Former Burroughs Standout Honored

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank native Nick Garcia earned co-Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Southern California Football Association after guiding Glendale Community College to victory against West Los Angeles College last week.
Garcia, a freshman quarterback who graduated from John Burroughs High School, completed 18 of 21 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns toward a 52-20 drubbing of the West L.A. Wildcats last Saturday. He also rushed for one Vaqueros touchdown.
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GCC Players Share SCFA Honor

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Two Glendale Community College football players shared the Offensive Player of the Week title for the Southern California Football Association following the Vaqueros’ drubbing of West Los Angeles College 52-20 last Saturday.
Quarterback Nick Garcia and wideout Nick Johnson, both freshmen, took home the title this week along with their victory.
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Local Sprinter Reflects on Tokyo Olympics Feat

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

It was quite the summer for local runner Hanna Barakat. Despite not participating in the past two track and field seasons at Brown University, the 22-year-old sprinter managed to compete alongside the world’s best athletes on the biggest stage in all of sports.
Barakat, who graduated from Flintridge Preparatory School in 2017 and often trained at Glendale Community College, represented Palestine in the Tokyo Olympics during the summer, fulfilling a dream she’s had since she was a child.
“That was always a goal of mine,” Barakat said. “Growing up, the Olympics was always the bar in my household.”
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GCC’s Role in Sprinter’s Olympic Feat

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

It was quite the summer for Hanna Barakat. Despite not participating in the past two track and field seasons at Brown University, the 22-year-old sprinter managed to compete alongside the world’s best athletes on the biggest stage in all of sports.
Barakat, who graduated from Flintridge Preparatory School in 2017 and often trained at Glendale Community College, represented Palestine in the Tokyo Olympics during the summer, fulfilling a dream she’s had since she was a child.
“That was always a goal of mine,” Barakat said. “Growing up, the Olympics was always the bar in my household.”
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Viar, Praised for College Stewardship, to Retire

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

After spending nearly a decade helping to right the ship at Glendale Community College, David Viar is retiring as president of the institution after the current academic year ends in June.
GCC announced the decision this week, with the college’s Board of Trustees committing to hiring an executive search firm at its Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting to assist in identifying Viar’s successor. The board anticipates selecting his replacement on May 17.
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GCC: Staff, Students on Campus Must Get Vaccine

Officials with Glendale Community College made the institution the latest this week to enact a mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to use college facilities across all of its campuses.
The GCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to level the mandate on all students, faculty and staff. The mandate will go into effect Oct. 31, meaning that those who have not started getting their vaccinations will be able to receive each dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines by then with enough time for the incubation period. Johnson & Johnson vaccines require only one shot.
Regardless of vaccination status, everyone on campus will be required to wear face masks when indoors.

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She’s Saluted for Helping Front-Line Health Workers

Photo courtesy Nareh Manooki
Congressman Adam Schiff recently named Burbank resident Nareh Manooki, who as an engineering instructor at Glendale Community College helped create and donate more than 2,000 face shields and ear straps, as a 2021 woman of the year in his district.

After the COVID-19 pandemic began and reports of personal protective equipment shortages spread across the United States, Nareh Manooki worried she was useless. Then she got to printing.
The Burbank resident, who teaches engineering at Glendale Community College, Los Angeles City College and L.A. Pierce College, asked school officials if she could take home the 3-D printers she had ordered for her class lab, which remained without students due to the pandemic. The college said yes.

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Merle Vincent Stone | Obituary

November 17, 1935-April 14, 2021

Merle Vincent Stone

Merle Vincent Stone (Coach Stone), 85, died peacefully at his home in Burbank, CA on April 14, 2021. He passed away after a short battle with cancer. Merle was a true original. He was a larger-than-life character that touched countless lives.
He is survived by his two sons, Peter and Adam; his daughter-in-law, Laura; 3 grandchildren, Tyler, Addison, and Ava; the mother of his sons, Debra Collins; several close nieces and nephews, about a dozen godchildren, and thousands of former students he taught or coached.
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