Across the Area

The Aztecs are authors once more

LA QUINTA High School students and teacher Amanda LaPera celebrate the worldwide release of their book “Train of Thoughts.”

Creative writing students from La Quinta High School in Westminster announced the worldwide release of the young authors’ third book.  The 2017 Anthology entitled, “Train of Thoughts,” is being sold on Amazon for $15, and is a 230 page book filled with short stories, poems, and a play written by students.

“Train of Thoughts” represents the third anthology written by the creative writing students at La Quinta High School, who worked under the guidance of award-winning author and teacher Amanda LaPera.  Students were responsible for all aspects of the project including the writing, title choice, cover artwork, revisions and edits.

The genres represented in the book range from romance to adventure, fantasy to comedy, and include stories about robots, jewels, dragons, and fairies.  The book can also be purchased at La Quinta’s bookstore for $10 and all royalties earned will go directly back to the school’s creative writing program.

Student authors include Daniel Bui, Diane Bui, Jennifer Chau, Angela Chhun, Emily Dang, Huan Dao, Kristy Diep, Lily Do, Tuyet Duong, Leianna Giryan, Christine Ha, Joseph Ho, Cheyenne Danielle Hunt, Vicente Inciong, Kenna B. James, Linda Lam, Bryan Le, Becky Lee, Katie Luong, Jayson Mitchell, Katia Navarrete, Angelina Ngo, Andrea Nguyen, Colleen Nguyen, Derek Nguyen, Helen Nguyen, Jenny Nguyen, Kimberly Nguyen, Kristy Nguyen, Vincent Nguyen, Angel Nunez, Thong Pham, Alexandra Quang, Mikayla Reilly, Gabrielle Romero, Chloe Sanchez, Tyler Ta, April Thong, Maggie Tieu, Vylan Tran, Monica Van, Peter Vu, and Aamir Yusuf.

Father’s Day feted in Westminster

The Westminster Senior Center will be hosting a Father’s Day Party on Thursday, June 15 at 11 a.m. Included will be lunch, entertainment by Belly Twins Bollywood Dance Company and many door prizes. Suggested donation for the event is $5.

The center is located at 8200 Westminster Blvd. For more information, call (714) 895-2878.

Special Games set for Friday

Approximately 600 Garden Grove Unified School District students with special needs will compete in Olympic-style events at the 48th annual Special Games on Friday, June 9 at Bolsa Grande High School.  The event is hosted by the GGUSD Adapted Physical Education Department and the Special Olympics of Southern California.

Special Games kicks off at 9 a.m. with the National Anthem and a torch run/relay.  Approximately 600 athletes from 22 GGUSD schools will participate, along with 450 general education students who help host the sporting events and cheer for the athletes.  Some of the Olympic events include the 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, softball toss, soccer kick, football throw, volleyball, and much more.

All GGUSD high school student body programs will be in attendance, along with cheerleaders from Santiago High School, Los Amigos Buddies, Rancho Alamitos Buddies, the Bolsa Grande High School Band, and the Orange Lutheran High School varsity football team.



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