Lake Forest native proud member of U.S. Navy submarine force

A Lake Forest native is stationed at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) in Washington state, homeport to West Coast ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Russell Lidie serves as a machinist’s mate.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Russell Lidie of Lake Forest serves as a machinist’s mate at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state.(Photo by Mass Communication Spec. 2nd Class Justin Whitley)

“Joining the Navy provided me the opportunity to serve my country, challenge myself and better myself in both a military and civilian career,” said Lidie, who attended El Toro High School and graduated in 2014. “My proudest achievement would be successfully completing Navy dive school for submariners.”

Known as America’s “Apex Predators,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

As Lidie and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the Navy.

“Serving in the Navy for me means sacrificing my time for a larger purpose,” Lidie said.

– Submitted by Mass Communication Spec. 1st Class Tracey Bannister, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Irvine fourth grader wins $400 for his teacher

An Orange County fourth grader aced Teacher Appreciation Week this year.

Irvine fourth grader Ryan Hackett and the staff at Simply Orthodontics surprised teacher Lindsay Koressel with a $400 gift card.(Photo courtesy of Simply Orthodontics)

Ryan Hackett, a student at Westpark Elementary School in Irvine, won a $400 gift card for his teacher to use for classroom resources. The money came from Irvine’s Simply Orthodontics, the organizer of the contest, which asked Orange County students why their teachers are amazing.

In his essay, Ryan described his teacher, Lindsay Koressel, as “loyal, encouraging, supportive, dedicated, passionate, caring and motivated.”

“She’s not here because she wants money to live. She is here because she loves kids and loves being a teacher,” wrote Ryan, who also pointed out in the essay how much teachers make.

Ryan and the Simply Orthodontics staff surprised Koressel with the gift card in class and shared a portion of his letter with the other students.

Two San Juan Hills High teams place in National Business Plan competition

San Juan Hills High School students placed third in the National Business Plan competition at the 2022 Youth Business Summit in New York.

San Juan Hills High School Business Program coordinator Jeremey Wooten, left, appears with the students behind the mock company Tronic Bikes. They are, from left, tech support Carter Ellis, CFO Joel “Alex” Bryan, CEO Ryan Mossbarger, COO Rachel Warner, VP Finance Taylor Wooten, along with coach and former student Emily Wale.(Photo courtesy of Jeremey Wooten)

It’s one of the most competitive categories at the event for future entrepreneurs.

The students’ mock digital-only electronic bike company, Tronic Bikes, beat out more than 300 competitors. The company’s finance team also placed third, and the marketing team finished in the top 20.

Another San Juan Hills High team, which created a virtual app and smart refrigerator company, Everlasting, ended up in the top 20 for their business plan.

All the students are in the San Juan Hills High Business Program, which introduces high school students to different aspects of the business world.

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