Alumni Awards 2018

The Venice High School Alumni Association congratulates the 2018 Alumni Award Recipients for their service to Venice High School and the surrounding community.

 

Congratulations to this Years Recipients!

 
Craig Jaffe and Jasmine Jaffe - Distinguished Alumni's of the Year

Craig Jaffe (VHS class of 1986), and Jasmine Jaffe (VHS class of 1984), have been volunteering in the community since they were students at Venice High School.

Craig served as Treasurer of The Knights as a high school senior, played tennis/golf, and volunteered in the snack bar at every home football game. Several fun interstate trips with the VHS Ski Club inspired him to take a semester off while attending CSUN and work at Mammoth where he skied every day. Later, he spent numerous years volunteering as Cub Scout leader, basketball and baseball coach, and continues to coach at North Venice Little League today.

Jasmine was born with the natural ability for successful community building, fundraising, and party planning. She puts the FUN in fundraising.

Craig and Jasmine married in 1995 and began volunteering for the non-profit associated with their children’s pre-school, The First School Financial Aid Trust, several years later. So many children benefitted from their inspired work that Jasmine was asked to serve on the Trust’s board even after the Jaffe’s children had moved on…While 95% of their friend’s children went on to attend private elementary schools, Craig and Jasmine knew they wanted to remain heavily involved in their children’s educational experience and chose their home school, Mar Vista Elementary, as the new recipient of their time, effort, and largesse. The school and their children thrived. In addition to many other things, during their 14 years at Mar Vista so far, between them, Craig and Jasmine have taken turns serving a total of 8 years as a President of the Mar Vista School Enrichment Group. During this time, fundraising increased from $200,000 to over $500,000 annually. They continued their good work with Friends of Palms when their boys began attending the gifted magnet at Palms Middle School.
 
The Jaffe’s then began attending Friends of Venice and Booster Club meetings while their eldest was still in Middle School, and while the STEMM magnet was still in the planning stages. Craig served on the board of FOVM from 2012 to 2018, and SBM from 2016-2018. Jasmine has served on the board of Gondo Booster Club continuously since 2012 and involved with PTSA from 2012-2018. In addition to numerous other parent committees, they volunteered their time working the snack bars at all home football and baseball (over a span of 5 years, both of their boys were Varsity co-captains) games, helped organize and work every school beautification, were instrumental in starting the New Student Welcome Orientation, New Student breakfast, and helped prepare packets for students each year. Jasmine organized faculty/staff breakfasts and end of year luncheons, at which Craig barbequed. They have cared for, and worked tirelessly to promote Venice High School. The Gondo Golf Classic and Grease fundraisers have been especially memorable, and they will continue to be part of them. Although their second child has now graduated, we know the Jaffe’s will remain involved at Venice High as they consider it a second home since their youngest child has plans to attend Venice High once she moves on from Elementary and Middle School. In 2016, the Jaffe’s were presented with a PTA Golden Oak Service Award, given to recognize, as the most prestigious of the Honorary Service Awards, individuals who have made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.

When they’re not volunteering, or spending time with their children, they somehow find time to work. Craig is the 3rd generation in his family to run Jaffe Insurance Agency, and Jasmine manages several medical practices.
 
As lifetime members of the Venice High School Alumni Association, The Jaffe’s encourage their children; Matthew (VHS class of 2017), Jono (VHS class of 2018), and Sarah (VHS class of 2027), as well as ALL Gondoliers, to continue “Rowing, Not Drifting.”



 

Margo Oku - Gondolier of the Year

Margo Oku first came to Venice High when her children started in the Language Magnet 1989 and 1991. At that time she joined the PTA. She also became a parent member of the SBM, and School Improvement for many years.
 
Margo was asked how she began working Venice? She said, “I was a parent volunteer for a week in the Magnet Office when Sharon Gebhart asked if I would like to work part-time in the S.I. Office in 1992. I took the job and here I am still at VHS. In 1993 I moved to the Counseling Office for ten years and then in 2003 I moved to the Attendance Office.”

Margo helped in the Taco Booth at the home Football games with Silvia Villasenor for many years. She also helped with the fundraisers for the Media and BBFA academies for many years until the academies were discontinued. At that time she joined the Gondolier Booster Club because she represented the academies with their activities and fundraisers. She started volunteering with the Gondo Golf Tournament in its 3rd year and twenty-one years later is still helping as part of the Gondo Golf committee.

Margo received the PTA Founders Award twice and she was honored at the Jacket of Excellence lunch as Classified Employee of the Year at Venice High.
 
Margo says, “I cannot believe that now I am being honored by the Alumni with the Gondolier of the Year Award.

 


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

 

Craig Jaffe and Jasmine Jaffe - Distinguished Alumni's of the Year 

 

 Margo Oku - Gondolier of the Year

Past Honorees Link

   

 

 

 

 

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