Canoga Park High teacher doesn’t give up on at-risk kids

first_imgYou’ll have to forgive Canoga Park High School teacher Caryn Cornell Michaels if she doesn’t give up on kids others might not give a second glance – let alone a second chance. As a graduate of Canoga Park High and Columbus Middle schools – campuses where she now works with at-risk kids – Michaels has walked in her troubled students’ shoes in more ways than one. “I was just going down the wrong path,” said Michaels, 44, of her teen years. “I hung out with a lot of kids who abused drugs, and fortunately my mother made sure I went to school and got good grades.” Besides her mother, a former English teacher, Michaels credits the intervention of a middle-school instructor with helping her get through that difficult period in her life. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I was going through incredible depression, and that teacher, he probably saved my life,” Michaels said. “I was 13 years old, and I wanted to die. I had a plan.” A plan she was on her way home to carry out. “This teacher sensed something was wrong with me and made sure I didn’t go home. I never even told him what I was going to do.” Without help from him and others, Michaels realizes she was destined for a hard-knock life, being one of only three of her core group of friends to graduate from high school. One of them later died “because she couldn’t leave that (drug) culture,” Michaels said. And the other friend’s boyfriend, an artist who painted a mural that still is on display at Columbus, was killed in a crack drug deal gone bad. So when Michaels, a mother of two sons ages 9 and 19, walks the campuses of her youth today as a health teacher and safe-school coordinator – part of a program that allows her to work closely with kids heading down the wrong path – it’s not with a sense of nostalgia that she does her job, but a sense of gratitude. Through 23 years of teaching and mentoring, the California State University, Northridge, graduate has engaged in the kind of relationship building that has had a profound effect on her students. Canoga Park High senior Steven Navarro, 17, is one of them. On a recent day, he was dressed smartly in a gray suit and tie for his shift at a local department store. His polite and confident air was a far cry from the life he might have led had Michaels not persuaded him to join United Colors, a student conflict-resolution group. “I’d probably be a gang member,” he said. Through United Colors, which Navarro first joined while at Columbus, he and others help stop fights and other campus disputes before they start. The group consists of students from all ethnicities and walks of campus life. Navarro said United Colors has helped him grow up. He sees Michaels as a confidante. “She’s someone I can talk to,” said Navarro, who plans to attend Pierce College after graduation. “I can trust her. Whenever I need anything, I can come to her. The same for me. If she ever needs anything, she can come to me. “That’s why I’m here,” he added about coming to school for an interview during his holiday break. Canoga Park junior Katherine Gonzalez, 16, has her sights set on Oregon’s Concordia University after she graduates next year. She wants to be a doctor. She’s also a member of United Colors and said she very easily could’ve dropped out of school and gotten involved in gangs without Michaels’ guidance while at Columbus. And while Canoga Park has made headlines this year for its gang and racial problems, Gonzalez noted groups such as United Colors have a positive appeal. “Some (students), after we helped them, they want to know what they can do to get into United Colors,” she said. “In my school, you’re split by areas that you live. United Colors teaches us to interact with people you would never talk to. “There’s not only Latinos and blacks, there’s many ethnicities in the group. … You see how much we have in common, and it helps the school unite.” The students meet once a week, discussing and debating everything from the number of prisons versus schools in California to what makes a good citizen. “It’s hard to hurt somebody if you know them,” Michaels said. It’s tough to say how many students Michaels has helped keep away from gangs or helped graduate, but she doesn’t want the credit, instead citing principals, deans and teachers for the “team effort.” She also recognizes people such as Los Angeles police Lt. Tom Smart, who heads the Gang Impact Team for the West Valley Division. “I think the world of her,” Smart said. “She is a very proactive, committed teacher. … She’s the real thing.” In January, Canoga Park High will begin Over the Bridge, a program designed for “high-risk” students who otherwise would get kicked out of school. About 15 kids will be isolated from other students on campus. They’ll not only study math and other core subjects but also receive life lessons from Michaels and other instructors. It could be their last chance. If nothing else, they’ve got an in-your-corner ally in Michaels, a fellow Canoga Park Hunter who once sat at the same desks, ran in the same streets and managed to overcome some of the same demons. “I’d rather work with my own Canoga Park kids,” she said. “They’re good kids.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Cancer Bus Service have pleaded for support to help continue the fantastic service they provide for those suffering from cancer in Donegal.Those whose suffer from cancer in Donegal have to undertake the mammoth journey from the North-West to Galway for radiation treatment above. They’re asking you to vote for them to be awarded the community trust nomination, which would give them €5,000.That money would cover the cost of running the fantastic service for five weeks.To vote go to and click the vote button to cast the vote.To watch the clip, simply click on the video above. DDTV: DONEGAL CANCER BUS SERVICE ISSUES APPEAL FOR FUNDING GRANT was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeatureshealthnewsServiceslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 92 | A visit with Leah Curtis on LEBoR and much more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The crew of Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and Kolt Buchenroth join Leah Curtis of the Ohio Farm Bureau to get the latest legal updates regarding Ohio agriculture.In addition to the in-depth chat with Curtis about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, the crew also hears interviews with Jon Scheve about the recent USDA market reports, Mark Loux on the growing weed problems, and Victoria Popp on benchmarks for beginning crop producers.All that and more in this podcast, sponsored by AgriGold.last_img

GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the third time in five years, LeBron James gave his Filipino fans another night to remember during his Strive for Greatness Tour 2017 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come backADVERTISEMENT FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pride and joylast_img read more

Filipino bets Carlo Biado, Johann Chua enter WPA Players Championship semis

first_imgCarlo Biado in the inaugural WPA Players Championship. Photo from WPA website (, Philippines— A possibility of an All-Filipino final in the WPA Players Championship looms after Filipino cue artists Carlo Biado and Johann Chua entered the semifinals of the inaugural tournament in Las Vegas.Both players face Taiwanese competitors in the semifinal with Biado facing off against Chang Yu Lung and Chua tangling with 2015 US Open champion Kevin Cheng.ADVERTISEMENT Chua survived another thrilling encounter, overcoming Greece’s Nick Malaj for a come from behind 10-9 win in overtime of the round of 16. He easily beat Vietnam’s Duong Quoc Hoang, 7-3, to book a ticket in the final four.World no. 3 Biado, meanwhile, also needed the extra time to beat Yang Ching Shun of Taiwan, 8-6, in the round of 16 before tripping USA’s Shane Van Boening with a convincing 7-4 win to advance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEarlier, Chang ousted another Filipino bet James Aranas, 8-6 then knocked out hall of famer Ralf Souquet, 7-5, to advance to the semi.The semifinal will be played in a race to nine, alternate break format. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Grizzlies’ Kyle Anderson undergoes surgery on right shoulder DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Says UCLA AD Dan Guerrero Voted Incorrectly On Satellite Camps

first_imgpac-12 logo.Update: I assumed that eight or nine Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. As it turns out, it was 11, with the assumed dissident being UCLA, according to Stewart Mandel. You can’t make this up.Larry Scott confirmed that 11 of the 12 Pac-12 schools did not support a satellite camp ban. Would not say the 12th, but, now you can guess.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016Earlier: Two weeks ago, Washington State head coach Mike Leach said that most Pac-12 programs are for satellite camps, and that he didn’t know why the conference voted against it. According to Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has an answer: UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero voted the wrong way.New twist in satellite camp ban. Pac-12 commish Larry Scott says their rep, Dan Guerrero, “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016It is unclear whether this was subterfuge by an athletic director whose school is in a talent rich city, or just a mistake, but it makes sense that most Pac-12 programs would want the chance to see players from other areas. While UCLA and USC have the advantage of being in Los Angeles, and Stanford has its own very unique recruiting ability, satellite camps make a ton of sense for pretty much every other program in the league.last_img read more

