Girl Scout Completes Gold Award Project

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La Cañada High School student Hailey Belcher, member of Girl Scout Troop 7361, completed her Gold Award project at Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena. Her love of books has made a difference at the school. Students are sometimes frustrated when they check out a book and start reading it, only to find that it is too hard or too easy for them. Belcher worked with the school librarian to develop a system for assigning reading levels for the chapter books. Belcher labeled all the books appropriately and the new system will continue to be used as more books are purchased. Belcher also purchased some additional books and even made a reading nook area for the library.

Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa

 During his last visit to Uganda, Ray Wipfli visited Bulamu Secondary School in Mpigi, where the school’s Ray United FC club was awarded a 1-million Ugandan shilling ($285) grant to promote nutrition by planting fruit trees and encouraging fruit consumption on campus. The Uganda students pictured are the leaders of the club receiving the donation.
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During his last visit to Uganda, Ray Wipfli visited Bulamu Secondary School in Mpigi, where the school’s Ray United FC club was awarded a 1-million Ugandan shilling ($285) grant to promote nutrition by planting fruit trees and encouraging fruit consumption on campus. The Uganda students pictured are the leaders of the club receiving the donation.

Without even the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand, that box filled with clothes you’ve been meaning to donate could be turned into health, citizenship and soccer education for children in Africa. Continue reading “Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa”

LCF Sister Cities Group Seeks Hosts, Travelers

The La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association is looking for high school students interested in an opportunity to travel internationally and represent their city this summer.

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Representatives who attended last year’s Youth Leadership Summit included (from left) Flintridge Prep’s Courtney Johnson, La Cañada High School’s Luke Stefan, LCHS’ Kelly Steele, St. Francis’ Lenny Pieroni, LCHS’ Naomi Stephen and St. Francis’ Amr Eissa.

The association is accepting applications for student ambassadors to travel to Spain, as well as families to host eight Spanish students who will be staying in LCF.
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Flintridge Prep Wins League Championship

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team recently clinched its fourth straight Prep League championship. The Rebels won the crown with a 12-0 record and finished the season with an overall record of 24-3. Co-coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Chan guided Prep to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinals, where the Rebels fell to La Salle, 68-61. The league-winning squad includes (front row, from left) Andie Kim, Noelle Tamura, Natalie Dale and Natalia Matossian. Back: Alex Kyriakakis, Kaitlyn Chen, Taylor Yoshida, Natalie Benn, Renae Tamura, Alison Fujimoto, Madison Manning and Haley Allen.

PCY Cub Scouts to Hold Book Drive

Cub Scouts Pack 519, Den 12, has teamed up with Access Books, a nonprofit organization helping to rebuild inner city schools libraries. The Scouts are pitching in by running a La Cañada Flintridge community-wide book drive. They will be collecting any new or gently used, high-interest books appropriate for grades K-5. The Scouts encourage all in the community to stop by and make a difference at the monthlong drop off center, located at Paradise Canyon Elementary School’s front office bins. There will be a drive-through drop-off on Saturday, March 11, and Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m.-noon.

St. Bede Students Win Service Awards

Two students at St. Bede School were recently awarded recognition for school and community service by the St. Bede Parish Italian Catholic Federation Branch 374. Janssen Van De Yacht (center) and Andrew Krause, both in the 8th grade, are pictured with Jack DeZell, branch president. The two students are active in the Boy Scouts and serve as altar servers at St. Bede. ICF recognized them for their exceptional service as it does with students each year. Past President Mark Mannarelli has served as coordinator of this program since its inception three years ago by Mannarelli and past President Al Restivo.

County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April

What’s an extra nine weeks spent on an issue that dates back to 1961?
At the request of the chief petitioners, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization has again postponed making a preliminary decision on whether to grant a territory transfer of the 385-acre Sagebrush area in westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April”

LCHS Boasts 9 National Merit Finalists

All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year. The LCHS finalists — who were selected from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists nationally — are (front row, from left) Michael Linde, Albert Zhai, Alex Zhao, Chris Morillo, Daniel Oh, Jenny Wang, Olivia Cwik and Jennifer Yoon. Not pictured: Sarah Bhaskaran. The group was treated to a celebratory snack of muffins and orange juice Wednesday and greeted by administrators such as Associate Principal Jim Cartnal, who told Zhao: “You’re busted.” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette continued: “Busted for being excellent.”
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All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year. The LCHS finalists — who were selected from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists nationally — are (front row, from left) Michael Linde, Albert Zhai, Alex Zhao, Chris Morillo, Daniel Oh, Jenny Wang, Olivia Cwik and Jennifer Yoon. Not pictured: Sarah Bhaskaran. The group was treated to a celebratory snack of muffins and orange juice Wednesday and greeted by administrators such as Associate Principal Jim Cartnal, who told Zhao: “You’re busted.” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette continued: “Busted for being excellent.”

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Webelos Cross Bridge to Boy Scouts

Fifth-grade Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 515, sponsored by La Cañada Congregational Church, met at Palm Crest Elementary School recently and bridged to Boy Scouts. The boys earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts.

Just for Fun at LCE Adventure Club

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La Cañada Elementary School 5th-graders, who are members of the Adventure Club, enjoyed a week of activities, while other classmates attended Valley Forge. Wearing their club sweatshirts, they went to the California Science Center; Riley’s Farm, where they saw an enactment of a famous battle;  Independence Hall at Knotts Berry Farm; and the International Printing Museum. On their last day, they made their own flags and had a tea time.