Team CCN

CCN’s Christmas Dinner & Gift Exchange

Contributing Writer: Kathleen K. Regalado | Images: CCN-

CCN Manassas celebrated our Second Annual Christmas Dinner Party as a team. It’s been a about a year since our last Christmas Party and CCN is composed of new and exciting members and ideas as our media team has expanded. We recently had our last meeting of the year and now have eaten together for the last time in 2016. It was a close to a great year of growth- sponsors and members spoke of our past accomplishments, current plans and upcoming ideas. Sponsor, Ms. Connors shared with the team about an upcoming New York trip that CCN can take apart of! Founder, Theresa Coates Ellis spoke of CCN’s impact and how to get us to reach farther into the community. Two of her daughters joined us as well.

CCN dined at Bella Vita Italian Restaurant and we savored buttery, flaky bread and an assortment of pastas, calzones, noodles and salads. Before out meal, we played a round of White Elephant Dirty Santa, in which all members brought in a not-so-desirable gift to exchange and steal from one another. In the end, everyone ended up with a brand new ridiculous gift such as drinking straw eyeglasses, a toy for toddlers, office supplies, spicy candy, an old mug and a haunted lamp!

The dinner was tons of fun for everyone! CCN Manassas knows we will have a fantastic upcoming 2017!

Meet our newest CCN members-ready to get out there and explore the community!

Member: Brandi Hart |  Writer: Yvonne Cruz

Brandi Hart is a new member of CCN Manassas. She is a Senior at Osbourn High School. Brandi participates in OHS leadership club, SCA, Peer Mentoring, Key club and Manages both the OHS Field Hockey team and Wrestling team. Brandi is very involved with the community and what is going on in our community. She would like to continue to be a part of the community by joining CCN Manassas. We welcome you Brandi and we hope you enjoy being a part of the CCN Manassas team.


Member: Premal Patel | Writer: Neel Patel

Premal Patel is a very hardworking and committed individual. If he is assigned something, he will do it without hesitation. His hobbies are playing soccer and basketball. He is also planning on going to Virginia Tech and becoming a computer science engineer.


Member: Erik Johnson | Writer:  Brian Timana

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Erik Johnson, motivated to serve our country, having already served one year as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. He as well plans on pursuing his ambitions to join the Air Force for pararescue after graduating high school. An active student committed also to sports such as football and lacrosse. We welcome Erik Johnson to CCN Manassas!

Member: Iris Alonso | Writer: Kathleen Regalado


Iris Alonso is a creative and expressive individual. She serves as a Student Liason for the Manassas City School Board and is involved in Osbourn’s events as she tries to make the school the best that it could be. Iris joined CCN Manassas looking for a new way to reach the community using her creative thinking, social skills and experience in graphic design and photography, Iris brings so much to CCN Manassas as it’s been fun working with her!

Greetings to Brian


Contributing Writer: Melianty Yularnis | Images: CCN-

Welcome Brian Timana to the CCN Team!

Brian has been to many events in Manassas and grew an interest in being more involved in our community. He is going through training to be a Emergency Medical Technician volunteer hoping to make an impact on others. He enjoys the school subjects math and physics the most.

CCN continues to grow with new members such as Brian.


CCN’s Senior Celebration Dinner

Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: CCN–

It’s graduation season! Osbourn High School is no exception to graduation, so our fellow seniors and most of the CCN founders are off to venture the world and use their potential to make an impact. With the help of Theresa Coates Ellis, new opportunities and experiences have come the seniors’ way, creating an impression on their identity.

A club dinner was planned at Mariachi’s Tequileria and Restaurant where the CCN family devoured empanadas, chips and guac’, enchiladas and tortas! We conversed, we shared memories, we spoke about the future. It was great hearing what everyone had to say about the way CCN has impacted them while also bonding and growing closer. After dinner, CCN’s underclassmen presented the seniors with gifts of mason jars, chocolate, candles, bubble blowers and personalized graduation cards. Although the seniors are leaving us, they will be sure to keep in touch.

CCN’s seniors are moving on to do great things at great colleges. Sandra Nolasco-Infante and Gilberto Martinez are both off to James Madison University. Giuseppe Reategui, Mirna Martinez, Camille Rivera and Andrea Lopez are attending Northern Virginia Community College. Jose Lopez will attend George Mason University. Manassas knows they will succeed because the seniors have the drive in them to make big changes and experience life.