7 gold biscuits seized at IGI

first_imgNew Delhi: CISF arrested a passenger with 7 gold biscuits weighing around 820 grams from IGI Airport, New Delhi. An AI SATS staff was also nabbed in this regard. On July 3 at 11 pm, CISF surveillance and intelligence staff at international arrival piers of Terminal 3, IGI Airport observed suspicious movements of a passenger and an AI SATS staff identified as Dharamveer Dauchania near washroom of de-boarding gate No. 10. The passenger was later identified as Main lal Meena, who had arrived from Dammam by Air India flight at Terminal-3. They were kept under physical & electronic surveillance and it was observed that both of them were continuously in contact over mobile phone. The AI SATS staff was intercepted and physical search was carried out. 3 gold biscuits were recovered from him. Subsequently, the passenger was intercepted and the matter was informed to Customs/AIU officials. The passenger was taken to Customs office and on searching, 4 gold biscuits were also recovered from him. Later AI SATS staff and the passenger with seven (7) gold biscuits worth approximately Rs 29 lakhs were handed over to Customs.last_img read more

Womens basketball Mitchells struggles lead to Buckeyes Big Ten tournament exit

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — As Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell goes, so goes the Buckeyes’ women’s basketball team. And the only place Mitchell and her team are going after Saturday afternoon’s game is home.On Friday, against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, Mitchell led both teams with 27 points en route to a dominant 99-68 OSU victory. But in the following day’s game against Purdue, nothing went right for the Big Ten player of the year. Mitchell scored just nine points as she made 3 of 22 shots and just a single of her 12 3-point attempts, and OSU lost 71-60.“She didn’t have a good game,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff. “She’s a spectacular player, one of the very best in college basketball, and tonight wasn’t her night.”The Buckeyes could not overcome their star’s struggles, as Purdue pulled off the 71-60 upset win, which knocked OSU out of the tournament and sent the Boilermakers to the final.The season low for the guard who averages 23.5 points per game picked up her second-lowest scoring total as a Buckeye, coming within a point of tying her career low of eight, set in 2015.The Boilermakers keyed in on the left-handed OSU guard’s proclivity to dribble to her dominant hand side.“We wanted to make her play on the right side of the floor,” said Purdue senior guard Ashley Morrissette. “They ran a couple plays where she got looks on the left side of the floor. But I thought, as a team, we did a great job of defending her.”This isn’t the first time the Boilermakers’ defense shut down Mitchell. In January, Purdue used a 1-2-2 zone defense to smother Mitchell, holding her to 14 points and making just 3-of-17 shots. But on Saturday, Purdue implemented a 2-3 zone defense. Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said the change was made due to OSU more frequently utilizing a two-guard lineup.“They executed and they trusted it and said, ‘Hey, let everybody else shoot the outside shot and just corrall her,” said Purdue coach Sharon Versyp.Versyp and Morrissette each noted the importance Purdue placed on surrounding Mitchell with two players at all times to keep her off balance.As a team, the Buckeyes shot just 34 percent from the field and made just 3 of 23 3-point attempts. OSU even struggled at the free throw line, with the Buckeyes making 7 of 15 from the charity stripe. “Once they got a lead, we seemed to get out of doing the things that we’ve done all year and (it) allowed us to be very efficient on offense,” McGuff said. “We were rushing shots and taking quick, contested shots instead of showing a little more patience and a little more trust in the execution.”In her six previous Big Ten tournament games, Mitchell averaged 29.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting.McGuff assuredly stated after Mitchell’s disappointing performance that no one is more likely to bounce back with authority than the OSU guard.“No one’s going to work harder, no one’s going to be in the gym more than she will,” McGuff said. “She’s going to make sure that her having an off night doesn’t happen again this year. I can assure you of that.” read more

Football Conley considers himself a top cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft

