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  • 2003 BOHS grad Araz Pourmorad proud to serve under the Obama administration

    4 weeks ago by

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      “Only in this great country of ours can a 13-year-old immigrant who arrived knowing just three words in English (yes, no and monkey) grow up one day to work for the President of the United States.” So said Araz Pourmorad, 2003 Brea Olinda High graduate.

        President Barack Obama has departure photos taken with Araz Pourmorad, Deputy Director of Operations and Continuity, WH Operations in the Oval Office, Oct. 31, 2014. (Official White House)


          “It was a great honor and the privilege of my life to serve the Obama administration in the White House, but now my nine-year journey has come to an end,” Araz wrote as the administration wound down this past winter.

            Araz first served at the White House as deputy director of operations and continuity, and later was promoted to State Protocol. During his years in that post, he managed the visits of heads of states and governments to the United States.

              Travel was also part of his “amazing experience,” as his work took him all over the world.

                Not one to forget his roots, Araz expressed special thanks to his parents, Fereydon “Fred” and Fatemeh Pourmorad of Brea, for making the sacrifices they did so he could have this special opportunity. While serving in Washington,D.C., he also invited three of his Brea Olinda High teachers, Barbara Arcyznski, Janet Chapluk and Marjorie Sepulveda, all of Brea, to visit the White House.

                  A USC graduate with a degree in political science, Araz said he particularly loved the First Family’s dogs, Bo and Sunny, and adored acting as the Easter Bunny in the 134th White House Easter Egg Roll.

                    Asked what he thought of former President Barack Obama, he said he believed him to be “one of the greatest presidents in history.”

                      Though sad to say goodbye to his friends in D.C., Araz has landed on his feet and now works on public policy at Google.

                        We knew him when…

                          Susan Gaede has cast her eye on local news for more than 40 years. Contact her at 714-529-8561 or e-mail suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Olinda Elementary students named state champions for National History Day

    2 months ago by

    After taking first-place ribbons at the National History Day Orange County Competition on March 11, five fifth-graders from Olinda Elementary School advanced to the state's National History Day Competition on May 6.


      Brea students at the state History Day Competition are, from left, Zoe Panis, Jiya Patel, Erika Yang, Jocelyn Islas and Sean Cronin. Their teacher, Jill Berrner, is standing behind first-place winners, Jocelyn and Sean.


        One nation's largest state History day competitions, California has more than 1,200 participants each spring.

          Sean Cronin and Jocelyn Islas took first place for individual projects. Sean's was "Claus von Stauffenberg's Stand Against the Nazi Regime," and Jocelyn's was "Harriet Tubman: Taking a Stand for Freedom."

            Quite an honor for Brea and Orange County!

              Susan Gaede has cast her eye on local news for more than 40 years. Contact her at 714-529-8561 or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • City of Brea Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

    2 months ago by

    Drum roll, Please!


      4 Days and Counting!

        Celebrate Brea's centennial kickoff parade and picnic this Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.


          Historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock is ticking in countdown of the City of Brea’s centennial kickoff parade and picnic this Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.

            The parade will feature over 100 entries including USC Trojan Marching Band, the 501st Legion/Southern California Garrison Star Wars Group, BOHS Ladycat sport stars, local youth and sport groups, Brea police and fire departments, Soroptimist International of Brea/La Habra, and much more!!

              Andrea Barber, actor known for Full House, Fuller House, and Days of Our Lives, along with former Major League legendary pitchers, Randy Jones and Charlie Hough, will be the grand marshals for the parade! All three special guests share a connection with the City of Brea.

                Free parking is available, courtesy of Beckman Coulter, at the southeast corner of Birch and Kraemer. Street closures in the area begin at 7:00 a.m. on the centennial parade and picnic day.
  • A sneak peek at Brea’s very first young people’s history

    5 months ago by

    Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!


      Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman.  (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)

      Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman. (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)


        It's a cute meet on Birch Street....

