San Marino Boys, Girls Win Rio Hondo League Crowns

The San Marino High School boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated South Pasadena and won the Rio Hondo League regular season titles. The teams, guided by Casey Holcomb and Mark Barr, include Agatha Augustynski, Sarah Broderick, Tzu-Yi Chan, Ellie Chen, Jasmine Chen, Kevin Chen, Rebecca Chen, Claire Chiu, Kyle Day, Jan Estandarte, Caitlin Hernandez, Matthew Hoo, Adrian Huang, Taylor Hughes, Zephanie Koh, Water Lam, Devin Lee, Megan Lien, Jill Lin, Maxwell Lin, Tristan Lin, Kyle Mauser, Jordan Ng, Alicia Ogawa, Nicholas Oo, Kurtis Tsai, Patrick Tulaphorn, John Van, Kalissa Villaluna, Ashley Wang, Serena Wang, Darren Wong, Kyle Wong, Preston Wong and Taylor Yang.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated visiting rival South Pasadena last week to claim the regular season Rio Hondo League championships for the second consecutive year.
The boys, guided by head coach Casey Holcomb, concluded the regular season defeating the Tigers, 121-49, and a perfect 9-0 record, including a 5-0 record against Rio Hondo League opponents.
The girls, guided by head coach Mark Barr, dominated the Rio Hondo League meet against South Pasadena with a 109-59 win. The Titans (6-3 overall record) finished league play with a perfect 5-0 record.
Both teams will compete in the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center this Friday, May 5, at noon.

Signing Day at San Marino High School

San Marino High School standouts Jadyn Torres, Tommy Hannan, Alessio Brunochelli, Kyle Day and Mason Chiu signed letters of intent last Friday and committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Torres, who was an All-CIF basketball player this year, will attend Luther College in Iowa; Tommy Hannan will play baseball at MIT; Alessio Brunochelli, an All-CIF water polo athlete, will be going to Loyola; Kyle Day will swim at NYU; and Mark Chiu will continue to golf at Claremont McKenna College.

Taking the Reins for a Day at Carver

Photo courtesy Carver Elementary School

Principal Michael Lin (right) recently ceded control of Carver Elementary School to Eiffel “Zihe” Wang for the day. Wang visited the school’s classrooms before commandeering the PA system to announce five minutes of extra recess for his peers. He also kept order on the playground with a whistle, visited the library and kitchens, and dined with Lin.

Groundbreaking for Athletic Complex Set for June

The San Marino Unified School District will break ground on its long-awaited Barth Athletic Complex at a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.
The ceremony will be at the track and field behind the currently existing gym building at Huntington Middle School. The athletic complex will replace that building to give HMS its first true multipurpose athletic facility.
The $14 million project has garnered substantial donations from residents, most prominently an initial $3.5 million offering from the Barth family, who earned naming rights for the sum. They later pitched in another $2 million toward the project’s debt service if SMUSD does not pay off its financing by 2021.
The Sloan family added a half-million-dollar donation. The Barger family kicked in a $250,000 donation. Other donations include $50,000 from the Weiss family, $50,000 from the William Hurt Foundation and $25,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation on behalf of Pat Haden.
SMUSD has committed $2 million of its own money to the project and anticipates it will use $1.5 million in developer’s fees to pay toward debt service.
The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.

Valentine Students Ready to Run at May 4 Jog-a-Thon

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School
Getting ready for Valentine’s Jog-a-Thon are co-chair Colleen McGuinness, Ryan McGuinness, Sam Merryman, Katie McGuinness, Lexi Merryman and co-chair Debbie Merryman.

Valentine Elementary School students will be lacing up their sneakers and participating in the Run Your Hearts Out Jog-a-Thon fundraiser on Thursday, May 4. The annual event is a fun and entertaining way to promote health and fitness. Students run or jog to upbeat music on a temporary track set up on the lower field of the school’s campus. Participants with the most laps per grade level will celebrate with a pizza party.  Jog-a-Thon co-chairs Colleen McGuinness and Debbie Merryman encourage parents to cheer on their young athletes and to support their fundraising efforts.  The proceeds from the Jog-a-Thon support the Valentine PTA and its enrichment programs.

Local Scout Partners With Villa Esperanza Services

Eagle Scout Timothy Wong completed a landscaping project for Villa Esperanza at two of its group homes.

Timothy Wong of Boy Scout Troop 359 completed a garden and landscaping volunteer project for Villa Esperanza Services’ Adult Residential Program as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project supports adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in Villa Esperanza’s group homes.
Wong installed drought-resistant plants at two Villa group homes after months of careful planning. “I had to figure out what to do, where to do it, find volunteers to help me, fundraise enough money to meet my needs, and plan a date and time to do my project,” Wong said.
Wong’s project has brought color and variety to the front lawns of the Wagner and Wynn homes, where residents can contribute to the care of their new plants, and incorporate fresh tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli into their meal preparation.

Volunteers interested in supporting Villa’s programs may contact volunteer coordinator Katherine Evans at

Carver Girl Scouts Help ‘Feed Your Neighbor’

Photo courtesy Carver Elementary Girl Scouts
Carver’s Elementary School Girl Scout troops have teamed up to participate in Feed Your Neighbor Service Month. After getting great feedback from girls in the Greater Los Angeles area to do a council-wide service project to fight hunger, the Feed Your Neighbor Service Month Patch Program was launched. The program encourages both community service and service learning. It is being conducted during a time of year when food bank pantries become depleted, and will help the local food banks fill the pantries when giving may not necessarily be on everyone’s mind.

Hang Ten at Carver Carnival

Photo illustration courtesy Carver Elementary School
Carver Carnival Surfer Kids getting ready to ride some waves include (front row, from left) Emmitt Guerrero, Audrey Hail, Stuart Lin, Toby Tung, Justin Hsiang, Brennan Wong, Emily Chan, Howard Ma, Keira Shen, Emily Cheung, Wade Guerrero and Benjamin Tseng. Middle row: Avery Tseng, Piper Tseng, Joshua Lin, Justin Lin, Kenneth Chen, Lucy Wendling, Layla Chen, Bradley Wong, Allison Lin, Mason Chou, Caroline Barberie, Kelsey Lin and Alyssa Lim. Back: Megan Choa, Sophie Lin, Chloe Lang, Piper Summers, Olivia Hail, Karen McGovern, Nathan Yarahmadi, Jack Fuerst, Andrew Campana, Harrison Summers, Samantha Chou, Sarah Chou, Nathan Chan, Keeton Chen, Richard Ma and Kailey Woo.

Carver’s Carnival is coming to town on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It will feature game booths, the Mega Island Obstacle Course bouncer/slide and a talent show. Dining options include Wolfgang Puck and the Go Fusion ’N Grill food truck, as well as a variety of treats: Paradise Drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, churros, and boba and Starbucks coffee drinks. All proceeds from the carnival will help support Carver PTA’s enrichment programs, which include art, music, science, library and technology programs. Visit for more information.