington Beach Pier in a yearly ritual

It’s not often you see thousands of ducks paddling about the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach – once a year, to be exact.

  • Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Over a thousand of rubber duckies are dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Zoe Duncan, 11, looks at the rubber duckies along with her family after over a thousand of duckies were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Zoe Duncan, 11, looks at the rubber duckies along with her family after over a thousand of duckies were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Surfers are seen as rubber duckies drift by after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Surfers are seen as rubber duckies drift by after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people help to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Hundreds of people race to the beach to collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket of duckies while people fill them up as more than a thousand  rubber duckies were dumped at the beach off the Huntington Beach Pier as a race fundraiser Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket of duckies while people fill them up as more than a thousand rubber duckies were dumped at the beach off the Huntington Beach Pier as a race fundraiser Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    A boy helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical &  Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket to collect duckies along with other volunteers as more than a thousand rubber duckies were dumped at the beach as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical &  Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Volunteer Maria Delacruz, from Concordia University Irvine, carries a basket to collect duckies along with other volunteers as more than a thousand rubber duckies were dumped at the beach as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kylee Condon helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical &  Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Kylee Condon helps collect rubber duckies along with hundreds of other people after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Several people help collect rubber duckies after over a thousand were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Volunteer Diane Santos, from Concordia University Irvine, dumps a basket of rubber duckies in a truck as they were collected from the beach after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Photo by  Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

    Volunteer Diane Santos, from Concordia University Irvine, dumps a basket of rubber duckies in a truck as they were collected from the beach after over a thousand rubber duckies were dumped in the ocean from the pier as a race benefiting AltaMed Medical & Dental Group, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need during The Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

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On Saturday, May 19, some 4,000 cute little rubber duckies were released off the Huntington Beach Pier to surf back to shore as fans cheered them on.

The annual ritual benefits AltaMed Medical & Dental Group-Huntington Beach, a nonprofit that provides medical and dental care for Orange County’s families in need.

First yellow bird back won $1,000 for its sponsor – 100 times its price.

Although fewer in number, a sea of ducks will be out again Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m. when ducks purchased by businesses compete for prizes.

The three-day Duck-a-Thon includes an art festival, games and kid-friendly attractions such as a rock-climbing wall.

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