          ...as six Brea Kids get the surprise of their lives - when Charlie the Clock wakes up and starts talking!

            written by Teresa Hampson & illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins

              HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, BREA - FEBRUARY 23!!!🎂

  • Introducing Brea’s first children’s book kid characters

    6 months ago by

    Although it was a very difficult choice to select district children to be featured in the city's first children’s book, celebrating 100 years in Brea, recently five additional students were chosen. But before I reveal their names, I’d like to thank all those parents who answered the casting call submitting information about their children. Again, a very tough decision, as each and every one of the student’s backgrounds was awesome!


      Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock, a timely community-oriented children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea featuring BOUSD kid characters, from bottom left to right:  Madison Morrill - a third grade Arovista student, Jessie Hirsch - a fourth grade Mariposa student, Roman Meraz - a sixth grade Laurel student, Valeria Zavala – a former Laurel student, Lauren Thompson - a sixth grade Fanning student, Jarred Gonzalez - a fifth grade Olinda student, and Skyler Sandrock - a third grade Country Hills student.

      Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock, a timely community-oriented children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea will feature BOUSD kid characters, from bottom left to right:
      Madison Morrill - a third grade Arovista student, Jesse Hirsch - a fourth grade Mariposa student, Roman Meraz - a sixth grade Laurel student, Valeria Zavala – a former Laurel student, Lauren Thompson - a sixth grade Fanning student, Jarred Gonzalez - a fifth grade Olinda student, and Skyler Sandrock - a third grade Country Hills student.

      The five students selected are as follows:

        Sixth grade Fanning Elementary student: Lauren Thompson

          Fourth grade Mariposa Elementary student: Jesse Hirsch

            Third Grade Arovista Elementary student: Madison Morrill

              Fifth grade Olinda Elementary student:

                Jarred Gonzalez

                  Third grade Country Hills Elementary student: Skyler Sandrock

                    They will be joining Valeria Zavala, who made history in Brea as the first student awarded National History Day champion for California, while attending fifth grade at Laurel Elementary in 2015. Roman Meraz, a current student at Laurel Elementary, will chime in also. Roman was recognized as a County Champion in the Elementary Division in 2016.

                      It has always been my desire to feature as many children as possible in the once-in-a-lifetime book. So there are three awesome sub-projects, starting with Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest that was electronically sent out today via BOUSD principals newsletters.

                        Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest: BOUSD students in the grades 3rd - 6th will have a chance to enter the essay contest, giving their perspective of Brea's future. There will be four winners selected per 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, as judged by the Brea Education Foundation members. The winning essays along with photos will be featured in the book.

                          In addition, we are in the process of scheduling a panoramic book photo to show as many students as possible. And lastly, a whimsy video has been planned to feature an animated Charlie the Clock dancing with children to a song uniquely personalized.

                            The entire project is very community-oriented. Further details are forthcoming.

  • BOHS GITA Club to build Charlie the Clock centennial children’s website

    7 months ago by

    What did the unwound clock say to its owner? A: It’s about time!


      Update on Brea’s historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock caricicature:

        Today, I met with Mr. Salesky, the creator and sole instructor of BOHS GITA (Global IT Academy), and three of his students, Anjali Patel, Zoya Kahn and Kyle Tam, who are working on building a Charlie the Clock website -- showcasing the city of Brea's first children's book, celebrating its centennial year in 2017.
  • Country Hills student, Marissa Valencia, is Honda’s space camp girl

    10 months ago by

    Have you been watching the Honda commercial in which a thrilled and surprised 9-year-old is awarded a trip to Space Camp? The girl in the unscripted commercial is none other than Brea Country Hills Elementary student Marissa Valencia.

