Bakersfield Life

Taking the next step

Back row, from left: Christina Pipkin, Luz Alexandra Valle, Naythan Bryant, Douglas Johnston, Jacob Lee and Jeremiah De Leon. Front row, from left: Danielle Echeverria, Stephanie Chao, Prabhmeet Randhawa, Stephanie Ovalle and Desi Garcia.

With their stellar high school careers behind them, these outstanding graduating seniors are ready to move onto college and take on all of the academic, social and personal challenges that come with it.

Naythan Bryant

Stephanie Chao

Jeremiah De Leon

Danielle Echeverria

Isaiah Garcia

Desi Garcia

Jacob Lee

Stephanie Ovalle

Gabriel Greene

David Pacheco

Celia Hickman

Christina Pipkin

Andrew Ramirez

Prabhmeet Randhawa

Erika Sierra

Luz Alexandra Valle

Douglas Johnston

Bouncing back from college lessons

Graduating Highland High School at the top of his class last year, Douglas Johnston had reason to believe that college wasn’t going to be much different. But now that his first year at Purdue University is officially in the books, Johnston has a different idea about college. “It’s worth seeking

Hannah Lewis

A college surprise

As the end of her first year at UCLA comes to a close, Hannah Lewis is still baffled at how different the experience turned out to be. “I didn’t know how to be an adult until I got to college,” Lewis said on a recent Sunday morning at The Marketplace. These weekend trips back home happen every

Current Issue

Read the latest issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine online, or browse past issues here.

more

More Bakersfield Life

  • Best Of 2016

    2016 Best Of Bakersfield

    Eat & Drink Best Bakery Winner            Smith’s Bakeries Favorite            Sweet Surrender Favorite            Sugar Twist

  • Joe Rueda with his bike.

    Hometown Hero: Joe Rueda

    A no-quit attitude and commitment to leadership are just two of the classic characteristics most Marines share. Joe Rueda, owner of Wheels Automotive in Bakersfield, is no exception. He weaves together these and other traits learned – and honed – in the USMC in a way that draws people to him,

  • Stephen Goldwater, president of Emporium Western Store

    In My Closet: Stephen Goldwater

    Stephen Goldwater, president of Emporium Western Store Age: 69 Background: As a kid, Stephen Goldwater roamed the floors of Emporium Western Store. His grandparents started the store in the heart of Bakersfield 107 years ago and it was only a matter of time before Goldwater took the reins. “It’s

  • Habitat for Humanity is one of several charities you can donate to during Give Big Kern.

    First Give Big Kern Day slated May 3

    On May 3, the first Give Big Kern Day will take place, celebrating a day of giving to local nonprofits in Kern County. Give Big Kern Day is being hosted by the Kern Community Foundation to increase the visibility of nonprofits and help raise charity support. “Give Big Kern Day is an umbrella

  • The aroma of freshly baked bread fills the storefront at Pyrenees French Bakery located at 717 E. 21st St. in Bakersfield. Cheri Laxague, pictured, is one of the owners of the French bakery along with her husband, Rick, and Marianne Laxague.

    Inside Story: Pyrenees French Bakery

    From the inconspicuous exterior, you’d never guess that Pyrenees French Bakery stands a landmark of entrepreneurship and expertise. Purchased in 1945 by the Laxague family, its tradition of quality, distinguished bread making is still carried on today. Now the matriarch, Marianne takes

  • 466757840

    The Last Word: Graduation, gratitude and choices

    Having one daughter graduating high school and another graduating college, I was asked if I would like to reflect on this turn of events. Anyone who has a child in the last two months of high school, especially with those involved with sports, will know there is no time to reflect. At least not yet.

  • Chris Thornburgh

    Money Matters: The best states for retirees

    Where is your dream retirement? The best place to retire might be on a beach, in the mountains or close to family. Ideally, wouldn’t you like to settle in your favorite spot, maintain your desired lifestyle and stretch your retirement savings? Some states make these goals easier than others.

  • Tina Louise with one of her many "Star Wars" toys.

    My Pet: Mark and Tina Louise

    Tina Louise, named after the daughters from the TV show “Bob’s Burgers,” is the pug you wish you always had. Companion/owner Mark Nessia appreciates his pug for her fun-loving attitude and high-intensity personality. Nessia’s love for pugs started in junior high when he fell in love with his

  • Dewar's was located on Chester Avenue until it relocated to Eye Street in 1930. James H. Dewar is standing on the left.

    Named After: Dewar's

    Before Dewar’s became a household name here and Bakersfield’s international ambassador of sweetness known and loved the world over, it was a small candy store on Chester Avenue. Brothers James and George Dewar opened The Chocolate Shop in 1909 next door to the new County Hall of Records building.