San Marino Shines at Mt. SAC Meet of Champions

Photo courtesy Casey Holcomb
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ swimming team won the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions banner with 585 points, which was more than enough to defeat second-place La Verne Damien (545 points). The squad includes (from left) head coach Casey Holcomb, Patrick Tulaphorn, Kyle Wong, Preston Wong, Taylor Hughes, Darren Wong, Jeff Chan, Tristan Lin, Kyle Day, John Van and Kevin Chen. Not pictured: Adrian Huang, Maxwell Lin and Kurtis Tsai.

The San Marino High School varsity swim teams have dominated their Rio Hondo League opponents this season, and the Titans proved their stellar performances are no fluke with a remarkable showing at the Mt. San Antonio College Meet of Champions in Walnut last weekend.
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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 Parents Run in ‘Stride’

A group of Carver Elementary School parents gathered recently at Stride, a treadmill running studio in Pasadena, and collectively burned more than 7,500 calories in a 55-minute high intensity interval running/walking class. After the class, each participant received a special “Carver Rocks!” workout towel and smoothie generously donated by Robeks Juice, while Stride raffled off T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Photos courtesy Carver Elementary School
Annie Chui (front row, from left), Nicolett Fuerst, Jennifer Park, Cathy Newton and Jameela Gabriel. Back: Brenda Ho, Alice Chen, Michelle Kwok, Amy Morris, Una Battaglia, Tieu-My Nguyen and Gloria Hou.

There was a special Carver connection — Stride was founded by Katie Ownbey, who grew up in San Marino and is a Carver alumna, and Misa Dugally, whose two daughters attended Carver. The event was one of several buy-in parties offered in conjunction with Carver’s recent parent party; 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carver’s PTA. Stride is located at 905 Granite Drive.

Girl Scouts Make ‘Whatchamacallits’ at SWAPS Workshop

San Marino Girl Scout Troop 15121 Cadettes hosted a SWAPS-making workshop at the Hill-Harbison House recently. More than 50 San Marino Girl Scouts from various troops were in attendance. The Scouts enjoyed teaching and learning how to make the traditional Girl Scout craft called SWAPS, which means “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” Girl Scout SWAPS are made to be traded later with other troops at various Girl Scout events.

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