Former OSU cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — If you ask Gareon Conley, he could be the 2017 NFL Draft’s top cornerback. Although the hype around OSU’s secondary has been centered around Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, Conley’s combine numbers just might show why teams should not forget how good he is.Conley came into the 2016-17 season as the top cornerback for Ohio State after Eli Apple left the Buckeyes and was selected in the first round by the New York Giants. While Conley might have been listed as the No. 1 corner, his teammate Marshon Lattimore stole the show, and is now considered to be the best cornerback in this draft.While Conley is pleased with seeing his teammates receive recognition for his ability, he could easily be considered as the top player at the position himself. He said he feels the wide range of skills he brings — from press-man coverage to playing nickel — separate him from the group.“I feel like all the corners here obviously have talent, or we wouldn’t be here,” Conley said. “So I set myself apart mentally, with my mental toughness and being able to handle adversity on the field and snapping clear. I feel like that sets me apart.”Conley’s athleticism has put him on numerous team’s radars, but hasn’t quite put him ahead of his teammates. Sometimes the secondary player’s fans forget from OSU in 2016-17, Conley still feels he is right up there with both Lattimore and Hooker.“I don’t feel forgotten about,” Conley said. “I embrace everything that I get, and I take advantage of everything that I’ve been given. And I congratulate them for everything they’re getting too.”Finishing his college career with 91 total tackles, 15 passes defended and six interceptions, Conley has the stats to show he can be productive. However, the biggest questions moving ahead are whether Conley can play tight with NFL-level receivers.Even with that question mark, Conley possesses the kind of speed that can close gaps quickly.“I plan on running a 4.4,” he said. “I’m trying to get a 4.3.”Former Buckeyes Curtis Samuel busted off a 4.31 40-yard dash in his two attempts at the combine, and while Conley might not be that fast, he could potentially get under a 4.4.The secondary class for this year’s NFL Draft is especially deep, and could cause Conley to slip slightly. After being projected as a potential first-rounder early this season, he has since slipped down draft boards, and could find himself picked in the second round.Regardless, Conley said he is going to continue to fight.“I think about it, but I use it as motivation,” he said.Conley will be hearing his name called early in the draft, but will likely see multiple cornerbacks — including Lattimore — selected before him. And as always, Conley will stand by his fellow Buckeyes, and accept what is placed before him, which might be a product of his time in Columbus.“All the experiences on and off the field at Ohio State have made me a better man.” read more

Rafael Benitez refuses to rule out Newcastle exit

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez refused to give any guarantees that he will remain in charge until the end of the season.The Magpies have endured a difficult second campaign back in the Premier League following a lack of new signings over the summer transfer window.Currently, Newcastle find themselves just two points above the relegation zone and suffered early exits in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.Adding to their woes is the failed attempts to recruit new talent in this month’s transfer window after loan deals for Atletico Madrid’s Gelson Martins and Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku fell through.This has left many wondering what will come of Benitez’s own future at St James’ Park with the Spaniard out of contract at the end of the season and having previously expressed his frustrations over the club’s transfer policy.Speaking ahead to tonight’s home game against Premier League champions Manchester City, Benitez admitted he isn’t sure there will any new signings arriving before Thursday’s deadline.“I am not in charge of the deals,” said Benitez, according to Daily Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former Liverpool boss could leave Newcastle without having to pay any compensation and hinted last week that this month’s transfer activity could have a key impact on whether or not to sign a renewal.“No, I cannot guarantee anything,” replied Benitez, when asked if he could leave before the end of the season.“I guarantee I will be focussed and try to do my best every minute.”As for leaving on Thursday, he added: “We will wait until Thursday and see what happens.“Hopefully we can get three points against Manchester City and then everybody will be happy.”Newcastle ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League last time out by grabbing a crucial 3-0 win over relegation rivals Cardiff City.Benitez will be hoping that his side can take some badly needed momentum from that victory ahead of tonight’s encounter with City that will begin at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more