Yvonne-CCN’s Latest Member!


Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: CCN-

Welcome Yvonne Cruz to the CCN family! Yvonne has worked with Theresa Coates Ellis and has recently resumed employment with her. Yvonne is an active member in our Manassas community and appreciates the greatness that goes into our city’s reputation. She has a passion for field hockey and lacrosse, playing on Osbourn’s Varsity teams for both sports.

Yvonne is a hard worker and a motivated student leader that encourages others to get out there and embrace whatever comes your way.


CCN Birthdays!

Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: CCN–

Today May 4th, is CCN member, Guiseppe Reategui’s, and CCN teacher sponsor Mr. Emmanuel’s Birthdays! Guiseppe turns 18 today and is a senior ready to graduate. Mr. Emmanuel, known by most as “Manny” turns 65 today and is preparing for retirement.

Happy Birthday and May the Fourth be with you! Good luck in your future pursuits!


CCN Appreciates Our Teachers!

Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: CCN–

Teacher Appreciation Week lasts from May 2nd to May 6th and empowers students of all kinds to give thanks to the hardworking teachers in their lives for encouraging learning and growth. Today, CCN thanked teachers that have had a positive impact on CCN’s work by writing them personalized thank-you cards and snapping a picture with them.

Mrs. Weaver empowers students to think outside the box artistically and strive for their full potential. She is an active follower of CCN: she comments, likes and shares many of our blog posts. Mrs. Weaver was also nominated for the 2016 Washing Post Teacher of the Year Award, which shows just how amazing she truly is.

Mrs. Hammad is appreciated by CCN because she has helped member, Andrea Lopez. She is Andrea’s co-op teacher, which allowed Andrea to maintain the CCN website and make it successful.

Ms. Misero is also an active CCN follower and has great enthusiasm towards our site. Without positive and caring teachers, CCN would not be anywhere close to where it is today.

There are so many great teachers at Osbourn High School that should be appreciated because of the hard work and dedication they have for their students and the passion they show day in and day out. Be sure to thank a teacher today!


Introducing Peter!


Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: CCN-

Peter Valadez recently joined CCN Manassas! He is very eager to start going out in the community. Peter considers himself a humanitarian by heart, not by choice. His future plans include attending UVA to major in Biology in hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant. To him, CCN is about connecting the community and raising awareness of the positives of Manassas. Peter is currently an 11th grader. His enthusiasm captures what CCN is all about!


Students Learn Leadership Skills at DCON

Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: CCN —

Key Club is a worldwide organization that aims to better the world by making small changes in communities that have big effects. It is embedded in high schools so high school students can step up and make differences in their towns through volunteer work, donations, fundraising and leadership. We donate mostly to UNICEF, the Eliminate Project and March of Dimes.

From Friday, March 11th to Sunday March 13th, I had the pleasure of attending theCapital District Key Club Convention (DCON) in Baltimore, Maryland alongside other Key Club passionate members of Osbourn High School. These individuals include Ms. Rebecca Fulton, Ms. Heather Warkentein, Payton Arnold, Olivia Davis, Amanda Gough, Brandi Hart, Christine Morello, Jonathan Peters and Alyssa Raffanello. As secretary of Osbourn High School’s Key Club, I became closer with members that have the same passion for helping others.

The first day consisted of driving out of state where we finally found ourselves at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel, signed in, and unpacked our bags. In between meetings and speeches my peers and I explored the hotel, established friendships with other key club members and ventured into the Baltimore Harbor! Towards the end of the night the entire conference slipped on their togas and sandals to dress for 2016’s theme–Greek Mythology. Personally, the best part of the night was the empowering speech by Scott Backovich on changing the world by changing someone else’s world first.

After indulging on a Continental breakfast, all Key Clubbers browsed the hotel amidst attending workshop sessions such as public speaking, servant leadership, the “key” to college, service projects, fundraising and a variety of contests. Osbourn’s Key Club President, Christine Morello received a Distinguished President award, and I received a Distinguished Secretary award. Conference attendees ended the day with a three course banquet meal before the long-awaited for dance–my favorite part of the trip!

