Flintridge Prep Student Develops App for AP Biology Test

Hey, pssst. If you’re going to be taking the AP biology test, Ankur Jain will be totally OK with you looking at his work. He won’t even charge you to do it.
No, nobody is cheating here. Jain, a 16-year-old rising senior at Flintridge Prep, has created an app to help students study for the AP bio test. It’s called BioPrep. It’s free. It’s for your iPhone. And it’s catching on in a hurry. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Student Develops App for AP Biology Test”

Green’s Helping Hand Reaches for CSCP

Ben Green believes the worst words that anyone can hear are “You’ve got cancer.” A doctor once relayed that sobering diagnosis to Green before leaving him alone in the sterile room to process the life-altering news. It was a frightening, lonely experience, one that Green will never forget. Although he eventually beat the affliction, Green’s father did not. Nor did his brother. Some of Green’s best friends lost their battles as well. Continue reading “Green’s Helping Hand Reaches for CSCP”

Club 21 Aims to Make Summer Connections

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in mid-July and a group of teenagers are sauntering across the dance floor at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. They practice new routines in pairs, moving from one side of the room to the other as pop music blares, occasionally observing their form in the mirror. Each strut elicits smiles and high-fives from their peers. Although some of these teens have Down syndrome and others do not, there is a natural sense of camaraderie in the shared experience. Continue reading “Club 21 Aims to Make Summer Connections”

Free Animal Doctor Nonprofit Helps Pets Get Vet Care

The following was written by Sydney Chun, special to the Outlook

Holly Green’s dog, Willy, is blind in both eyes and had a painful glaucoma in one eye, so she took him to get the eye removed. However, she didn’t have the $1,000 to pay for surgery, anesthesia and bloodwork, so she reached out to Ryan Boyd at Free Animal Doctor for assistance. Continue reading “Free Animal Doctor Nonprofit Helps Pets Get Vet Care”

Mosqueda Goes to Bat for Old Souls

For as long as she can remember, Pasadena resident Laura Mosqueda has enjoyed the company of older adults. A close-knit relationship with her grandparents while growing up in Southern California played a large role in this reality, as did the inspiration she gleaned from her own parents, both of whom were physicians. This combination of an affinity for the elderly and a desire to help others paved a clear career path for Mosqueda, who has stridden passionately along it for more than 20 years as an innovator and advocate. Continue reading “Mosqueda Goes to Bat for Old Souls”

Dark to Be Honored at Arboretum’s Fundraiser

One of the first weddings that Peggy Dark catered did not begin on a promising note. It was a hot, September afternoon in the early 1980s, and the bright sun wilted her decorative vegetable arrangement. Dark scrambled to cover the table with a nearby umbrella, but a hired musician admonished her for removing shade for the band’s instruments. Continue reading “Dark to Be Honored at Arboretum’s Fundraiser”

Longtime News Anchor Continues to Support Casa

Her face is one of the most recognizable in the Southern California news market. Her reporting for NBC4 has spanned decades and garnered multiple industry honors. But when it comes to anchor Colleen Williams, some of her best work doesn’t take place in front of a camera or in a studio. Since 1995, the longtime Pasadena resident has supported Casa de las Amigas by hosting a yearly golf tournament to raise funds for the residential recovery center that houses women who are overcoming addiction. Continue reading “Longtime News Anchor Continues to Support Casa”

McDonald Steers PUSD Down Right Path

It’s not very often that a child with attention deficit disorder grows up to become the superintendent of a large school district. It’s even less likely when that child is born in Jamaica and that school district is nearly 3,000 miles away in the United States. But for Brian McDonald, overcoming daunting statistics is a welcome challenge that has guided his work for more than 20 years. Continue reading “McDonald Steers PUSD Down Right Path”