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Principal's Message

August 2017


Dear Students and Parents:


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  As principal of Aliso Niguel High School, I want to welcome you back for another full and productive year.  This year will mark my third year as principal, but more importantly, 2018 marks our school’s 25th Silver Anniversary. It is hard to believe that nearly 25 years ago, I began my teaching career during Aliso’s inaugural year and for the next eleven years, I taught English, coached several athletic teams, and served as advisor for the Growling Wolverine school newspaper. I am honored to have been among the original Wolverine faculty members, and I am exceedingly proud of the amazing place our school has become. I am also the proud parent of a 2015 ANHS graduate.  I know first-hand that Aliso Niguel is a high school like few others in Orange County -- a “community within a community,” fully supported by active parents and loyal students.  For all of us who truly know our school, being a Wolverine is really something quite special and unique.


Students:  Although your exact plans after high school may be unclear right now, rest assured that the decisions you make in high school will not only influence who you will become, but will also comprise an important part of your personal resume, which colleges and employers will later use to help them decide whether or not to make you a part of their team.  Therefore, choose carefully and take advantage of every opportunity Aliso Niguel has to offer.


Most importantly, however, remember that your high school experiences will become a central and wonderful part of your young life.  More than ever before, you will be discovering new strengths as you pursue the many opportunities available.  Challenge yourself as never before.  High school is the perfect time to try new things - time to play a sport, sing in the choir, act in a play, join yearbook or newspaper, or perhaps participate in a club or two.  Your years in high school will be over in the blink of an eye, and so I personally want to encourage each of you to fill these years beyond measure with friends, activities, fun, and most of all - learning.


Aliso Niguel High School is truly extraordinary, not only because of our fine tradition of academic, athletic, and co-curricular successes, but also because of our wonderful staff, and the fact that our students and families truly care about our school.  As you go forward this year, do not “settle” for the well-worn path; rather, consider the path less traveled and make this year a special one that begins the journey to your dreams.  The path to my dreams led back to Aliso Niguel, and it will be my honor to walk alongside each of you as you experience all that your high school years have to offer.


“Teal Since Day One”


Deni Christensen


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