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Thursday, April 18, 2019

News & Updates

News & Updates


Sgt. Cameron “Cam” Kelsch, a Ventura High School graduate (’08) and Hunter Army Airfield Air Force Special Tactics operator, will be presented a Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia, April 9.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cameron “Cam” Kelsch, an ST tactical air control party operator assigned to the 17th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, will be awarded the nation’s third highest medal for gallantry against an armed enemy of the U.S. in combat. In addition to the SSM presentation, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Vincent Becklund, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, will also award Kelsch with a Bronze Star Medal with Valor.

Kelsch will be honored for his role in securing the safety of his joint and partner force members during an operation against a high-value target while serving as a joint terminal attack controller deployed with a U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment battalion during Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL in support of the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan.

While receiving accurate fires from the enemy and with no regard for his own personal safety, Kelsch exposed himself to danger in order to control airstrikes from an AC-130 gunship within 35 meters of his team’s position. He also coordinated an attack with precision-guided 500lb bombs from two F-16’s and 105mm munitions from an AC-130.

Additionally, Kelsch willingly exposed himself to effective enemy fire to save the life of a wounded American teammate by dragging him to safety. While recovering his teammate, Kelsch was hit by hostile fire. Kelsch continued to control danger close strikes to neutralize all remaining threats to the assault force.

Sgt. Kelsch’s mother, Betty Kelsch is currently a Health Technician at Ventura High School. “Cameron first told us he wanted to join the military when he was going to De Anza Middle School.  We thought he might change his mind, but he never did.  Both of his grandfathers were military men, so he grew up in a military family. He told his Career Counselor at Ventura High School, Anne Campbell, that he wanted to join the Air Force and she arranged for a recruiter to come in and visit him. He enlisted shortly after.  He continues to love what he does and feels it is what he is meant to do,” she stated.  “The entire family is so very proud of Cameron. The whole family will all be going out to be with him when he receives these honors next week.” Sgt. Kelsch is a graduate of Sunset K-8 School, DeAnza (DATA) Middle School, and Ventura High School. 

2nd Annual All-District Art Show to Highlight Student Talent 2nd Annual All-District Art Show to Highlight Student Talent - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has announced the 2nd

Annual VUSD Art Show, highlighting its incredibly talented K-12 student artists, will open on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  A VUSD Artists Opening and Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) Reception will take place from 6-8 pm at the Museum of Ventura County.  This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.00, with all proceeds supporting VUSD’s Art programs.  

“We are very proud of the long history Ventura Unified, and our community has of supporting the arts in our schools.  Arts education is critical in helping all of our students be well-rounded citizens in the modern economy – one where creativity and technology interact in continually evolving ways,” stated Sabrena Rodriguez, VUSD Board President, and longtime Ventura Arts Collaborative member.  

The juried show will run at the Museum from April 19-May 5, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. During the course of the exhibit, the museum is offering a discounted family membership to all VUSD families. May 5, 2019, will be the show’s closing day featuring “People’s Choice Awards” and entertainment.  This event will be free to the public from 11 am-5 pm. 

VUSD offers an incredible array of Arts education, beginning in elementary school with curriculum aligned art instruction for all students.  This continues in its middle and high schools where students explore a variety of artistic mediums, diverse artistic styles, art history, contemporary and classical artists, as well as ceramics and digital photography.  The caliber of these student artists is a testament to the investment our community has made into preserving and expanding Arts education. 

The show is made possible through the efforts of the Ventura Arts Collaborative, a cooperative program of Ventura Unified School District, the City of Ventura, Ventura Education Partnership and the Museum of Ventura County. “The Museum of Ventura County is proud to collaborate with and support VUSD and VEP in their ongoing efforts to elevate the arts in the lives of Ventura youth. These young artists deserve to have their work displayed for all to enjoy,” stated Denise Sindelar, Museum Programs Director. 

For more information on the 2nd Annual VUSD Student Art Show, contact Nancy Kellogg, VUSD Elementary Art Teacher at

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