Big Win for the Waverly School

Daniel Kyle

Daniel Kyle, a freshman at the Waverly School, became the East Los Angeles District Champion in the Lincoln Douglas Debate at the National Qualifying tournament held at Damien High School. Kyle also is one of the youngest students to achieve his Double Ruby for Special Distinction with the National Speech and Debate Association, gaining points for both attendance at tournaments and awards received.
He began his training with Nova 42 Academy when he was just a 5th-grader and continues to compete for Nova 42 when he is not debating for the Waverly School. Kyle hopes to continue his winning ways as he will be competing at the National Tournament, which will be held this year in Birmingham, Ala., in mid-June.

Mayfield Junior Students Take Fifth in Decathlon

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Photo courtesy Mayfield Junior School Mayfield Junior students who helped bring the school its fifth-place ranking out of 105 schools at the L.A. Archdiocese Junior High Decathlon are (front row, from left) Matthew DiFronzo, Elizabeth Lira, Carolyn Lira, Owen Smith, Frances Burton, Sophia Labrador and Logan Tang. Back: Ryan Lo, Marshall Smith, Katie Huntsman, Sophia Cotman and Trinity Partamian.

Hard work pays off. After months of preparation, the Mayfield Junior School Decathlon Team competed recently with 105 Catholic schools at the L.A. Archdiocese Junior High Decathlon taking fifth overall. The team achieved second place in the Super Quiz team event, answering 50 questions and five tiebreakers in the subjects of literature, fine arts, religion, social studies and science, and finished in the top 20 for the Logic Quiz team event, an intense test of 20 difficult questions. In addition, eight team members won individual medals or placed in the top 20. Awardees include Marshall Smith, second place in English; Frances Burton, fourth place in literature; Carolyn Lira, fifth place in fine arts; Katie Huntsman, sixth place in math; Ryan Lo, seventh place in current events; Sophia Labrador, seventh place in religion; Matthew DiFronzo, top 20 in science; and Elizabeth Lira, top 20 in social studies.

League Championship Teams

La Salle Boys’ Soccer
Photo courtesy Anthony Harris
The La Salle High School varsity boys’ soccer team recently captured the Del Rey League title with a 9-1 record. The Lancers (12-11-1 overall) clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff berth and fell to La Cañada, 2-1, in the first round. The Del Rey League championship squad includes (kneeling, from left) Nicholas Reynolds, Jason Helgeson, Corbin Jones, Adrian Puga, Fernando Urteaga, Stephen Burkhart, Alec Berberian, Eric Rivero and Ryan Alvarez. Standing: Curtis Antonides, Nick Zuniga, Neil Angsanto, Luis Serrano, Miles Gelinas, assistant coach Art Karamyan, Michael Gibbs, head coach Edgar Manvelyan, Ryan Sparks, Nicholas Wilson, Julian Prins, Vincent Zuniga and Christopher Dinkel.
Westridge Girls’ Water Polo
The Westridge varsity girls’ water polo recently shared the Prep League championship with Polytechnic with an 11-1 record. The Tigers clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth and fell to Downey Warren in the first round. The squad includes (front row, from left) Sammy Chean-Udell and Serena Lewin. Middle: Grace Collins, Marissa Aivizas, Aleen Babikian and Amanda Tse. Back: Mara Raygor, Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donell, Ava Whist, Brenna Bowlen and Sophia Rubbo.

Gooden School Appoints New Head

The Gooden School will welcome its sixth head of school, Carl Parke, this summer. Parke, currently head of school at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange, Ga., begins his tenure on July 1. Parke will succeed interim head of school Merrily Dunlap.

