LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly

Ready for take-off, Gaines McCollum, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, sat comfortably behind the controls of a Boeing 737, plotting his course from KLAX to KLAS.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.

For the benefit of a guest in the cockpit on this particular afternoon, the 16-year-old explained that was pilot-speak for Los Angeles International to Las Vegas’ McCarran International: “And once I’ve been cleared, I’ll have to find my Loop Eight Departure and my Daggett Transition. I plan my entire flight because just like how there are lanes on a highway, there are lanes in the sky, so I’ll get waypoints I have to go on ….”
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Hogg’s Hollow Students Get Green Thumbs

The recent rains have not stopped Hogg’s Hollow preschool and kindergarten students from studying gardening. Thanks to an aeroponic tower garden, they have been growing vegetables such as lettuce, kale, herbs and tomatoes, and learning some early lessons in botany and self-sufficiency in the process.
Rather than planting seedlings in standard dirt-filled garden beds, the plants are growing in a tower system that circulates nutrient-infused water to feed the vegetables’ roots. Parent Christopher Lay, who is leading the class project, says they’re already seeing some success — both with the greenery and the kids’ response.

“The lesson is different with a water garden merely by the fact that there are alternatives to the norm. The kids already know about dirt gardens, now it is time to discover alternative processes that are nevertheless functionally equivalent,” said Lay. “So far the kids seem to be curious and excited.”
Hogg’s Hollow will host an open hose for prospective families and students on March 12 from 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call the school at (818) 790-1700.

Hillside School Students Visit Edwards Air Force Base

Hillside School students were literally winging it early one recent morning as they readied for a field trip to Edwards Air Force Base in Rosamond, California. Edwards, which is an active Air Force base, is the fabled home of some of America’s most high-performing planes and pilots, including Chuck Yeager. The base hosts test flights for many military as well as NASA aircraft under development, and is the site from which most fighter and stealth aircraft leave to appear in western U.S. air shows and events.
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Girl Scout Completes Gold Award Project

Photo courtesy Doreen Aitelli

La Cañada High School student Hailey Belcher, member of Girl Scout Troop 7361, completed her Gold Award project at Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena. Her love of books has made a difference at the school. Students are sometimes frustrated when they check out a book and start reading it, only to find that it is too hard or too easy for them. Belcher worked with the school librarian to develop a system for assigning reading levels for the chapter books. Belcher labeled all the books appropriately and the new system will continue to be used as more books are purchased. Belcher also purchased some additional books and even made a reading nook area for the library.

Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa

 During his last visit to Uganda, Ray Wipfli visited Bulamu Secondary School in Mpigi, where the school’s Ray United FC club was awarded a 1-million Ugandan shilling ($285) grant to promote nutrition by planting fruit trees and encouraging fruit consumption on campus. The Uganda students pictured are the leaders of the club receiving the donation.
Photo courtesy Heather Wipfli
During his last visit to Uganda, Ray Wipfli visited Bulamu Secondary School in Mpigi, where the school’s Ray United FC club was awarded a 1-million Ugandan shilling ($285) grant to promote nutrition by planting fruit trees and encouraging fruit consumption on campus. The Uganda students pictured are the leaders of the club receiving the donation.

Without even the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand, that box filled with clothes you’ve been meaning to donate could be turned into health, citizenship and soccer education for children in Africa. Continue reading “Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa”

LCF Sister Cities Group Seeks Hosts, Travelers

The La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association is looking for high school students interested in an opportunity to travel internationally and represent their city this summer.

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association
Representatives who attended last year’s Youth Leadership Summit included (from left) Flintridge Prep’s Courtney Johnson, La Cañada High School’s Luke Stefan, LCHS’ Kelly Steele, St. Francis’ Lenny Pieroni, LCHS’ Naomi Stephen and St. Francis’ Amr Eissa.

The association is accepting applications for student ambassadors to travel to Spain, as well as families to host eight Spanish students who will be staying in LCF.
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Flintridge Prep Wins League Championship

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team recently clinched its fourth straight Prep League championship. The Rebels won the crown with a 12-0 record and finished the season with an overall record of 24-3. Co-coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Chan guided Prep to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinals, where the Rebels fell to La Salle, 68-61. The league-winning squad includes (front row, from left) Andie Kim, Noelle Tamura, Natalie Dale and Natalia Matossian. Back: Alex Kyriakakis, Kaitlyn Chen, Taylor Yoshida, Natalie Benn, Renae Tamura, Alison Fujimoto, Madison Manning and Haley Allen.

St. Bede Students Win Service Awards

Two students at St. Bede School were recently awarded recognition for school and community service by the St. Bede Parish Italian Catholic Federation Branch 374. Janssen Van De Yacht (center) and Andrew Krause, both in the 8th grade, are pictured with Jack DeZell, branch president. The two students are active in the Boy Scouts and serve as altar servers at St. Bede. ICF recognized them for their exceptional service as it does with students each year. Past President Mark Mannarelli has served as coordinator of this program since its inception three years ago by Mannarelli and past President Al Restivo.

County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April

What’s an extra nine weeks spent on an issue that dates back to 1961?
At the request of the chief petitioners, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization has again postponed making a preliminary decision on whether to grant a territory transfer of the 385-acre Sagebrush area in westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April”

LCHS Boasts 9 National Merit Finalists

All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year. The LCHS finalists — who were selected from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists nationally — are (front row, from left) Michael Linde, Albert Zhai, Alex Zhao, Chris Morillo, Daniel Oh, Jenny Wang, Olivia Cwik and Jennifer Yoon. Not pictured: Sarah Bhaskaran. The group was treated to a celebratory snack of muffins and orange juice Wednesday and greeted by administrators such as Associate Principal Jim Cartnal, who told Zhao: “You’re busted.” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette continued: “Busted for being excellent.”
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year. The LCHS finalists — who were selected from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists nationally — are (front row, from left) Michael Linde, Albert Zhai, Alex Zhao, Chris Morillo, Daniel Oh, Jenny Wang, Olivia Cwik and Jennifer Yoon. Not pictured: Sarah Bhaskaran. The group was treated to a celebratory snack of muffins and orange juice Wednesday and greeted by administrators such as Associate Principal Jim Cartnal, who told Zhao: “You’re busted.” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette continued: “Busted for being excellent.”

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