Alumni Awards 2017

The Venice High School Alumni Association congratulates the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients for their service to Venice High School and the surrounding community.

 

Congratulations to this Years Recipients!

 

Kevin Behrendt - Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Kevin Behrendt ('92) is a lifelong Venetian. As a student he helped restart and served as Captain of the Golf Team. In his senior year he was honored as the Scholar Athlete of Year and earned an Achievement of Excellence jacket.

Kevin is fully immersed in all things Venice High. For the past eight years he has been President of the Gondolier Booster Club working to raise money for the athletic, academic, and extra-curricular programs at Venice. In this role he has managed the monthly flea market at the school since 2010. He has helped organize the Gondo Golf Classic fundraiser for ten years. In addition, he coaches both the Girls and Boys Golf teams - winning a City Championship with the Boys in 2012.

Along with his business partner, Jeffrey Dermer ('92), Kevin practices law at his own firm in Venice. His insight and advice is a valuable resource to the Venice Community and he is always available to discuss any issue regarding Venice High.

When not working, Kevin enjoys spending as much time as possible with his nephews and niece.

 


 

 Kirsten Farrell - Gondolier of the Year

Growing up, I experienced: seventeen household moves, eleven cities, eight schools, six states, two countries, many teachers and one set of parents. I am the proud daughter of a United States Air Force Officer turned professor and a mother who taught Science at every level. Due to my father’s career, I developed an unusual perspective on education, teachers and what makes a wonderful school. Urban, rural, large, small, international, public, private, boarding, for-profit and non-profit: I have learned from each of these environments.
 
My first “real” job in high school was teaching skiing at a small family run mountain in southern Vermont. It amazed me that I could take people with zero experience on skis and get them through their first run in a single lesson. I was hooked on watching people grow and learn. I earned my undergraduate degree in elementary education at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and loved teaching second graders in an international school in Tokyo, Japan. Eventually, I started coaching and working with teenagers outside the classroom. This led to pursuing a Master’s in Counseling and my national certification in athletic training at the University of Vermont. My next opportunity was to work in a boarding school in the Swiss Alps with students from 50 different countries.
 
I first came to Venice High School as a certified athletic trainer with the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation, an organization from Manhattan Beach that provides free athletic training and orthopedic services to twenty-two high schools. I would spend my afternoons walking from sports fields to sports courts checking on athletes and covering games. My second year, I set up house in the football equipment room, before moving to the garage area in the old gymnastics gym. Things changed in 2004, when that fall, three seniors Cami Aochi, Ashley Legeretta and Talia Gallina asked if they could assist me during football season and the Venice High School Sports Medicine Team was born. Also, former principal Jan Davis, who knew my background in education, asked if I would be interested in teaching an elective class in Sports Medicine. From three young ladies and one elective class, Venice High School now has a comprehensive sports medicine program.

During the day, I teach a variety of sports medicine electives and am the lead teacher of the Sports Medicine Academy. After school, I am responsible for the health and safety of the student-athletes on campus and am assisted by a team of 30 plus student athletic trainers. All of these students are CPR/AED/First Aid certified and work a minimum of 160 hours each year. My students played a big role in Venice High School being named the only First Division National Safe Sports School in LAUSD for 2015-2018.
 
For the last nine years, I have taken a group of my students to sports medicine competitions. There is a state level in Pasadena, but they are most excited about their adventure to Washington state, which is a western regional competition. What they learn on such a trip reaches far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Yes, they are being tested academically, but they are also learning to navigate travel, interact with strangers, be independent, speak publicly and be responsible to others. This past spring, I took a group of students to Japan over Spring Break. They were able to engage with students from a vastly different culture and discover how sports medicine exists across the Pacific Ocean.
 
I LOVE that Venice High School is a true community school. As a frequently relocated military brat, I am often amazed that I meet the grandparents of my current students who proclaim, “Proud to be a Gondo!” I am honored to be accepted by this community. Thank you to the Venice High School Alumni Association for honoring me this year. I am very humbled and most appreciative.

 


 

John and Charlotte Brasfield - Gondolier's of the Year

This year’s Venice High School Gondoliers Football Season will be the 13th straight year John and Charlotte Brasfield have served delicious foods to the Gondoliers coaches, players and cheerleaders. A legacy that John's parents, John Sr. and Naomi Brasfield began in 1968 when their son John played sports at Los Angeles High School. John and Charlotte are affectionately known as Mom and Pop Brasfield.

Their service is an extension of love to provide food and a safe environment to our young adults after football games. They provide meals for their Venice family. They both retired after working 40 plus years from the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

In addition, John and Charlotte volunteer at Stephen C. Foster Elementary School in Compton (where their grandson Garrison attends the school) that recognized them in partnership with the Compton Unified School District as a Super Hero Volunteer Couple. Founded in service and humility, John and Charlotte are active members at a local church in the Compton Community, Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church, where they love, serve and spread their charisma and dedication to all those they meet. Their philosophy is to glorify God by treating all his children with dignity, respect and honor. Their ministry has touched the heart, soul and being of many youth, young adult and single parents as they are a united fusion of love and commitment demonstrating that with God all things are possible and exemplifying marriage and commitment to one another as an honorable goal as they recently celebrated 43 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of three college graduates, Dr. Giovanna, John and Jonathan, a former Gondo athlete. As a result of their love they started a business simply coined Brasfield's Best, where the two place the love between themselves as a seed of love and nourishment in food to the children, and families of future world leaders, and catalyst of change. As the statement is so often heard, their motto is: "It takes a village to raise a child". Between the heart and riches of love, humility and oneness they are truly rowing in the spirit of the Gondoliers and passing the torch of example to all those they touch.

If you know someone that should be considered for this prestigious honor, please submit an application.
Go to our website – http://www.venicehighalumni.com, Go to Get involved – Alumni Annual Awards. Link

 

 Kevin Behrendt  ('92) - Distinguished Alumni of the Year

 

Kirsten Farrell - Gondolier of the Year

 

John and Charlotte Brasfield - Gondolier's of the Year

Past Honorees Link

   

 

 

 

 

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