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Junior Lifeguards culminates with graduation, awards ceremony

The seven-week Newport Beach Jr. Lifeguard (NBJG) program culminated on Thursday, Aug. 8 with graduation and an awards ceremony. During graduation, each instructor gave out two instructor awards for each of their groups. Each division had a morning and an afternoon male and female high point award winner from the competition events on Thursdays. In addition, a NBJG Foundation Legacy Award winner was chosen from each age division, as well as a JG of the Year Award winner.

Junior Lifeguards Halphide, Clark, Boyles

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Photos by Joshua Leith

(L-R) Lifeguard Chief Mike Halphide, Junior Lifeguard of the Year Peter Clark and Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

This year’s JG of the Year Award went to Peter Clark.

The NBJG Legacy Award Winners were: A division - Casey Mader Dauk, B division - Kate McAllister, C division - Grady McMorrow and D division - Maddox Graham (pictured below left to right in the front row).

Junior Lifeguards NBJG Legacy Award Winners

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NBJG Legacy Award Winners from each division, given by the NBJG Foundation every year. The youth are chosen by each division’s group leaders and instructors, recognizing a JG who exemplified the core values of being a Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard.

The program, now in its 35th year, instilled the Jr. Guard motto of respect, represent and recognition in each of the 1,345 youngsters who participated. It was a summer well spent, filled with a variety of activities including ocean proofing, physical development, marine safety, team dynamics and first aid, along with lively competition and camaraderie. 

Junior Lifeguards guys with surfboards

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Two lucky Jr. Guard winners of the Taco Bell surfboard opportunity drawing

Junior Lifeguards last group photo

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One last group photo with the Jr. Lifeguards and instructors in the front