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BETWEEN HARBORS BTH From page 1 they had heard about the school from fellow Islanders who had gone before them. Most influential among these Islander alumni ap- pears to be Two Harbors resident David Latka, to whom several of the current Islander students made reference. Other recent Islanders to pave the way were Fletcher Canby and Devon Bray. In terms of motivation to attend the academy, Foote also mentions the attractive aspect of, "very good jobs that you can get when you graduate." For Delehant, motivation stemmed from a life-long passion and intrigue for the ocean and its ships. "Growing up on Catalina gave me a love for the ocean. I always thought it was the coolest thing to see the giant ships come into Long Beach while I was on the Express. When I found out there was a school that could get me to do that I was all for it," Delehant said. Butte said she "didn't want to sit inside all day, so it fit perfect- ly." For most of these young cadets, the most interesting aspect of their educational experience has been in the practical application of their classroom studies through their in- ternational cruises and their time at sea. In Oudin's words, "By far the most interesting aspect of my education was through my training cruises, where I was able to learn more about engineering and I was able to travel the world and go to new places that I would never have dreamed of going to," Oudin said. Ponce said it was "getting to ac- tually use what we learned in the classrooms out at sea." During their trairJng and com- mercial cruises most of the Island- ers have traveled to some or all of the following places: Tahiti, Ton- ga, New Caledonia, Maui, Oahu, Korea, Japan, Guam, Saipan, San Clemente, San Nicolas Island, Seattle, Humboldt Bay, Columbia River and Southeast Alaska. For the most part, these Island youth agree that the most chal- lenging aspect of their collegiate careers was being away from the Island. For most, the second big- gest challenge was mastery of the Coast Guard licensing exams. Butte said "they consisted of seven tests stretching over four days. It was really, really difficult. Let's just say one of our teachers took the California Bar Exam, and said this test was MUCH harder. Ev- eryone from the Island passed all seven tests on the first try, which was really exciting." Regarding their future careers, Foote would like to work in the oil and gas industry, in particular on drill ships in the Gulf of Mexico. Ponce would like to work on tug- boats for a while and someday become a Long Beach Port pilot. Delehant would also like to be- come an escort tug captain for EIIie Stevens Columnist ships coming into ports. He would like to set out to sea for a couple of years first, though. Oudin would also like to ship out to sea for sev- eral years, but eventually transi- tion to a career in a shore-side power plant. With mastered exams behind them and only a few weeks left of school until graduation, these bright young Islanders aren't far from realizing their dreams. With so many of our current Islanders setting their courses for careers at sea and with so much enthusi- asm-it won't be surprising if this is just the beginning of a legacy. SENIOR OF THE WEEK Joan Richards '54 Favorite Singers: Joni James and Perry Como Favorite Colors: maroon, gray, royal blue Favorite Song: "It Happened Once Before" Favorite Movie: "Easy To Love" Weakness: crowns Pet Peeve: People who stick their noses into other people's busi- ness Favorite Sport: All, except tennis Favorite Food: steak, baked pota- toes, string beans Future Plans: Attending Santa Barbara College and majoring in Physical Education Robots invade Long Beach Robots are set to invade the Long Beach Arena once again on Friday, March 25 through Saturday, March 26. The competition is presented by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, also known as FIRST. This event is free and open to the public. Since 1989, the FIRST Robotics Competition, FRC TM, has staged competitions around the country to help young people discover the interesting and rewarding life of engineers and scientists. The competition is comprised of short games played by autonomous and remote-controlled robots. The ro- bots are designed and built in six weeks, from a common set of parts, by teams of 15 to 25 high-school- aged young people and a handful of engineer-mentors. The students remotely control the robots in competition rounds on the field. January marks the start of the six-week "build" session each year. Competitions take place ev- ery March where 40 to 70 teams are cheered on by thousands of fans over two and a half days. A championship event caps the sea- son, complete with judges and referees. Awards are presented for design, technology, sportsmanship, and commitment to FIRST. "The participants and their cre- ativity produce such positive inspi- ration for other young adults," said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertain- ment Center. "We warmly wel- come back the U.S. FIRST Robot- ics Competition to the Long Beach Arena." concluded Spellens. NOTICE OF PERTUSSIS BOOSTER NEEDED For the school year 2011-12, all students entering 7th- to 12th- grades are required by law to be immunized against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, by Sept. 7 in order to attend a public school. There is a widespread out- break in California, which has led to many infant deaths. Although the primary series that included pertussis was required be- fore entering kindergarten, called Dtap, those students now 10 years old and older are required under Assembly Bill 354 to obtain a booster shot known as Tdap. Letters are being sent from Long Beach Unified School Dis- trict to parents to ensure that their children are protected, and will not spread this bacteria to others. Contact your medical provider if you are unsure whether you child's last tetanus booster includ= ed pertussis. This will be correctly marked Tdap. Supplies of Tdap are limited. Anything other than this designation is not in compliance and your student will be excluded from school in September until the correct booster is obtained. For more information, call Ava- lon School nurse Karla Parsons, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P. AVISO DE LA VACUNA DE REFUERZO TDAP NECESARIO Summary of Tattoo Establishments Ordinance for Public NoUce The City Council of the City of Avalon will hold a regular meet- ing on March 1,2011, to consider the adoption of a Tattoo Es- tablishment Ordinance. The proposed Ordinance Adding Chapter 19 to Title 5 of the Avalon Municipal Code to Establish Regulations of Tattoo Es- tablishments provides a detailed regulatory scheme intended to protect the health, welfare and safety of clients of tattoo estab- lishments and residents of the City. The Ordinance is intended to supplement the regulations currently imposed on tattoo establishments by the County of Los Angeles. It requires that all tattoo establishments, including their proprietors and techni- cians, comply with all licensing and registration mandates im- posed by the State and the County. Additionally, it requires that tattoo facilities create individual Infection and Prevention Con- trol Plans intended to safeguard against the infection of clients, technicians and the general public. The Ordinance mandates that facilities dispose of or sterilize sharps and other waste in a specific manner. Further, it requires facilities to maintain their equipment and instruments to ensure proper sterilization and cleanliness. The proposed Ordinance requires facilities to ob- tain and maintain proper client consent records. Finally, tattoo establishments shall only be conditionally permitted in Com- mercial and Special Commercial zones, except that tattoo es- tablishments will not be allowed on. Crescent Avenue or on Peb- bly Beach Road bet2ween Crescent Avenue and Cabrillo Mole. Para el afio lectivo 2011-12, todos los estudiantes que entran 7 'hasta 12 grado necesitargm una prueba de dosis de refuerso de la vacuna Tdap antes de comenzar la escuela, 7 de septiembre del 201 I. La tos ferina (pertussis-segOn su nombre en ingles) ha sido pro- paganda en California durante el 2010. Proyesto de Ley 354, que es ahora una Icy de California, require que los estudiantes sea vacunados contra a tos ferina una dosis de la vacuna Tdap el dia de o despurs del 10 cumpleafios. El Distrito de Long Beach va a enviar una notificaci6n de vacunas para los padres de estudiantes para asegurar que sus vacunas esten corrientes. La vacuna es un req- uisito y tiene que ser administrada, se llame Tdap. Si tiene cualquier pregunta pu- ede llamar a la escuela a 310-510- 0790. Karla Parsons, R.N., M.S.N, EN.E Enfermera Escolar Contact us at (310) 510-0500 or dan@cinews.us 4 i Friday, February 18, 2011 The CATAILINA ISLANDER