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Mission Viejo’s Halstrom Academy – Class of 2015
Travis Williams, age 16, is in his second year at Halstrom Academy and is enjoying a full and balanced life, excelling both in school and his competitive skim boarding, as well as spending time with his passions for videography and photography.
Travis spends many of his waking hours at the beach or near the ocean, either training as a competitive skimboarder, doing photography or making videos. Recently he shot video footage and has been helping create a television commercial for a local Huntington Beach business. His photography and videography is already well regarded – he has more than 1,300 followers to his YouTube Channel, Dilt Productions. As a competitive skimboarder, he has won several awards, including coming in fourth in his age group at the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding in 2012.
At Halstrom, he does well in all of his classes, but he says he really likes his science and math classes because his teachers help show him how interesting these subjects can be. Travis also really enjoys the photography classes he’s been taking since coming to Halstrom. It is a good complement to his other classes and he has been able to learn some new techniques.
“I like school at Halstrom. The classes are challenging, but not too hard. What I really like is the one-to-one instruction because I get a lot more out of my classroom time. I’m able to go to school two days a week and still take five classes. This leaves me plenty of time to do homework and have time for my skimboarding and photography in the mornings and afternoons.”
With so many interests and aspirations, Travis looks forward to continuing his education at a four-year university after high school.
Santa Margarita Catholic High School – Class of 2015
From the pool, to the stage, to the classroom, Santa Margarita junior Ryan Melosini is more than just a triple threat. An outstanding athlete, Ryan has been the starting goalie for the Varsity Water Polo team since the beginning of his freshman year. Ryan takes all honors classes and ended his sophomore year with a 4.76 GPA. He recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout and stepped out on the stage for his musical theatre debut at the end of his sophomore year with a standout performance as the lead role of the Beast in SMCHS’ production of Beauty and the Beast.
“His performance was outstanding,” says Amy Luskey-Barth, MPC, Director of Theatre Arts at SMCHS. He is conscientious, talented, and hard working. He is a true credit to the school – an example of the best of Santa Margarita!”
Q&A with Ryan
Marmalade: In your opinion, what is the key to success?
Ryan Melosini: Success is guaranteed by effort, determination and cooperation.
M: What’s the #1 lesson you’ve learned in high school?
RM: The biggest lesson I have learned is that humility is the most important thing that I can have. Even if I go on to accomplish great things and achieve success, I am nothing without humility: I know now that only true men have humility.
They always tell me how proud they are. The good thing about them is that they often encourage me to push my limits. My dad always tells me that “the only person stopping you from reaching your dreams is yourself.” They truly believe I can do anything.
RM: I have had the honor of having many great mentors, but the person I look up to most is my grandfather, Giorgio
Melosini who passed away two years ago. I have always looked up to him because he was an example of how to live life to the fullest and he was a man of great character, integrity and passion. He taught me many things.