DCON concluded with a final farewell breakfast and the announcement of next year’s Capital District Key Club Executive Board and Committee as well as Lieutenant Governors. It was a weekend well spent emerged in positive energy ready to take action and inspire others to help out their community.


Officers for the 2016-2017 School Year

Contributing Writer: Mirna Martinez | Images: CCN –

As the 2015-2016 school year comes to an end, the new officers for Community Connections Network Manassas have been announced. We are excited to welcome the

following officers for the 2017-2018 school year:

President: Neel Patel

Vice President: Stephanie Mora



CCN’s Super Spring Break

Jose’s Trip to DC

My trip to Washington DC was filled with excitement and lots of walking. My family and I decided to go because we hadn’t been to DC in a while. Now was a good time because we had a chance to view the beautiful cherry blossoms. We traveled by Metro and this was my first time ever doing so. The ride was peaceful and a good time for me to read. This was a much better alternative than being stuck in traffic. We arrived in DC and the first thing I took a picture of was the Washington Monument. Although the streets were very crowded, we still enjoyed all of the wonderful sights. We then walked into a small forest of cherry blossoms and everywhere you turned there were people taking pictures and selfies with the famous blossoms. This trip was short but it was a good way to end my spring break.

Andrea Hikes the White Oak Canyon

Exploring and trying new things is my favorite thing to do. This spring break I explored a new hiking trail: White Oak Canyon. I like to hike because I find it relieving, and I think it’s a great way to exercise. My favorite thing about the trail was when I reached the destination, and sat down on the edge to observe the beautiful waterfall.

Stephanie visits the Magic Kingdom

I went to Disney with the fine arts students and it was a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed it. Just seeing the princesses and the rides was awesome, it was an unforgettable trip.

Gilberto accepted to James Madison University

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Over spring break I got accepted into my first choice school, James Madison University, and I visited the campus for the first time. I received my acceptance letteron Wednesday and was on campus early in the morning on Saturday. I went on a student-lead tour of the campus, but once it ended I continued exploring on my own. JMU’s campus in incredible. There are so many places that I loved visiting, from Carrier Library to Bridgeforth Stadium, but my favorites have to be the The Quad and the newly renovated UREC facility. From the moment I arrived, everyone there made me feel welcomed. I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life, and JMU is the perfect place for me. #JMU2020

Shivani visits New York City


New York, “the city that never sleeps”, is where I spent my spring break. Central Park(shown in my picture) is where I started my journey across this beautiful city. My journey then led me to Fifth Avenue where fashion was painted throughout the street. My trip took an odd turn when I ended up at the One World Trade Center. Remembering the people that died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks was not all this tower was about. It was about how the city had transformed throughout the years, how the city had become apart of the people, and how the people had made this city a great place to live. This is where my journey ended but it showed me that Manassas is the same way. Manassas is a historic site, where much transformation has occurred. The people in this city have led it to become great and this is the reason Manassas is a great place to live.

Kathleen’s Adventures

This spring break was much needed; it allowed me to release my stress and unwind. Starting off my spring break, I attended the Shamrock run and spent the entire day amongst CCN members and friends. Over the week I took nature walks and hiked in Fountainhead Park with close friends, followed by fishing. As the days dwindled on, I spent my time in a classic warm weather hangout– Manassas’ Nathan’s Ice Cream and went shopping for spring dresses and shorts. During this week I also took on an internship with Manassas’ CASA and learned about it’s importance in supporting children in our community. My week ended by celebrating Easter Sunday with my family at Uncle Julio’s restaurant in Centerville and preparing an Easter egg hunt for my beloved neice and nephew.

Camille’s New Experiences

Thanks to spring pulling through this break, I was able to enjoy myself more than I could have ever thought. I was able to go to my favorite college and attend a tour, learn how to skate (somewhat), and wasn’t shy of going out for ice cream everyday. I truly enjoyed my break, and ended up having the most fun when everything I did was not planned. The best highlight of my break consists of Andrea and I buying cheap boards at Walmart, and skating all day.