    Marissa Valencia, 9, a Country Hills student, is featured in a Honda commercial. Honda gave her a trip to space camp in Alabama. She is shown with the "Helpful Honda guy." Courtesy of SoCal Honda

    Marissa Valencia, 9, a Country Hills student, is featured in a Honda commercial. Honda gave her a trip to space camp in Alabama. She is shown with the "Helpful Honda guy." Courtesy of SoCal Honda


      Her mother, Nina, said it seems like all of Brea has bonded over seeing her on TV or the internet.

        Marissa is fascinated with anything to do with science and visits Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey once a month to learn more. It was there that a casting director came looking for kids.

          The well-spoken fourth grader won a trip to Space Camp courtesy of Honda, and attended along with her father. The company gave her an astronaut outfit (Her father got so “into it” that he purchased one as well!).

            At Camp, Marissa was busy all day, but her two most memorable experiences were going on simulated space missions and building a rocket she was able to bring home.

              Now, more than ever, Marisa Valencia wants to be, “the first woman to touch the moon.”

                Catch her ad online by entering keywords, "Honda" and "space camp."

                  Any news? Give Susan a jingle at (714)529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com

  • 1977 BOHS and Photojournalist Jon Gaede incredible images from Rio 2016 Olympics

    11 months ago by

    Did you enjoy the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games? We did! Actually, for most people it was a welcome retreat from what's going on in the world! Just as amazing it was to see every athlete in action; it was interesting to learn about their background. Everybody has a story to tell.


      USA Results:

        U.S. scores the top medal count at 46 Gold, 37 Silver, and 38 Bronze, for a total of 121 medals.

          Team USA’s 121 medals are the most ever for a U.S. team in a non-boycotted Games, topping the previous high of 110 from Beijing in 2008.

            With 2-3 hours of sleep throughout the games and up to two-hour bus rides between events, Gaede shot thousands of photos. Below are 45 stunning images from his collection:

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

              Olympic Flame

              Olympic Flame

              Rings formed from green

              Rings formed from green

              Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

              Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

              2016 Rio USA Olympic Team

              2016 Rio USA Olympic Team

              USA American sports icon Michael Phelps, winning the men's 200m butterfly final.

              USA American sports icon Michael Phelps, winning the men's 200m butterfly final.

              USA Swimming Team

              USA Swimming Team

              Golf medals

              Justin Rose-Gold Medal Great Britain

              USA Kerri Walsh blocks Larissa Franca of Brazil.

              USA Kerri Walsh-Jennings blocks Larissa Franca of Brazil.

              USA Volleyball Bronze, Walsh and Jennings.

              USA Volleyball Bronze, Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross.

              Kerri  and husband Casey.

              Kerri and husband Casey.

              USA Phil Dahlhusser set

              USA Phil Dahlhusser set

              USA Jeff Henderson wins gold in long jump.

              USA Jeff Henderson wins gold in long jump.

              USA basketball final

              USA basketball final

              Team Synchro Australia

              Team Synchro Australia

              USA Serena Willams

              USA Serena Willams gives a smile

              Ashleigh Johnson and Kami Craig celebrate water polo gold.

              Ashleigh Johnson and Kami Craig celebrate water polo gold.

              Rafael Nadal of Spain doubles gold

              Rafael Nadal of Spain doubles gold

              USA Bubba Watson

              USA Bubba Watson

              USA Simone Manuel -swimming

              USA Simone Manuel -swimming

              USA Chaunte Lowe - women's high jump

              USA Chaunte Lowe - women's high jump

              USA women's 100

              USA women's 100

              USA Ryan Murphy 400m silver medalist

              USA Ryan Murphy 400m silver medalist

              Kenya David Rudisha gold, Algeria Taoufik Makhioufi silver, and USA Clayton Murphy bronze.

              Kenya David Rudisha gold, Algeria Taoufik Makhioufi silver, and USA Clayton Murphy bronze.