Carl Parke

“After an extensive nationwide search for a head of school, we are pleased that Parke will be joining us,” said Nadilee Russell, chair of the Gooden School board of trustees. “The combination of his experience as head of school, service to the independent school community, and understanding of a small and nurturing school atmosphere made him an ideal fit for Gooden.”
Parke previously served as head of the upper school and dean of students at the Altamont School in Birmingham, Ala.; as a faculty member at the University of South Florida and Tampa Preparatory in Florida; and as dean of students at Oxbridge Academics in Cambridge, England.
He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Valdosta State University and a master’s in history from the University of South Florida. In addition, he has been a presenter at regional and national independent school conferences and attended the Klingenstein Center Heads of School program at Columbia University.
Parke is also an active volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange and a Rotary Club member.

Pasadena Water and Power Opens College Scholarships Worth $7,500

Pasadena Water and Power is providing Pasadena-area high school seniors with an opportunity to win a college scholarship. A $5,000 and a $2,500 award will be given to the top two high school seniors who write the most creative and thoughtful essays on the topic of water and energy efficiency.
To apply, students must submit an application, academic transcripts and write an essay. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live within PWP service territory, be currently enrolled as a high school senior in the city of Pasadena, and provide proof of acceptance for the 2017-18 school year at an accredited two-year or four-year post-secondary institution. The application deadline is April 10.
PWP started the education scholarship program in 2014 as part of its commitment to empowering and investing in Pasadena’s youth. To learn more, visit or call (626) 744-4172.

Poly Captures League Basketball Title


Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto
The Polytechnic varsity boys’ basketball team recently captured its first Prep League title in six years with a 7-1 record. Head coach Brad Hall guided the Panthers to an overall record of 19-5, including CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoff victories over Santa Barbara Bishop Diego and Vista del Lago of Moreno Valley. The squad includes (front row, from left) Mateo Taylor, Ryan Bowen, John Genske, Jackson Hayes and Brendan Fong. Back: Nicholas Tu, Justin Fong, Graham Olson, James Olson and Nicholas Richard-Craven.

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.

Chandler School Athletic Teams Win League Crowns

Photo courtesy Jessie Brumfiel
The Chandler School ‘A’ boys’ basketball team recently won the Middle School Independent School League championship with a 9-1 record. The team includes (kneeling, from left) Aden Lee, Guarav Law, Zach Bechthold, Logan Sobel and manager Alexander Albrecht. Standing: Marcos Moline, Chad Johnson, Andrew Choi, Brandon Szeto, Ben Lee, Dylan Tracy-Lindenbaum and head coach Bill Anderson.
Photo courtesy Jessie Brumfiel
The Chandler School ‘A’ girls’ soccer team recently captured the Middle School Independent School League title with a 6-0 record. The squad includes (kneeling, from left) Ashley Ahn, Alyssa Christopoulos, Jennifer Spinoglio, Ava Gray, Caity Wackerly, Heather Thomasian, Emily Hsieh and Olivia Bulow. Standing: head coach Nathan Mook, Courtney Gangi, Madison Bradford, Emma Stellar, Eryn Mitchell, Mohona Ganguly, Hailey Lam, Arianna Stavropoulos and Natalie Hewlett.

PUSD Young Musicians Shine at Festivals

Pasadena Unified All District Music Festival showcased performances by middle and high school musicians.

The two-day All-District Secondary Music Festivals brought together more than 1,000 6-12th grade students in bands, orchestras, and choirs from schools across the district recently. Demonstrating that performing and visual arts education is thriving in Pasadena, students awed audiences with their talent and creativity. Performances were conducted by Pasadena Unified School District music teachers and staff, with Lauren Buckley of the Pasadena Master Chorale serving as guest conductor.

Lauren Buckley of the Pasadena Master Chorale was guest conductor of
Pasadena Unified All-District Choral Festival.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Huntington Gardens

Kids at the Huntington Gardens

Pasadena Unified School District 2nd-graders are getting special behind-the-scenes access to orchards, nurseries and other areas of the Huntington Library and its gardens. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Huntington and the district’s Farm to School program, 2nd-grade field trips this spring focus on the seed-to-table cycle that is part of the district’s garden curriculum. The field trips bring to life classroom lessons on plant life cycles and the cultivation and harvesting of food. Students learn about edible gardens, herbs, orchards, and the connection between the land and farming.
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