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Mariners dance their way to the top

PACIFICA HIGH dance team won another national title (GGUSD photo).

The Pacifica High School Dance program competed at the 2017 USA Nationals Competition held at the Long Beach Convention Center on March 31 and April 1. They took home the National Championship in the Medium Hip-Hop Division, earning their sixth national title since 2013.

The team, led by junior captain Megan Smith, also placed third in the Extra Small Dance division and second in the Dance and Pom division. Their Hip-Hop routine also earned them the Judges Award of Excellence, which is given to the top three scoring teams of all 21 open divisions, their third Judges Award of Excellence overall.

Coach Brie Velton, Pacifica alumni Payton Rice, Jessica and Nicole Erickson, Jia Huang, and Rochelle Mapes choreographed the routines and led the twelve members of the dance team as they competed in six divisions against more than 2,000 competitors from more than ten states.

Starting in early August, the team practices three to four days per week for two hours each day and start learning their competition routines in October. Two months before the competition they add a 6 a.m. practice. The dance team also performs at community events, football and basketball games, pep assemblies, and numerous school events.


Brand new episodes of the locally produced health and fitness program, “Fuel Up Fitness,” are now airing in the cities of Huntington Beach, Westminster, Stanton and Fountain Valley.

PCTA’s production crew pauses for a photo at Fountain Valley Fit Body Boot Camp after shooting new episodes of “Fuel Up Fitness.” L-R: Tony Zambrano, Danny Hitt, Rich Rosensweig, Nino Giornalista, Anthony Gunderman, Tony Cantillo, C. Sue Braun, and the program’s producer, Yollenna Morales (PCTA photo).

Co-Hosted by Sam and Zenia Joyner of Fountain Valley Fit Body Boot Camp and produced by the Public Cable Television Authority (PCTA), each half-hour program features a workout segment led by Sam, as well as a healthy cooking segment with Zenia. =

“’Fuel Up Fitness’ is about getting those who are watching excited about health and fitness,” Zenia Joyner says. “We want to bring awareness to our community via every avenue was can, and PCTA has allowed us to do this through our program. We hope ‘Fuel Up Fitness’ inspires our community to exercise and eat healthy daily!”

“Fuel Up Fitness” and other local programming produced by PCTA can be seen via Charter/Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier FiOS and AT&T U-Verse. For airdates and times for “Fuel Up Fitness,” visit and click on the city logos.


The Garden Grove Community Foundation is looking for vocally-talented, local high school students to compete in the 6th annual The Voice of Garden Grove singing competition. One lucky student will have the opportunity to win $500 and the title, “The Voice of Garden Grove 2017.” Another $500 will be donated towards the winning student’s high school choir.

The competition is open to high school students that are residents of Garden Grove or students of the Garden Grove Unified School District. Auditions are being held in May and June. To sign up for free, visit or email no later than May 31, 2017.

The Voice of Garden Grove is a pre-show to the free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park, 12001 St. Mark Street, every Thursday, starting July 13 to Aug. 10.

For more information, call (714) 741-5280. To view photos from previous singing competitions, visit @GGCF.1988 or @GardenGroveCityHall on Facebook.



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