Follow Your Passion

The Olympics are going to be so much more exciting since we have a hometown girl competing! That’s right, Nicole Ahsinger is competing in Rio on the trampoline! Read her story on page 33. This amazing young lady followed her passion from age 3 and at 18 has reached an incredible goal. Scripps Ranch will be cheering you on, Nicole. Best of luck!

On Saturday, Aug. 13, take a break from watching the Olympics to go to a Movie in the Park. Bring your kids, friends, and neighbors to the Scripps Ranch Community Park and enjoy food and a DJ prior to the movie, which starts at dusk. Check out the details on page 15.

I’m sure many people will attend the Movie in the Park, just as they did the 4th of July Parade. Kudos to chairs Gary Clark and Bob Ilko for putting on a wonderful event. Residents showed off their passion—music, dance, exercise, and more!—as they marched down the streets. Pages 5 and 7 have highlights of the day.

In addition this year, we have a video of the event you won’t want to miss. It captures the fun, patriotic feeling of this Scripps Ranch tradition. Go to www.scrippsranch.org/july4th to see it!

Who do we have to thank for this amazing video? Our new SRCA Newsletter videographer, Jerry Yang. We are so excited to welcome Jerry, a Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) sophomore, to our Newsletter and SRCA family. This talented teen offered to shoot videos for the SRCA and blew us away with his skill. Jerry says he is following his passion, and we thank him for sharing his passion with the community! Look for more of his videos to come!

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) is really a community of its own within our larger Scripps Ranch community. With about 2,200+ students each year, and the thousands upon thousands of students who have attended the high school since it opened in 1993, there is a lot of interest in what happens on campus.

So, in what has become an SRCA Newsletter tradition, at the start of each school year a SRHS senior joins the Newsletter family as a writer. He or she shares his or her passion for writing and gives us “A Look Inside” SRHS and what it’s like to be a teenager in our community.

This year we were lucky enough to have four students interested in the position. So all four will share their unique perspectives with you, each taking a month or two—some more, some less—according to their busy schedules. We’re proud to introduce them to you on page 22, as well as share the first column on what it’s like during the last summer in high school!

As I’m sure you know, school starts earlier than usual this school year—Monday, Aug. 29, before Labor Day. There are many events and orientations at all the schools before “opening day,” so check the Schools section starting on page 23.

Scripps Ranch organizations follow their passion to help the young people in our community. One way is to provide scholarships for college-bound students. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club and Old Pros are only two of them.

In fact, the Old Pros is one group that does so much for the community but keeps a low profile. We convinced them to share a little about the organization and its extremely popular 4th of July Run. They were kind enough to do so. Turn to pages 30–31 to learn a little about the Old Pros, who follow their passion to help the community…and have lots of fun doing it!

The grassroots group Voice of Scripps Ranch is ramping up its opposition to the school district’s proposed four-story apartment building on Scripps Poway Parkway. These residents are following their passion to keep growth in our community reasonable. Find out how you can make your voice heard on page 15.

The Scripps Ranch Theatre announces its 2016–2017 season. See page 45 for the plays, then get your season tickets!

Follow your passion this summer!

Gloria Tran, Editor