Neel’s Regional Meeting


During Spring Break I took a trip to New York. I went there for a Regional Meeting. The meeting was to plan for a huge religious event in this upcoming Summer that will include around a total of 4-6 thousands people. The meeting included around 150 people in it. The meeting lasted 3 days and was held in a huge mansion with an indoor pool and a game room. The house was located in the mountains, so there was not that good of internet. We went on a 5 mile hiking trip so that we could interact with and get to know the people we were working with. In this picture I am with a group of people that I am working with to plan out this huge event.

Making Memories with Melianty

Nature is one of my favorite things to explore. Even more, being able to spend the break with family and friends was the best. Especially on a perfect day of hiking with my buddies with a nice hike in the wild. Chilling over a creek to take a deep breathe of fresh air, snacking on breaks, laughing at everyone’s silliness and random behavior, and thinking about how great it is to enjoy small moments like this. It makes me hope I can make more memories similar to these where I can relax with everyone in the beautiful nature.

Campfire Laughter with Sandra

During spring break, it was a great opportunity to read new books, but even bookworms like myself need to try to make their own memories by trying something new. The memory that I created was going camping with a couple of close friends. While the stars were still up, we were on our way to make a pit stop at Skyline Drive to see the sun rise. When we finally arrived at Skyline Drive, I was amazed to see snow still covering the ground as we hiked on up to find the perfect spot to watch the sun emerge. When we arrived at our destination, we still had a good hour to go in order to see night disappear, so we were able to appreciate the scenery and peacefulness of nature. Once the soft colors of orange, violet, and pink announced the awaking of the sun, any worries from the bitter, cold air quickly went away.

After our hike we went to go set up our tents and prepare for the night at River Run Campground. River Run Campground had a large field perfect for playing sports and a large enough river to go swimming in. You did not have to look far to see people being enjoying themselves. People were kayaking in the river and running around playing games. Once the cookout began, we could not help having s’mores for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Which soon led to the best conversations around the campfire because everyone was participating and we never ran out things to discuss and laughter was all around.

Maybe camping is not your type of memory you want to make, so hiking is another alternative to do. You do not have to go far to enjoy the scenery. Simply grab a couple of friends and snacks and start whatever time works for you. A couple of my friends and I went to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve where it only took about forty minutes to arrive, and it does not seem that long when you have great music playing. We were able to see streams and at the end of our hike was a waterfall. Now not all hikes are the same, so there is a surprise at every corner from encountering animals to discovering plants and new views. In some hikes you can even bring your dog. Now that you have a couple ideas for spring break, what will you do next year?


We are CCN! Meet us!

Contributing Writer: Jose Lopez | Video: Theresa Coates Ellis, CCN —

Our team has come a long way since May of 2015. We have grown in size in members and with experience in our community. We have more than 28,000 views on our website and we look forward to our continuous growth in views, events, new members, and connecting with new people. Thank you for your support.



Meet Alcides Rubio

March 14, 2016


Contributing Writer: Jose Lopez | Images: CCN–

Our newest member is Alcides Rubio. He is currently an 11th grader and his interests include mathematics, helping out others, and playing sports. His plans after high school are to attend college and to find a good job. He gives back to the community by recycling. He wishes to help out the community more by joining our club. CCN will keep growing thanks to community advocates like Alcides. We are excited to have him join our team!

Melianty’s Winter Break

During the winter, there are many things you can do in the Greater Manassas Area.

A few weeks ago, Music Lessons in Your House gave a Christmas Performance at 4410 Club, Haymarket VA. The performance consisted of piano and guitar players from young ages to teens, all at different levels. As they showed off their talents and what they can do, they gave a wonderful performance for family and friends.
Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly VA held their semiannual, International Gem and Jewelry Show in late December. The event was held as an inside flea market from stores and owners all over America, selling off their gems and jewelry. As these three days went on, it was always packed with many diverse people, some would come back again the next day.
Throughout the month January, Harris Pavilion opens up to the public for ice skating. It is a great way to enjoy with loved ones or just to get out of the house, especially during the break. Bundle up and wear extra socks.
Winter is full of things to do in our area to pass the long days and nights of the season.

Share some of your ideas and events!

