Why We Succeed

The Scripps Ranch High School Class of 2017 is graduating and it’s bittersweet for me. As you may know, my son is part of this class. What I can’t seem to put into words is just how special this group of kids—and parents—are. The kids are very supportive of each other, even if they are part of different friendship groups. One example of this is the SRHS college decisions Facebook page. No matter where someone is headed, the excitement from all classmates is overwhelming. 

It has been an absolute joy to watch these kids grow from toddlers into young adults. They are our future, and we are in good hands. They are why this country and community will succeed. Congratulations! 

As for the parents, I am blessed to have made dear friends. I could not have survived this journey without you. Thank you for being part of my village, for talking me off the ledge, and for being one reason I succeeded…at least I hope I did! 

As we say goodbye to the Class of 2017, we also say farewell to SRHS principal Ann Menna, who is retiring after 37 years with the school district. Ann, thank you for helping the Falcons succeed and soar to new heights! We wish you much joy as you start this new chapter in your life. 

One more note from SRHS. There’s a team you may not be familiar with that succeeds in many competitions—the Winterguard team. It doesn’t get much funding and students are asking for your help. The team desperately needs new equipment bags because the ones they have are falling apart. Please see page 22.

The SRCA Newsletter has been reporting about the SDG&E transmission line that will go down Pomerado Road. The effect on you: a traffic nightmare due to construction. However, the SRCA succeeded in devising a plan that may help avoid massive traffic backups. See how the SRCA Works For You on page 31.

As summer nears, it’s time to have some fun! It all starts with the SRCA Community Fair on Sunday, June 11. There’s a new venue and lots of family activities. This is a “don’t miss” event! See page 5. 

After the fair, head over to Hoyt Park for the first Symphony in the Park concert of the summer. Page 15 has that information. What a great day on the Ranch! 

Another great day will be the 4th of July! Our community parade is always a success and one of the best around. This year, be part of the parade! Join your friends and neighbors and enter a float. Those details are on page 7. 

The fun doesn’t stop there. The Scripps Ranch Theatre—such a gem in our own community!—has a new production you can see right now. Check out page 41.

Oh, I’m not done yet! How about a free Movie in the Park? The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center hosts a movie in the Community Park on Friday, June 16. Before the movie, there will be lots for kids to do. What a fun way to celebrate the start of summer! Page 15 has more details.

Encourage your kids to read—which helps them succeed!—by signing them up for the library’s Summer Reading Program. Not only do they get to enjoy adventures through the pages of a book, they can win prizes. More information is on page 41. And see page 43 for details about a reading program for adults! 

You may know him as Mr. Scripps Ranch or the Mayor of Scripps Ranch. Our community patriarch, Colonel Bob Dingeman, turns 95 on June 12! This community would not have been a success without him. Happy birthday, Bob! 

Also, I wish all amazing Scripps Ranch dads a wonderful Father’s Day!

Back to our graduating seniors…I wish someone told me years ago not to be afraid to fail. So I share words of wisdom from basketball great Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” 

Gloria Tran, Editor