Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach

Joshua Rodriguez

La Cañada High School will fill another coaching void this summer following the resignation of varsity boys’ water polo coach Joshua Rodriguez on Monday. He accepted a position as an assistant water polo coach at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for him,” said LCHS Athletic Director Kristina Kalb, “and speaks volumes of his talent and abilities as a coach to be able to get hired in that position. We’re happy for him and sad for ourselves. He really changed the culture for the boys’ water polo team.”
Kalb said the vacancy has been posted online and plans on filling the position in the near future. Continue reading “Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach”

LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review

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Quemars Ahmed is the first Muslim law student at UCLA to earn the position as editor-in-chief at the UCLA Law Review.

“It is certainly an interesting time for lawyers,” Quemars Ahmed said. “Although maybe all times are interesting for lawyers?”
Ahmed, a 2009 La Cañada High School graduate, is the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, the nation’s 5th-ranked scholarly law journal. Known for being hard-working and cool-headed, the ever intellectually curious Ahmed is the first Muslim to lead the law school’s flagship journal since it began publishing in 1953.
“It means something to me only in the sense that it is representative of a larger phenomenon,” Ahmed said. “It’s a personal achievement, too, but … it does provide evidence of the fact that discrimination isn’t taking place [at UCLA] and it normalizes the relationships of other demographics in the law; I take that as a good thing.” Continue reading “LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review”

Local Divers Qualify for National Semifinals

A pair of La Canada High School students qualified for national semifinals in mutiple events this past weekend at USA Diving’s Zone F qualifier at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena.
In the 3-meter board, Ray Wipfli, 14, and Tatsuya Machida, 15, finished in first and second place in their age group Thursday; in the 1-meter board contest Friday, Wipfli was second and Machida placed third; and in the platform event Sunday, Machida was the winner and Wipfli finished second — despite having suffered a sprained hand during warmups. Continue reading “Local Divers Qualify for National Semifinals”

LCUSD Files Updated LCAP Document With County

With some minor updates requested by L.A. County, the La Cañada Unified School District finished its required Local Control Accountability Plan on Friday before the state’s July 1 deadline.
The LCAP is a three-year plan identifying specific actions the district’s educators are taking to achieve goals and measures by which progress will be identified. The 257-page LCAP document — which is developed with input from teachers, staff members, administrators, parents and pupils — has to include goals according to eight state priorities and additional local priorities.
The LCUSD Governing Board reviewed the plan at its June 6 meeting and adopted it at its June 20 meeting, after which the Los Angeles County Office of Education requested minor modifications and the inclusion of required state metrics in adjusted goal areas. Continue reading “LCUSD Files Updated LCAP Document With County”

JV Songies Have the Spartan Spirit

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La Cañada High School junior varsity Songies recently held their annual camp for future Spartan cheerleaders, including Zoe Hong (front row, from left), Sofi Aslanian, Nicole Maynew and Bella Cerpa. Middle row: Sarah Bell, Alyssa Parrille, Piper Scherbert, Kiani Makata, Madeline McCann, Abby Hwang, Emily Yang, Elkin Follett and Kiyomi Makata. Back: JV Songies Lara Kang, Mariam Hanna, Ciana Smyth, Mia Ransom, Rachel Hwang, Caitlin Blencowe, Priya Shah, Asher Follett and Juliette Aslanian. The Songies taught their campers cheers and dances and performed at their last session.

Kiwanis Celebrates Builders Club Accomplishments

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Builders Club members celebrate the group’s volunteer work, including Gloria Gong, Connor Hall, Jayden Husfeld, Joshua Fung, faculty adviser Sam Picture and Kiwanis President Dr. Mike Leininger.

The La Cañada 8th-grade Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, had a successful school year. This year, 25 8th-graders volunteered to be part of the community service organization. Their faculty adviser, Sam Picture, has led the Builders Club for eight years.
Builders Club students took on four projects that exceeded last year’s success. Their first project was to help UNICEF raise money to provided medicine, clean water, school supplies and more for kids all over the developing world. The students raised $1,465 over a four-week period, which grew to $2,465, from an additional grant from the Kiwanis Club.
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‘Pivotal Players’ at St. Bede Opens July 19

Bishop Robert Barron’s latest “Word on Fire” program, “The Pivotal Players,” opens on Wednesday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m. in St. Bede’s John 23rd Room.
The Pivotal Players are the men and women who influenced or changed certain doctrines of the Catholic Christian faith and who were often out of step with the culture of their time. Part 1 of the program includes: St. Francis of Assisi, the Reformer; St. Thomas Aquinas, the Theologian; St. Catherine of Sienna, the Mystic; Blessed John Henry Newman, the Convert; G.K. Chesterton, the Evangelist; and Michelangelo, the Artist.
Each session includes viewing a DVD followed by small group discussions for expanding and deepening the understanding of that particular pivotal player. The program is free.
For more information or to register, call St. Bede’s Parish Office at (818) 949-4300.

St. Bede Awards Essay Contest Winners

Janssen Van De Yacht is pictured with Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti of St. Bede and Archdiocesan director of the Italian Catholic Federation.

Two St. Bede Elementary School graduates recently were awarded the Father Lawrence Signey Essay Contest awards for writing excellence. The first-place winner, Alyssa Valdivia, was awarded $250 for her essay on the value of Catholic education, her heritage and good derived from church and community service. Janssen Van De Yacht received a second-place award for $100 for his essay covering the same criteria. Alyssa will attend Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in the fall, and Janssen will attend St. Francis High School.
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Future Spartan Songies

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La Cañada High School Varsity Songies held their annual cheerleading camp for future Spartans, teaching them cheer and dance routines, as well as games to get their groove on. Sami Panossian (front row, from left), Leah Panossian, Nicole Mayhen, Arainna Armillei, Kendall Trubey, Bella Cerpa and Camryn Cha. Second row: Sarah Bell, Sophia Saleh, Claire Reynolds, Natalie Gellar, Alyssa Parrille, Sarah Boulanger, Chloe Lee, Cami Joo, Alexa Talbert, Angelica Petroc, Morgan Warner and Penny Gross. Third row: Victoria Wilczel, Sonja Leavens, Clare Jensen, Alexis Calm, Belinda Castro, Kendall Short, Ava Hopeck, Leya Hopeck, Madison Warner, Molly Gross, Bella Scolnick and Kaitlin Trubey. Back: LCHS Varsity Songies Lucy Silva, Britney Nies, Lilly Kaiser, Isabelle Fisher, Natalie Guzman and Jenna Forshager.

St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.”
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