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February 3, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
The entrance exam for the 1995-96 school year at Santa Margarita Catholic High School will be given Saturday. The exam, which will take place from 7:45 a.m. to noon, will be given at the school, 22062 Antonio Parkway. Registration is required. For more information, call the school's admissions office at (714) 858-3350, Ext. 125.
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November 24, 2009 | By Dana Parsons
She watched "The Silence of the Lambs" as a girl and so related to Jodie Foster's character that she wanted to become an FBI agent and go after psychopaths. Instead, Ally Jacobs became a police officer at UC Berkeley, handling mostly garden-variety cases until one day in August when she helped crack the case that ended the 18-year kidnapping nightmare of Jaycee Lee Dugard. On Monday, the 1994 Santa Margarita Catholic High School graduate returned for alumni career day and told students that her brush with fame stemmed from trusting that voice in her head that told her that something wasn't right about the man later arrested and charged with Dugard's kidnap and rape.
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May 17, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teacher at Santa Margarita Catholic High School has been arrested on 10 counts of child molestation after a parent tipped off authorities, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Thursday. Michael Karl Sandoval, a ceramics teacher, was arrested Wednesday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he had admitted himself to the psychiatric ward, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
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March 14, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
As parents at a South County Roman Catholic school have grown increasingly riled by the mysterious dismissals of two popular teachers, a church official said Tuesday that the allegations against the two men did not involve sexual conduct with a minor. Maria Rullo Schinderle, general counsel for the Diocese of Orange, declined to comment further about the dismissals of Eric Hansen and Gregory Rhodes, teachers at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
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March 13, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A popular South County Roman Catholic high school teacher has been fired after concerns were raised about student trips to Europe that he led. Students and parents at Santa Margarita Catholic High School learned Monday by e-mail that Eric Hansen had been fired three days earlier by the Diocese of Orange. Diocesan spokesman Ryan Lilyengren, who provided The Times a copy of the e-mail, said he could not discuss details of Hansen's departure.
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October 26, 2000 | Sean Kirwan (714) 966-5642
Santa Margarita Catholic High School will host an information night for incoming freshman students and their parents for the 2001-02 school year at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the school gymnasium. Santa Margarita Catholic High School is at 22062 Antonio Parkway. Information: (949) 766-6000.
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March 12, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
Ryan McDonell, a resident of the city and a student at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, was selected from 7,600 students in the country as a finalist in the National Merit Scholar Program, officials said. Scholarship winners will be judged on academic and extracurricular achievements along with personal attributes, official said. The winners will be chosen in April and May.
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March 24, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office filed a felony weapons possession charge Friday against the son of the principal at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, a private school in Rancho Santa Margarita. Robert Hemenway, 18, a former student at the school, had a gun in his car while parked in the school's parking lot in January, said Tori Richards, a district attorney spokeswoman.
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March 4, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER and JOHN POPE and JENNIFER LEUER and BILL BILLITER
Ryan Mannix, of Santa Margarita Catholic High School, has been chosen to attend this year's National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., one of 350 students nationwide chosen for the honor. During the weeklong conference, students will meet with officials from the three branches of the federal government, as well as with diplomats and the national press corps. Mannix will also participate in a mock session of Congress to build debate skills, as well as other activities.
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September 8, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A learning specialist at a Roman Catholic high school in Rancho Santa Margarita was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting one of his students. Evan Molina, 23, was taken into custody about 3 p.m. at his home in Laguna Niguel after a student at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, where he had been teaching for 11 months, reported the alleged assault to her parents, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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March 13, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A popular South County Roman Catholic high school teacher has been fired after concerns were raised about student trips to Europe that he led. Students and parents at Santa Margarita Catholic High School learned Monday by e-mail that Eric Hansen had been fired three days earlier by the Diocese of Orange. Diocesan spokesman Ryan Lilyengren, who provided The Times a copy of the e-mail, said he could not discuss details of Hansen's departure.
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September 8, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A learning specialist at a Roman Catholic high school in Rancho Santa Margarita was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting one of his students. Evan Molina, 23, was taken into custody about 3 p.m. at his home in Laguna Niguel after a student at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, where he had been teaching for 11 months, reported the alleged assault to her parents, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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July 5, 2004 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
When beloved priests are revealed to be child molesters, Roman Catholic parishes, schools and dioceses face an uncomfortable choice: to remove existing tributes to the clerics and erase glowing references in local histories -- or explain to victims and critics why they continue to honor men who also were pedophiles.
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March 31, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
A mountain lion's 3 a.m. sojourn near a high school in Rancho Santa Margarita was caught on a security video last week, but city and wildlife officials said there is no cause for concern. "We expect mountain lions in the area, and mountain lions will be in the area," said Steve Edinger, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. "There's not necessarily a lot of concern." A camera installed by the Dove Canyon Homeowners Assn.
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September 27, 2003 | Rob Fernas, Times Staff Writer
Who better to lead the renaissance of a high school football program than a quarterback named Michael Angelo? "I haven't painted too many pictures," joked the unassuming Santa Margarita senior. "I'm not a good artist." But Angelo and his teammates were forced to work with a blank canvas after a series of changes rocked Santa Margarita last spring, threatening the stability of one of Southern California's most successful programs.
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May 17, 2002 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teacher at Santa Margarita Catholic High School has been arrested on 10 counts of child molestation after a parent tipped off authorities, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Thursday. Michael Karl Sandoval, a ceramics teacher, was arrested Wednesday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he had admitted himself to the psychiatric ward, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
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December 7, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
Twenty-five students at Santa Margarita Catholic High School have been named AP Scholars in recognition of their scores on the college-level Advanced Placement examinations. Only about 12% of the 459,000 students nationwide who took the exams in May scored high enough to be honored by the College Board as AP Scholars. Yvette Anaya qualified for an AP Scholar With Distinction award by earning grades of three or above on five or more AP examinations.
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September 29, 1997
College: Representatives of 120 colleges and universities will take part in the ninth South County college fair at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. All high school juniors and seniors may attend the event, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the campus' Moiso Family Pavilion, 22062 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita. Information: (714) 858-3350, Ext. 180. Disabilities: "Pathways to Empowerment," the Learning Disabilities Assn. of California's statewide conference, will be Oct.
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March 5, 2002 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Merritt Hemenway, principal of Santa Margarita Catholic High School, surprised faculty and parents by announcing his resignation after eight years on the job. Praised by staff members as a visionary, Hemenway was a strong proponent of computers in the classrooms. Hemenway, 55, notified parents in a letter in mid-February of his plans to depart at the end of the school year. "The suddenness of it surprises me," assistant athletic director Doug Williams said. "I didn't see it coming.
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December 6, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Wednesday sent out an unprecedented personal letter of apology in a molestation case involving a priest, marking the end of a high-profile lawsuit that included a record $5.2-million settlement. The contents of the letter closely match a short apology read by church lawyers in court Tuesday, church officials said, though the archdiocese declined to release the letter. "Let me be clear: the archdiocese abhors sexual misconduct," John P.
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