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SCV's cutest couple

Posted: May 7, 2009 2:58 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Roland Verdecia, left, owner of Mojito, with The Signal's "Cutest Couple" William Haddad and Hannah Kirk.

The winners of the first Signal "Cutest Couple" contest are William Haddad and Hannah Kirk of Saugus.

The 17-year-old juniors from Saugus High School were picked up by a stretch limousine and whisked to a romantic dinner at Mojito Cuban Cuisine in Valencia. They enjoyed a specially prepared surf and turf dinner by Rolando Verdecia, chef and owner of Mojito Cuban Cuisine.

After dinner the couple enjoyed a limousine tour of the Santa Clarita Valley and an ice cream dessert. Haddad said the couple was surprised to win the U Pick ‘Em reader contest held Feb. 1-28 at

"It's quite a title," said Kirk. "Someone told us about the contest and suggested we submit a photo, so we did."
Verdecia said the contest attracted a large number of entries, more than 140.

"I know there was a lot of voting and a lot of excitement with this contest, it was a month long process," said Verdecia.

Haddad said the couple asked friends and family to vote online for the couple.The couple have dated for more than a year. They met when they took the same English class. Verdecia said Mojito was pleased to sponsor the contest.

"Tonight will be first class all the way - from picking up the couple at home, the limo ride, the experience they are going to receive here at Mojito, which is an experience that everyone receives," Verdecia said. "We just don't drive everybody in a limo to the restaurant, but I wish we could."

Verdecia ensconced the couple in one of the romantic curtained booths available at Mojito and asked the couple the kind of food they liked. "We're going to create a dinner just for you and your palates," he said. "We're also going to do some virgin cocktails, virgin Mojitos."

For information about Mojito, 26876 The Old Road, Valencia, visit or call (661) 254-2018.


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