              Brazil Thiago da Silva pole vault gold

              Brazil Thiago da Silva pole vault gold

              USA Fencing Women's Team bronze

              USA Fencing Women's Team bronze

              Copacabana beach Volleyball venue

              Copacabana beach Volleyball venue

              Gold medalist: Left to right, Henrik Stenson (Sweden Silver) Justin Rose (Great Britain Gold) and Matt Kutcher (USA) Bronze.

              Gold medalist: Left to right, Henrik Stenson (Sweden Silver) Justin Rose (Great Britain Gold) and Matt Kutcher (USA) Bronze.

              USA women's basketball

              USA women's basketball

              USA Sam Kendrick pole vault

              USA Sam Kendrick pole vault

              Kevin Durant USA vs China

              Kevin Durant USA vs China

              Jamaican Usain Bolt 200m run - fastest man in the world.

              Jamaican Usain Bolt 200m run - fastest man in the world.

              Canada diving team

              Canada diving team

              USA beach volleyball - Phil Dahlhausser/Nicholas Lucena

              USA beach volleyball - Phil Dahlhausser/Nicholas Lucena

              USA Serena Williams

              USA Serena Williams

              Ekaterina Volkova - Russia

              Ekaterina Volkova - Russia

              USA Syncho Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA Syncho Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA basketball final

              USA basketball final

              USA diving team

              USA diving team

              USA synchro Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA synchro Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA Simone Biles

              USA Simone Biles

              USA Simone Biles

              USA Simone Biles

              Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony - Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony fireworks

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony fireworks

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony fireworks

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony Olympic flag and flame

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony Olympic flag and flame

  • Grand Slam – Brea Centennial Angels Night!

    11 months ago by

    Special Announcement:


      In commemoration of the city’s momentous 100th birthday, please welcome City of Brea Centennial Angels Night!

        Save the date: City of Brea Centennial Angels Night on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

        Save the date: City of Brea Centennial Angels Night on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. 2017


          Many of us may have heard about "The Big Game" held on Halloween in 1924 in Brea between Brea’s baseball hero, Walter Johnson aka “The Big Train” and his friend, Babe Ruth aka "The Sultan of Swat.” At the time, the city’s population was approximately 1,500 people, but due to the popular game they had to accommodate 5,000 fans!

            Fast-forward to 2017 and mark your calendars to attend Brea Centennial Night to be held at Angels Stadium on Tuesday, July 18, Angels, VS, Washington Nationals (interleague), 7:00 p.m.

              Lots of fun things are in the planning stages such as a tailgate party (awesome), exclusive ticket offer to include centennial memorabilia (cool), selected seating (yay), Play Ball kid (unforgettable), Steal Third, 7th inning stretch (an experience), Game Ball Delivery (sweet), and pre- and post event history videos (pride)!

                We hope to see y'all there!

  • Eve’s tour – a dancer’s dream come true for 2009 BOHS grad

    1 year ago by

    Congratulations to Nadine Olmo! The 2009 BOHS graduate who will be dancing with Grammy-Award-winning hip-hop recording artist Eve, the opening act for Gwen Stefani in her upcoming "This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour."


      Nadine Olmo, a 2009 BOHS grad, is dancing with Eve on tour as the opening act for Gwen Stefani.  Courtesy of Vince Trypsin

      Nadine Olmo, a 2009 BOHS grad, is dancing with Eve on tour as the opening act for Gwen Stefani. Courtesy of Vince Trupsin


        Nadine said she has been dreaming about this day for years, and her hard work paid off. More than a thousand women submitted dance videos of themselves, hoping to be chosen; One hundred were picked to audition. Following rounds of grueling cuts, she was one of just four chosen!

          Nadine started dancing at age three at the Brea Dance Center with the Boyd sisters (also BOHS graduates), Christine, Stephanie and Jenny. After graduation, Nadine moved to New York City and trained at the Broadway Dance Center and with the Dana Foglia Dance Company. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

            The tour opened July 9 at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend. It will travel to 28 cities in the United States and Canada.

              Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

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