Kathleen’s Traditions and Mexican Tamale Recipe

January 1, 2016

Contributing Writer: Kathleen Regalado | Images: Kathleen Regalado

As the year comes to an end, the Holiday Season brings us a little closer. Families and friends are embraced in the warm hug that the month of December gives. I personally celebrate Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena due to my Hispanic heritage. We have food prepared and gifts wrapped and under the Christmas tree by Christmas Eve. Our gifts are opened at midnight on the 25th. Baby Jesus is also placed in the manger in our family Nativity at this time to represent his birth.

My immediate family and I, which is already very close, had a joyous Christmas Eve as we witnessed each other open exciting gifts and listen to Holiday music in euphoria. It’s also a tradition to watch “A Christmas Story” every Christmas Day for me and my siblings.

In addition to having a decorated house, wrapped presents and a joyful mood, food is important to us for the Holiday season. The food that accompanies my family’s Christmas is the star of the show. Many Hispanic families can agree that tamales are a classic for Christmas time; they are another present to unwrap! My mother is Mexican so my family generally eats Mexican tamales every Nochebuena. Our tamales are made of cornmeal dough with shredded pork and red chile sauce that is then wrapped in cornhusks and are steamed to be eaten for dinner time.

To make this traditional Mexican Christmas dish you will need:

  • 3 lbs Pork shoulder or butt
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 10 lbs Masa (we use MASECA brand)
  • 2 cups of pork lard
  • 1 lb dried corn husks
  • ¼ lb Guajillo chile pods
  • ¼ lb Puya chile pods
  • Sesame seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  1. Soak corn husks in water til they moisten
  2. Mix masa with enough water and pork lard so there are no lumps and there it is thick yet spreadable. Salt as desired.
  3. Cut the pork meat into small chunks for boiling. Boil in salted water for approximately 90 minutes.
  4. Roast the sesame seeds and garlic cloves in a saucepan to release more flavor.
  5. Boil chile pods for until tender. Optionally remove seeds for a more tame flavor.
  6. Blend the chile, sesame seeds, garlic, cumin, black pepper, salt with added water in a blender. You now have your red chile!
  7. It’s now time to assemble the tamales. Take a corn husk and spread on masa with a spoon till it covers most of the husk. Put pieces of shredded pork with about 2 tablespoons of chile. Be moderate with your pork and chile sauce to not overfill! Fold in the top and bottom then fold over the flaps of the husks.
  8. Finally your tamales need to be steamed. Use a large pot and place tamales around the perimeter, stacking them higher as you go. Add enough water to keep it below the steamer but also add some extra corn husks to keep the tamales from getting wet. Steam for about an hour.
  9. Enjoy your hot tamales along with your favorite salsa like I did!

It is best to keep in mind that tamales are a filling meal, which is why my family only has them for special occasions. This tamale recipe is delicious any time of year and well worth a try! Hope everyone had a great Holiday celebration and is ready for the New Year! ¡Feliz Navidad, Prospero año y felicidad!



We are CCN! Meet us!

December 15, 2015

Contributing Writer: Jose Lopez | Video: CCN —

Our team has come a long way since May of 2015. We have grown in size in members and with experience in our community. We have more than 28,000 views on our website and we look forward to our continuous growth in views, events, new members, and connecting with new people. Thank you for your support.

New Members Join CCN Manassas!

December 15, 2015

membersnew membersContributing Writer: Mirna Martinez | Images: CCN–

Community Connection Network Manassas keeps on expanding as two new members join.  Camille Rivera and Sandra Nolasco-Infante are both in 12th grade at Osbourn High School. They are enthusiasts of photography, art, and community service.

Camille is a sports editor for Osbourn High School‘s yearbook. She loves art, painting, and writing. She would like to give back to the community by helping people as much as she can and dedicating her time to Manassas.

Sandra loves reading, writing, and watching movies. She also enjoys taking a photography class at Osbourn. She plans on giving back to the community by putting in all her effort and time to activities.

We asked them to describe what CCN Manassas is:

Camille said, “CCN Manassas is composed of a group of students with diverse and creative talents. The students attend events around the community, and share their experiences in a creative manner.”

Sandra said, “CCN Manassas is an organization where students report about the ongoing activities that are occurring within our community.”

CCN Video Podcast: Holiday Gift Guide

December 15, 2015

Contributing Writer: Mirna Martinez | Video: CCN —

This is a new weekly video series!

