LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook

Photo courtesy Great American Songbook Foundation Finn Sagal, a senior at La Cañada High School, earned the title of 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador with his performances last month at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy.
Photo courtesy Great American Songbook Foundation
Finn Sagal, a senior at La Cañada High School, earned the title of 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador with his performances last month at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy.

La Cañada High School senior Finn Sagal is starting to get used to the sound of it: 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador.
His new title certainly has a ring to it.
“This is such an amazing opportunity,” said Sagal, who was named the top singer at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy this summer at the Palladium concert hall in Carmel, Indiana.
This week, he signed a contract for three high-profile performances with Michael Feinstein, the Songbook Foundation founder, in addition to a date singing the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game — all part of his duties as ambassador. There also will be a handful of other yet-to-be-determined events around the nation, perhaps including stops at important venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Continue reading “LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook”

Students Urged to Arrive Early for School’s First Week

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board President Dan Jeffries issued a public service reminder at last week’s meeting: Schools will start at 8:30 a.m. this year and run until 3:15 p.m., a decision the board reached late last school year after reviewing evidence that later school start times are better for the mental health of students. Continue reading “Students Urged to Arrive Early for School’s First Week”

Former Spartan Enters Amateur Tourney as No.1-Ranked SoCal Golfer

The following was written by Damian Secore, special to the Outlook.

Photo courtesy Cal Athletics
Collin Morikawa

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and Bryson DeChambeau are Californians who have won the U.S. Amateur and leveraged the ultimate amateur experience as a springboard onto fruitful and famous PGA Tour careers. This is the path La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa hopes to emulate.
Morikawa, 20, is the No. 1-ranked amateur from Southern California in the 312-player field of the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at the Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club from Aug. 14-20.
“Collin is among a great group of outstanding youngsters in the field of 312,” said Michael R. Yamaki, corporate office of The Riviera Country Club. “It’s going to be an incredible week of golf for the players and the fans as the U.S. Amateur champion is crowned.”
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ALF Welcomes Aspiring Musicians

Participants in a past ALF Strings program. Sign-ups for this fall are open now.

When Assistance League of Flintridge opened registration for its Instrumental Music program this week, it celebrated the 32nd year of this popular program.
Since 1985, the beginning of the school year has brought the annual call to “Choose your instrument!” as the League offers students in grades 4-6 the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and perform in an orchestra or band. Continue reading “ALF Welcomes Aspiring Musicians”

Three Troop 398 Scouts Earn Eagle Honor

Theodore Chamberlain, a recent graduate of La Cañada High School, joined Boy Scout Troop 398 in 2013. He has benefitted in developing his leadership skills and deepened his value of community service through the Scouting program. His favorite times were overnight camping and Boy Scout camps. His Eagle Scout Project entailed rebuilding and restoring the softball field backstops at La Cañada High School.
The field is used by the high school teams and many other youth programs in the community on a year-round basis. The project was a team effort, thanks to all the support of friends and family, and particularly the amazing leadership of Boy Scout Troop 398.
Chamberlain enjoys sports and will continue playing his favorite game of football at Claremont McKenna College this fall.

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Student-Designed App Livens Up Announcements

Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam, Kamyar Salahi and Kevin Mo spent two weeks on campus this summer collaborating on the Spartan Connect app that is now available for download by anyone interested in what’s going on at La Cañada High School.
Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder
Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam, Kamyar Salahi and Kevin Mo spent two weeks on campus this summer collaborating on the Spartan Connect app that is now available for download by anyone interested in what’s going on at La Cañada High School.

High school might never be the same.
You know the familiar announcements promoting campus events that are piped into classrooms over the public address system each morning? At La Cañada High School, that tradition is no more. Continue reading “Student-Designed App Livens Up Announcements”

Eagle Scout Project at PCY

Nathan Snow, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, has been involved in Scouting since he was in kindergarten and is currently a part of Troop 502 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. He attended Paradise Canyon Elementary and wanted his Eagle Scout project to benefit his former school. Snow raised $1,500 by selling fall wreaths in 2016, having two bake sales in the park and a Blaze Pizza fundraiser last summer. He used the funds to purchase an 8-foot bench for kids to sit on while they waited to be picked up after school. He had a crew of Scouts and family members landscape the area near the bench and installed a PCY marker made out of the lawn edging and decomposed granite. Lastly, he installed solar lights that gently illuminate the marker.

ALFie Players to Perform ‘Jungle Book’ in Fall

Photo courtesy ALF
ALFie actors participate in last year’s production of “Peter Pan Jr.”

Students entering 3rd-6th grades are invited to join the ALFie Players Fall Drama Program, which will showcase a production of “Jungle Book KIDS.” Later this school year, students in 5-10th grades will have an opportunity to join the ALFie Company Winter production.
Assistance League of Flintridge offers the after-school drama programs to students in La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities. Each program culminates with a public performance at Lanterman Auditorium.
The fall production of “Jungle Book KIDS,” is adapted from the classic Disney animated film “The Jungle Book.” Students will rehearse during September and October with a performance on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
The winter production will be “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical. Rehearsals begin in January with a performance on March 2 at 7 p.m.
Katelyn Fike will return as drama director of the ALF program. She is also the drama instructor for the La Cañada Unified School District Elementary schools. Her assistant director and choreographer is Greta Taylor. The programs are designed for beginners and experienced drama performers. Students will learn songs and choreography and practice fundamental drama skills. They often create their own costumes and sets. Students meet at Lanterman Auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5 p.m.
Online registration begins Monday, Aug. 7, at ALFlintridge.org. Early registration is highly recommended. A program fee of $275 per program session is charged. For more information, contact drama@alflintridge.org or call (818) 790-2211.

LCF Chamber Mixer Gets Groovy

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / Outlook
Mark Alexander (from left), Brenda Gant, Steve Del Guercio, Terry Walker, Len Pieroni and Ann Wilson turned back the clock to the colorful 1960s as the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce held a July “Summer of Love” mixer and business expo recently in Olberz Park at the Town Center.