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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”


Life In The Vandenberg Village Lions Den


eremy Hicks and Eli Pellot were the guest speakers at a recent Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village

meeting. They are both juniors at Cabrillo High School. They recently attended the RYLA (Rotary

Youth Leadership Awards) camp and talked about their personal reflections and experiences.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young

men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an

atmosphere of trust and respect.

Jeremy talked about the group activities they

were assigned too. He said being paired in diverse groups, men

and women, was very impactful. Some of the discussions were

about diversity, character, morals, and ethics. The interesting he

said is listening to the different perspectives on these topics.

Jeremy talked about a personal self reflection of pushing for a

dream. He said during his upcoming senior year, he wants to focus

on a basketball camp for his senior project.

Eli talked about the Rotary Youth Exchange and connecting

with those students. Exchange students learn a new language, dis-

cover another culture, and become global citizens. By connecting

with exchange students, there is an opportunity to build relations

with young people around the world.

Eli talked about his personal reflection about diversity. He

said everyone has personal problems, and when we listen to oth-

ers from diverse backgrounds, emotions play a part in this. When

talking to people, it can change how they express their emotions

because of what people go through.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village and Guest’s thanked Jeremy and Eli for and informative talk.

Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village

to the adverse effects of offshore oil production in Santa

Barbara County.

The Aquarium has previously received six CREF

awards, totaling $459,144. Since 1986, the Cabrillo High

School Aquarium has worked to promote stewardship of

our oceans through a hands-on, cross-curricular, project-

based learning environment. The Aquarium’s current 6,000

square foot facility opened in 2002 and now features over

20 live and static displays, maintained and hosted by Ca-

brillo High School students. The program welcomes over

7,000 visitors annually. Regular Aquarium updates can be

found on the Aquarium’s Facebook page.

Cabrillo High School Aquarium

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obyn Soh is the recipient of the Vandenberg Village Lions Club Scholarship

award of $500. She has been accepted at University of Washington in Seattle

where she will pursue studies in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

obyn plans to enter the Air Force through ROTC and hopes to work in spaceflight en-

gineering on a Mars mission, which has interested her since elementary school. Robyn

told us, “Growing up in the Air Force community has inspired me to pursue a future

in which I serve others and perform with excellence in all that I do.” For the summer,

Robyn will continue tutoring high school students in math and enjoying her hobbies of

playing tennis and playing the guitar.

Samuel Ricci is the recipient of the Lion Billy Hollopeter Memorial Scholarship award

of $500. This scholarship is earned by the individual who most exemplifies the Lion’s

commitment to community service in addition to reaching high academic achievement. Samuel will attend the University

of California in Santa Barbara where he

will major in history with minor studies

in anthropology and education. He plans

to continue with a master’s degree and

acquire a teaching credential. Sam told

us, “I hope to be active in California’s fu-

ture of education, and perhaps become a

part of our history myself.” Sam is busy

this summer working, spending time with

friends, and enjoying his family’s three

pug dogs before he goes off to college.

Our Cabrillo High School senior win-

ners and their parents attended the Van-

denberg Village Lions Club luncheon on

June 13, inspiring us all with their enthu-

siasm and community spirit.

Pictured: Lion Greta Nash,

Scholarship Chairwoman, Samuel

Ricci and Robyn Soh


by Lion Greta Nash