Student & Alumni News

Student & Alumni News

Alumnae Spotlight

Nazanin Mani, a 2002 graduate of Carden Conejo School,was named associate to the Ferguson Case Orr Paterson law firm. Ms. Mani's practice focuses primarily on family law matters. She is admitted to practice in California as well as U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Mani graduated cum laude from CSU Northridge in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She received her juris doctore from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2015.

Ajay Culhane Named “The Star’s Boys Scholar-Athlete Team” in 2018

Ajay Culhane excelled at Carden Conejo and graduated from 5th grade in 2011.  He went on to excel as a scholar and an athlete at Oaks Christian School, leading to his selection to the Ventura County Star’s Boys Scholar-Athlete Team.  According to the Star, Ajay was “among the elite kickers in the CIF-Southern Section, the two-sport performer played football and soccer.  On the football field, he was a first-team All-Marmonte League and All County Coaches’ selection as a junior and senior known for coolly booting pressure kicks.  He was also named to All-CIF-SS Division 2 team as a junior.”

Ajay will be attending Yale University in the fall.  During his years at Oaks Christian, Ajay took nine Honors and six AP courses and earned a 4.24 GPA.  He formed a foundation “Kick for a Cause” where he raised money for children in Ukraine.

Ryan Sada-Ghiani with a prominent role in "American Sniper"

Congratulations to Carden alum, Ryan Sada-Ghiani, for his role in the Academy Award nominated film, American Sniper.  Ryan plays the role of the son of a bad guy, and is in an important scene with Bradley Cooper and the rest of his Seal team.  Also look out for Ryan in an upcoming episode of State of Affairs.

The Sada-Ghiani children have been part of the extended Carden family for years, as both Ryan and sister, Rylee, have attended the school since Pre-School.  Mrs. Sada-Ghiani has coordinated several service projects for the Carden Conejo Parents’ Association and the family has been longtime supporters of the school.  We wish Ryan continued success in his acting and directing endeavors.  Bravo Ryan! 

Ryan Sada-Ghiani


Carden Conejo Students at the Conejo Valley Free Meal Program

Jack, Matthew and Dylan served food to 79 people.  They each served vegetables, garlic bread and salad, respectively. Most importantly, these boys enthusiastically interacted with men, women and children as they played Jenga, served food and cleaned up afterwards. It also provided an excellent opportunity to engage in age appropriate discussions about poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. 

Carden Students serving at the Conejo Valley Free Meals


Carden Conejo Students at Calabasas City Hall

The Chair of the Calabasas Environmental Commission invited Jack Elginer and his friends from Carden Conejo School to lead the pledge of allegiance at the November 4, 2014 meeting.

At 7:00 pm Jack Elginer, Ashton and Leighton Zamani, Matthew and Rebekah Kim, and Avery and Drew Kostich recited the pledge of allegiance in English and in French to attending Calabasas residents, showcasing the high values and poise they learn at school to attending local families.


Carden Conejo Students Help Celebrate City of Thousand Oaks 50th Anniversary

On October 7, 2014, the City of Thousand Oaks celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its incorporation with a reception and ceremony at the Civic Arts Plaza.

To ensure the city's history is preserved, four Carden Conejo School students were selected to participate in the event as the new Guardians of the Time Capsule.

The students wrote essays with their predictions on how the future of the city will be in 2039 and deposited them in the capsule to a fully attended Kavli Theater of past and present city council members and residents.

The Mayor of the City of Thousand Oaks honored the following four Carden Conejo School students:

Luke Hemple (4th) 
Maximillian Heubusch (5th)
Ella Shulze (4th)
Roxana Nourishad (5th) 

TO Anniversary Celebration

Alumnae Spotlight

Alice Daily, Carden Conejo School and Michigan State University graduate working as a technical writer and business analyst with a software development company in East Lansing, Michigan, USA has decided to follow her life passion to volunteer as a teacher in an Elementary school in the outskirts of Lima, Peru for 5 weeks and subsequently in a school in Spain for 3 months. By participating in these cultural exchanges Alice hopes to teach proper English to young students and gain global cultural awareness and fluency in the Spanish language.

Alice describes her recent adventure in Peru teaching young primary students in Villa El Salvador as "life changing". Villa El Salvador is situated in the outskirts of Lima, and is one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the region. Working at this school Alice was impressed with the care attending the school and the teaching passion of the local teachers.   In Villa El Salvador Alice experienced joy when working with the happiest children she has ever met. She was impressed by their excitement, politeness, and interest in learning. They were endlessly excited to learn a new language.

Although Alice recognizes that 5 weeks is not enough time to teach a language, she has high hopes that her work has instilled in these children a desire to search for more in their lives.  If these students value their secondary school and college education, they will change their lives and move out of the poverty level of life live.

Alice's greatest memories of her years attending Carden Conejo School are from Mrs. Brand's 6th grade class when she was introduced to ancient civilization history, which has sparked in her an interest to volunteer and explore other countries and their culture. Soon, in October, Alice will travel to complete a 3 months placement in Madrid, Spain and plans to return with all her renewed experiences to continue with her professional career in San Francisco, California

Alumnae Spotlight

Trent Warren, a  Carden Conejo School, and Westlake High school Class of 2014 graduate with a 4.75 GPA, credits his academic success to his educational base of learning at Carden Conejo School located in Westlake Village.

Trent attended Carden Conejo for grades Kindergarten through Seventh.  "Carden provided me with a strong understanding of the basic concepts in reading, writing, vocabulary, math and science, which in turn allowed me to build upon the basics and succeed academically."  Trent was accepted to every college he applied, including; Johns Hopkins, Case Western and USC.  Case Western offered Trent admission to the Pre-Professional Medical program guaranteeing admission to Case Western Medical School.  Trent ultimately decided on USC as his school of choice, majoring in Human Biology and aspires to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Trent additionally credits Carden School with his passion for Field Hockey.  Trent was introduced to Field Hockey by a USA Men's National Team Member while visiting and presenting the sport at Carden.  Trent subsequently joined the local club team the "Bulldogs" and later trained with and became a member of the Ventura County Red Devils High Performance Field Hockey Team.  Based upon Trent's performance in the annual California Cup International Field Hockey Tournament held at Moorpark College over Memorial weekend, Trent was selected by the USA Men's National Field Hockey Head Coach, Chris Clements, to be a member of the USA U21 Junior National Field Hockey Team in 2014.

This summer Trent will be training at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California with the goal to represent the U.S as a member of the Men's National US Field Hockey squad in the forthcoming Olympics.