First Year Free is a ‘PCC Promise’

Sometimes you have to hear it, see it and read it to believe it: The first year of community college for local, qualifying high school graduates really is free at Pasadena City College — and it doesn’t matter how much, or how little — your parents earn.
In its fledgling roll-out program for the “PCC Promise” this fall, the campaign has garnered about 149 students from 16 high schools around the Pasadena Area Community College District who are attending free of charge. Continue reading “First Year Free is a ‘PCC Promise’”

La Salle High Senior Crowned 100th Rose Queen

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Rose Queen Isabella Marez (center) reacts to her name being called at last week’s coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Rose Queen Isabella Marez (center) reacts to her name being called at last week’s coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Alas, there can be only one Rose Queen.
The Tournament of Roses last week crowned Altadena resident and La Salle High School senior Isabella Marez as the 100th Rose Queen for 2018, marking a century of city pride and tradition at the packed Pasadena Playhouse theater. Continue reading “La Salle High Senior Crowned 100th Rose Queen”

Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk

Mayor Terry Tornek and Maranatha High School Principal John Rouse meet in the early hours last week on the steps of City Hall.
Mayor Terry Tornek and Maranatha High School Principal John Rouse meet in the early hours last week on the steps of City Hall.

Maranatha High School students took a walk of faith last week to Pasadena City Hall, the start of what might become an annual tradition.
Amid the chirping of morning birds and freshly dewed streets on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 19, about 350 students, freshmen to seniors, divvied up into small groups with school staff chaperones and took separate walking tours from the school’s campus to Garfield Avenue.
As they walked, they discussed ways they might volunteer for the city during their student service projects in November. Continue reading “Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk”

Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez, La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association
Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez,
La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

The Tournament of Roses on Monday announced its chosen seven members of the 2018 Royal Court from 37 contending finalists, pulling three young Pasadena women into the time-honored Rose fold.
As a frenzied crowd of family, friends and classmates whooped up their support, Alexandra Artura from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Isabella Marez from La Salle High School; and Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School, carefully descended the tiered staircase of the historic Tournament house. The wide-eyed girls were part laughing, part crying. Continue reading “Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court”

Swim With Mike Scholarship Fund Swells With Support

Photo courtesy Dan Avila Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.
Photo courtesy Dan Avila
Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.

Mike Nyeholt keeps on swimming.
The former three-time All-American swimmer, who was paralyzed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident 37 years ago, is in the pool three, sometimes four times a week. Despite some shoulder injuries, the Pasadena resident still hits the water and is a familiar face to anyone doing laps at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center pool.
He has a lot to swim for. This year, his Swim With Mike nonprofit is bigger than ever, helping 56 physically disabled athletes find new purpose in life through scholarships at colleges nationwide. The Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, based at USC, is the only kind in the country, raising more than $19.6 million and sending recipients to 104 universities across the country since its inception.
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LCF Baseball Players Drafted by Cubs

Alex Cornwell and Jared Akins were two local baseball standouts whose names came up during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last week.
Cornwell, who recently graduated from Maranatha, was limited because of injuries this season but managed to post an ERA of 2.29 and a record of 5-2 in 39 2/3 innings this season, and the Chicago Cubs noticed potential in the Minuteman. The defending World Series champions drafted Cornwell in the 37th round with the 1,125th pick.
“When I heard, I was honestly elated,” Cornwell said. “As a child, you always work and play the game and hope one day to get the opportunity to just play professional baseball. I was just happy all those hours of work and effort paid off.” Continue reading “LCF Baseball Players Drafted by Cubs”

Alverno Heights Hosts Susan Finley, Pioneer at JPL

Susan G. Finley

Students at Alverno Heights Academy recently hosted Susan G. Finley, the longest-serving woman in NASA who has been employed at JPL since 1958.
At 21, Finley left Scripps College to become an engineer with a thermodynamics group at Convair in Pomona. Like most women of her generation, Finley took time off at the beginning of her career to raise a family. Then, in 1958, she took a position at JPL.
Her job required trajectory computations for rocket launches. In 1962, it was Finley’s calculation that showed that Ranger 3 missed the moon by 22,000 miles. Through her career, Finley contributed to JPL’s missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, in the Ranger, Mariner, Pioneer, Viking and Voyager programs.
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Blair Students Get Up-Close Look at Brain Development

Dr. Marie Csete, president and chief scientist of Huntington Medical Research Institutes, talks to Blair Middle School students on Brain Awareness Day.

Blair Health Career Academy high school students worked with Huntington Medical Research Institutes neuroscientists and other top experts to create presentations on topics such as brain development and migraines, and together presented their reports to Blair Middle School students. The presentations were part of the HMRI’s Brain Awareness Day on March 8.
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K-1 French Dual Immersion to Open in PUSD

Altadena Elementary School Principal Ana Maria Apodaca will welcome students in the French Dual Language Immersion program in 2017-18.A new French-English dual immersion language program for kindergarten-1st-grade students will open in the 2017-18 academic year at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Altadena Elementary School. Applications for enrollment are accepted through Friday, April 7. The program will expand to upper grades each year and feed into the district’s International Baccalaureate programs.
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No Boundaries Art Exhibit Displays Student Work

Pasadena Unified’s No Boundaries exhibit features 2-D, 3-D and video art.

The art of Pasadena Unified students was on display at the recent 12th annual No Boundaries art exhibit at Pasadena’s Shops on Lake. The exhibit featured more than 500 art pieces from students in every school in the district.
Selected pieces will be included in two installments at the “Bridging Boundaries” exhibition in Pasadena City Hall.

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