LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest

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LCHS 8th-graders Sophia Ponce, Esme Salzman and Chloe Morgan emerged as finalists from thousands of entries this year in Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Thirty La Cañada High School middle-schoolers signed up this year for a homeroom that, instead of allowing them to catch their breath in the middle of a hectic school day, asked them to ponder and engage with some of the world’s most difficult subject matter.
The period was geared toward completing projects for Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, which, in partnership with the 1939 Society, invites middle school and high school students from around the world to create works of art in response to recorded oral testimonies from survivors.
Each school was permitted only three submissions into the competition, which in its 19th year asked participants to consider the theme, “Messenger of Memory.” Continue reading “LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest”

Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Accolades

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La Cañada’s Tess Oakley-Stilson (white jersey) was named the Rio Hondo League MVP and earned a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A second team.

The CIF Southern Section released its remaining All-CIF winter selections on Monday, recognizing the best basketball and soccer players in each division. Athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were among those listed.
The lone Spartan to be honored was senior Tess Oakley-Stilson, who made the All-CIF Division 2A second team in girls’ basketball. Oakley-Stilson, who was also named the Rio Hondo League’s Most Valuable Player, was a consistent performer for La Cañada and averaged 14 points, five rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. The senior guard stepped up in the postseason, scoring 25 points in the Spartans’ win over La Verne Bonita and 19 points in a second-round loss at Newbury Park.
Oakley-Stilson helped La Cañada finish its season with a 23-5 record, including a perfect 10-0 record in Rio Hondo League play to bring home the program’s third straight league crown.
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LCHS Senior Receives NROTC Scholarship

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Sgt. Steven Cho, La Cañada High School senior William Bley and Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Los Angeles, Maj. Aixa Dones were among those in attendance to celebrate William Bley’s NROTC scholarship in Chris Roberts’ class.

La Cañada High School senior William Bley on Friday, March 23, was awarded the prestigious Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship worth as much as $180,000.
The NROTC Scholarship is a Navy and Marine Corps program that allows qualified young men and women to serve as a commissioned officer in the Navy or in the Marine Corps while they receive a full tuition, book stipend and more.
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Local Students Join ‘March for Our Lives’

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La Cañada High School students (from left) Bella Gardina, Isabelle Fisher, Abigail Lidar, Julia Quinn, Noah Jongeling, Lorenzo Lizardi and Kelsey Warda joined others from La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday at the “March for Our Lives” rally in downtown Los Angeles, which drew an estimated 55,000 protesters, according to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. A busload of people from LCF attended the march, which was one of many nationwide. The event was part of a worldwide day of action against gun violence organized by student activists in response to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

Scholarship Opportunities Available to LCHS Seniors

Eight scholarships — including five under the umbrella of the La Cañada Teachers Association — are available to graduating La Cañada High School seniors this year. They are:

LCTA Jeanne Maus Memorial Scholarship

The applicant must be a senior at La Cañada High School and must be enrolled in at least two years of course work at LCHS in one of the Fine Arts Departments. One year must be the senior year.
Applicants must not have professional status in any of the areas, must be planning to continue an involvement in art, and must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better. The emphasis will be on the performance or portfolio. The application deadline is April 12.
Application available at:

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LCUSD Governing Board Considers More Safety Measures

The 17th school shooting in the nation this year occurred Tuesday morning at a high school in Maryland. On Tuesday night, concerned members of the La Cañada Unified School District community reconvened at a Governing Board meeting to talk security locally.
“Everything we can do, we will,” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said.
That includes anything from inviting a pack of drug-sniffing dogs to visit the La Cañada High School campus to scheduling conversations with architects about fencing at all of the district’s traditionally open campuses. Continue reading “LCUSD Governing Board Considers More Safety Measures”

Teen Vaping is a Growing Concern

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka offers a lesson on fast-moving vaping trends at the YMCA’s Strategic Partners Network meeting last week at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Deputy Eric Matejka said he was stunned that so many parents at a recent La Cañada Unified School Board meeting were unfamiliar with the concept of “Juuling,” and unaware of how hot a trend vaping — e-cigarette smoking — has become.
“I haven’t caught a kid with a cigarette in years,” said Matejka, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’ Station’s dedicated resource officer, who spends a lot of time at La Cañada High School. “But the Juuls and the vapes have gotten really big.” Continue reading “Teen Vaping is a Growing Concern”

Spartan Tip Line Offers Anonymity

La Cañada Unified School District launched the Spartan Tip Line largely in response to recent events involving drugs and threats to campus, said Jim Cartnal, executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services.

The “tip line” that district officials promised at a Governing Board meeting last month went live last week and immediately began receiving reports, La Cañada Unified School District administrators said.
“It’s being used,” said Jim Cartnal, the district’s executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services. “It’s being used somewhat regularly, and in particular with the events leading up to the [walkout] on March 14, it was a venue where various people and students reported concerns related to rumors they heard on social media about possible negative behavior toward the school.”
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said last week that rumors were unsubstantiated, that there was no threat to campus on March 14 and, with additional security on site, the walkout proceeded peacefully. Continue reading “Spartan Tip Line Offers Anonymity”

Student Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Education Committee

The Student Suicide Prevention Bill authored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino passed the Senate Education Committee with unanimous bipartisan support last week.
Senate Bill 972 would require public, charter and private schools to print a suicide prevention hotline number and/or text crisis lines on the back of identification cards for students enrolled in 7th-12th grade or at any higher education institution. Continue reading “Student Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Education Committee”

Girl Scouts Dedicate Gold Projects to Door of Hope

Allison Budde and Alexandra Ehrhart selected Door of Hope to complete their Girls Scouts Gold Award projects, refurbishing several rooms to improve the feeling at the Pasadena nonprofit organization that cares for homeless families.

A pair of local Girl Scouts recently dedicated their Gold Award projects to refurbishing key spaces at Door of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Pasadena that takes in homeless families and gives them a temporary place to stay and helps them get back on their feet to find employment and permanent housing.
With help from Megan Katerjian, Door of Hope’s executive director, and Maggie Niewoehner, the manager of donor relations, La Cañada Flintridge residents Allison Budde and Alexandra Ehrhart identified their projects and then got to work.
Budde refurbished an upstairs area that serves as an office and meeting space for staff and potential donors. 
“The room was very dark, cluttered and overall just a depressing room to be in,” Budde said. “It only has one window, so it doesn’t have a lot of natural light.”
She’s developed an affinity for decorating rooms, she said, because of her participation as a part of the Junior Room Crew for the LCF-based organization Once Upon a Room, which goes to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to decorate the rooms of sick kids with things they like to lift their spirits.
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