LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win

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Collin Morikawa, a 2015 graduate of La Cañada High School, plays his second shot on the 14th hole during singles at the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa capped a remarkable summer with a momentous victory, helping Team USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland, 19-7, to reclaim the prestigious Walker Cup this weekend at the Los Angeles Country Club.
“It’s the biggest honor to be on the USA team and represent my country the entire week,” said Morikawa, who was one of 10 American amateurs selected to take on their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. “We lost two years ago and the main goal was to win, no matter what it takes. I’m just really proud of this team.” Continue reading “LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win”

FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a few dotted i’s and crossed t’s from finally seeing its master plan receive the blessing of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission.
Commissioners indicated Tuesday they’re ready to support the project when they revisit it at their Oct. 24 meeting, so long as there are a few minor adjustments to the proposal, which calls for an increase of building square footage by some 116,000 square feet to 333,502 square feet. Continue reading “FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval”

Young Marine Officer From LCF Shoots for the Stars

John Griffith

The first step, especially for an aspiring astronaut, can be both a small and a giant step.
For John Griffith, the backyard ceremony at which he was commissioned as a Marine second lieutenant meant mostly that he’d just passed go.
“It’s good to get the ceremony out of the way and move on — it’s just starting,” said Griffith, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was commissioned before family, friends and neighbors on Sept. 2, less than a week after turning 20, the minimum age one can become a Marine officer, and only three months after graduating from Cal State Los Angeles with a mechanical engineering degree. Continue reading “Young Marine Officer From LCF Shoots for the Stars”

LCHS Art Teacher’s Design in Running at L.A. Fashion Show

La Cañada High School art teacher Serafina Kenwood has been selected to participate in this year’s Metropolitan Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Los Angeles.
The free public event, including a runway show and costume competition, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Original Farmers Market at 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. The theme this year is a tribute to Colleen Atwood, a four-time Oscar-winning costume designer. Continue reading “LCHS Art Teacher’s Design in Running at L.A. Fashion Show”

Pops Concert Sept. 22 Benefits LCHS Choral Scholarships

La Cañada Flintridge’s award-winning choral music program kicks off the year on a fun note with the annual Pops Scholarship Concert on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the La Cañada High School Auditorium.
The pops format is made up of a series of solo and small group performances, giving students an opportunity to leave their gowns and suits behind to perform their favorite pop songs. Last year, the playlist included songs by Elton John, Jason Mraz, the Chainsmokers, Sara Bareilles and Rachel Platten. Jeff Brookey, the LCHS choral director, will conduct.
The concert raises money for the Choral Music Scholarship Program, helping students defray the costs of international and domestic tours and competitions. Admission is $10 at the door.
The LCHS choral program is nationally recognized for teaching proper technique, choral performance and musicianship. Throughout the year, students study and perform a wide range of choral music from different eras and cultures. More information on the program can be found at lchschoral.org.

LCHS Boasts 10 National Merit Semifinalists

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Arjun Aron, Blake Northrop, Veronica Backer-Peral, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk, Yiyin Hu, Cora Wu and Erica Lee are among the 10 La Cañada High School seniors who remain in the running to earn National Merit Scholarships next spring. Not pictured: Christos Menemenlis and Harrison Min.

Ten La Cañada High School seniors are among the 16,000 semifinalists — less than 1% of all high school seniors nationwide — in this year’s 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced this week.
LCHS’ talented students continuing in the competition for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships next spring include Arjun Aron, Veronica Backer-Peral, Yiyin Hu, Erica Lee, Christos Menemenlis, Harrison Min, Blake Northrop, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk and Cora Wu.
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Superintendent Sinnette’s Contract Extended 4 Years

Likening her to basketball great Michael Jordan, the five members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board heaped praise on Superintendent Wendy Sinnette at Tuesday’s meeting before voting unanimously to extend her contract for four years.
She is to earn $255,800 annually through July 31, 2021.
Previously, the board agreed to increase Sinnette’s minimum annual base salary from $185,000 to $225,800 for the 2015-16 school year, $240,800 in 2016-17 and $250,800 for 2017-18. Her base salary when she took over for retiring Superintendent Jim Stratton in 2011 was $161,000.
“Wendy continues to deliver an exceptional level of leadership,” board member Ellen Multari said. “There isn’t a day that goes by when your core values don’t shine through — your mantra, ‘What’s best for the students?’ is just emblazoned in my mind.”
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Talented Spartans Seek First League Championship Since 2012

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La Cañada has a depth it has not had in years, making the Spartans one of the top contenders for the Rio Hondo League title.

In his third year at the helm of the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball program, head coach Chris Sullivan has the kind of team any coach would envision.
“We returned 11 players from last year’s team, so that really helps,” said Sullivan. “The experience they gained last year was definitely valuable. We have a lot of depth, and I’m really excited about this season. We’ve had some great wins so far. We’re already leaps and bounds better than when we started in the summer.”
Sullivan returns nearly every player and has the perfect balance of experience and young talent with a roster that includes five seniors, three juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen.
The best part of about this team is that players are interchangeable. Sullivan has never had this kind of depth before, and he said he was confident in playing anyone on the roster.
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