The holidays are approaching and we have a gift guide. This week we are talking about gifts to get for family and friends.

We will talk about trends, news, and upcoming events in the community. Stay tuned to find out more!

Kathleen’s Thanksgiving recap (with a recipe!)

November 30, 2015

Contributing Writer and Images: Kathleen Regalado —

On Thursday November 26, American friends and families filled dinner tables to give appreciation for everything they have in life. Warm, decadent food helps bring people together as we all know. Fall decorations and preparation for the turkey dinner brings my family close every last Thursday of November. My family and I enjoyed a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year with plenty of dishes.

We had a turkey with homemade gravy, chorizo and vegetable stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, bread rolls, salad and green beans. We washed it all down with red and white sparkling cider and an amazing pumpkin cheesecake and candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows — one of my favorites!

My mom’s camoté, or sweet potato dish, encompasses the flavors and feelings of fall that I crave. She always knows just the right amount of time and the perfect ratio ingredients that this recipe needs. To make this staple Thanksgiving dish you will need:

  • 4 pounds of boiled sweet potatoes
  • 1 or 2 packages of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter or butter alternative
  • Milk
  • Maples Syrup
  • Pecans
  • Cinnamon
  • Marshmallows
  1. After you have boiled sweet potatoes, mash them till there are no whole pieces. Add cream cheese, butter and milk till you get a creamier consistency.
  2. Mix in maple syrup, cinnamon and pecans to taste. These ingredients add great Fall flavor!
  3. Afterwards, spray a baking pan with PAM cooking spray and fill in with the sweet potatoes.
  4. Place marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes, covering the surfaces. Add pecans and cinnamon to the top as well for flavor and decor.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and wait for 20 minutes before placing your dish in for the next 30 minutes. Make sure you have it covered in foil to trap in heat!
  6. Take out your dish with mitts and serve to loved ones

I can never get enough of this mildly sweet Thanksgiving dessert!

Hopefully you will share some of the dishes my family and I enjoyed this year. Enjoy the Holiday Season! I’ll be sure to be back for Christmas with more Holiday recipes.

We’re Expanding

October 2, 2015

Emily and Stephanie joined CCN last month and were snapping photos and writing stories while interacting with community leaders in the Color Vibe, the Rotary Food Truck event and the football games.

On Thursday, we welcomed our newest three members — Jesus, Kathleen and Neel!!! They share an interest in photography and have experience in graphics.  Can’t wait to share their talents with the Manassas City area community!

If you are a Manassas City Public School student and are interested in photography, video, writing, speaking, business or leadership, email with your contact information.  We will provide you with the upcoming events and meetings to be a part of an exciting business + education + community experience!

CCN leadership announced

October 2, 2015

We are excited to announce our club officers, look below to see who was elected and appointed!

President: Andrea Lopez

Senior Vice President: Jose Lopez

Junior Vice President: Shivani Patel

Co – Treasurers: Giuseppe Reategui and Gilberto Martinez

Secretary: Mirna Martinez

Community Director: Melianty Yularnis

CCN welcomes Stephanie, a freshman creative photographer

September 18, 2015

Stephanie is ready for the Color Vibe 9/19/15. She will be a 5K runner and snap some shots to capture the spirit of the day!

Emily, sophomore, inspiring writer and new CCN member!

September 18, 2015

Emily’s first assignment — 9/18 Osbourn High School home football game at 7:00 p.m. against Gar-field!

CCN plans to explore Willowsford

August 7, 2015

Contributing Writer: Andrea Lopez | Image Credit: WillowsFord —

Willowsford, Virginia is a community of 4,000 acres that dedicates itself to the well-being of its residents. They have 2,000 acres for environmental preservation, recreation, and agricultural use with 300 arces as a working farm to serve the community. CCN will be going to the Willowsford farm on August 13 to learn about the lifestyle of the community.

Willowsford was established in 2011 and has worked with several builders who have worked in Manassas to build homes for their community.  We are excited to see how these builders have impacted the community and we are also excited to see how the farm works.

Meet the CCN Manassas founding members — and a new recruit!

June 18, 2015

Contributing writer: Jose Lopez | Images: CCN Manassas —

We added more communication tools and team members to our network! Instagram was set up — Thanks Shivani! So follow CCN Manassas — we will be adding some creative images during the summer.

Join the Media Team to practice or improve your photography, filming, creative writing, designing, social media, marketing and more.

Our first project wrap-up (graduation) celebration dinner was a success with Dr. Catherince Magouyrk, Superintendant, Manassas City Public Schools, as a special guest.  Our next project is an assignment with the Virginia Film Office.

Meet our founding team members:

Students: Shivani, Andrea, Erich, Mel, Mirna and Jose

Community Leaders: Theresa Coates Ellis and Mike Emanuel

We welcome Giuseppe to our CCN team and are anxious to work with him, we know he will be an important asset to our team. More members are welcome and we would love your help!

— Jose Lopez, CCN Manassas


Dr. Catherine Magouyrk’s inspiring visit to the CCN celebration

June 17, 2015

Contributing writer: Andrea Lopez | Edited by: Mirna Martinez | Images: CCN Manassas —

On June 15, CCN members had the pleasure to meet with Dr. Catherine Magouyrk, Manassas Public School (MCPS) Superintendent of Schools, Lisa Lewis from MCPS,  Jeff Abt, Executive Director of Support Services, and Noel Wolber, Infinite Printing, at the City Tavern Grille. We discussed the importance of leadership within the community.

First, they congratulated us for our work at Osbourn’s graduation ceremony at the Jiffy Lube Live Stadium on June 8. They told us they were very pleased with the outcome, and our professionalism.

Second, they emphasized the importance of people rising above in the community. They told us that CCN is a wonderful program because it allows students to contribute to the community by sharing important news. They are glad to see that students from Osbourn High School will be able to exercise important leadership skills by participating with CCN.

They also complimented Theresa Coates Ellis and Mike Emanuel for all their hard work in making CCN possible. Laura Coates and Jill Ellis, Osbourn graduates; and Natalie Ellis, U.S. Air Force, were also guests who chatted with CCN members about college and careers in communication.

We are excited for future projects, but so is the community of Manassas. We are honored that they were able to attend our dinner. We are looking forward to projects and collaborating with them in the future.

Contact Theresa Coates Ellis by email to learn about joining our network — we continue to build our team!

Osbourn’s one-stop shop

June 7, 2015

Mike Emanuel can whip up a business card, design a poster and press t-shirts for an event in a day.  And so can the CCN Media Team. This week these students were whizzes in Emanuel’s impressive instruction area — buzzing around snapping images, printing, cutting and doing amazing things in Photoshop — like designing a logo for CCN Manassas | Community Connection Network.

Next up: a studio.  A studio for photography, videography, broadcast and podcasts.  A converted darkroom in a section of the room will be perfect — and the interviews will be newsworthy.

Exciting times are coming in Manassas City Public Schools and for the community.

Public Relations team forming to promote social capital

June 5, 2015

By CCN Manassas — Manassas City Public School (MCPS) Osbourn students are teaming up with education and business leaders to integrate creative tools, technical equipment and marketing skills to form a Public Relations (PR) network.  Talented photographers, videographers, artists, writers, designers and speakers are excited to be the faces and voices of the community.

Theresa Coates Ellis, Tackle Management, a Manassas City business owner, is developing the PR network program and recruiting additional students and leaders for the fall term.  Mike Emanuel, MCPS Graphics instructor, will be volunteering his time and classroom to the network. Additional staff and instructors are jumping in to the project as the school year winds down.

First assignment: Osbourn High School graduation ceremony at Jiffy Lube Live on Monday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.  The CCN Media Teams have signed up to film and write about the event, plus capture the highlights with photography.  Technical students have been testing equipment while a studio is being prepared.

Future projects will include broadcast, podcasts and multimedia to promote positive messages and images for the community.

CCN Manassas | Community Connection Network emerged as a PR project proposal presented in April to a solid, executed plan this week. Students are owning the network.  They have been busy branding their image, designing a logo, writing slogans and planning an editorial calendar for future events and publishing.

If you plan to go to Osbourn’s graduation, look for the bright orange shirts — this CCN Media Team will be on the move to curate content and network with the community on this big night!

Contact to join the CCN!