Titans Remain Perfect in League, Off to Best Start in 12 Years

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Hanna Wang has been a standout setter for San Marino this season.

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit and edged defending Rio Hondo League champion La Cañada in five sets, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-7, at the LCHS Hotchkin Family Gymnasium last Thursday.
With the win, the Titans (15-5 overall record) took sole possession of first place with a perfect 4-0 record in the Rio Hondo League standings.
“I would attribute it to their work ethic,” said SMHS head coach Joseph Rios. “As far as attendance goes, this is the best attendance I’ve had at practice. These girls are showing up and doing the work. Also, I think it’s just chemistry. Things are a lot better with the girls and they’re a lot friendlier. They stay positive.”
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San Marino Scores Big Win Over League Rival

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The Titans defeated Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada last week and won the First Serve Tennis Tournament on Saturday. The winning squad includes head coach Melwin Pereira (front row, from left) Camdyn Wu, Rakel Ang, Katie Kirkendall and Kayla Chen. Middle: Anna Moller, Alyssa Luff and Elaine Wu. Back: Caitlin Mguyen and Grace Carter.

With only one player who consistently plays tournaments and is ranked in her age group, San Marino varsity girls’ tennis coach Melwin Pereira was unsure if his team could compete with the Rio Hondo League this season.
“Just look at La Cañada,” Pereira said. “They have two freshmen who are four stars. You can’t compare this season. I don’t have those players. My freshmen don’t play in tournaments and are unranked.”
The team’s chemistry and resiliency made up for its lack of experience last Thursday as San Marino defeated Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada on the road, 11-7.
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Portantino’s Bill on Start of School Day Is Vetoed by Governor

A bid to help students statewide get a bit more sleep and do better in class was derailed when state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s bill requiring high school and middle schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 was vetoed recently.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued his veto of Senate Bill 328 and explained his decision.
“This bill would prohibit middle and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 in the morning, unless in a rural area,” Brown wrote. “This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards. Several schools have already moved to later start times. Others prefer beginning the school day earlier. These are the types of decisions best handled in the local community.”
The bill would have taken effect sometime between January 2019 and July 2021.
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National Merit Semifinalists Win Honors, Could Gain Even More

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School seniors who recently became National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists include Kevin Mo (front row, from left), Kyle Lee, Jared Cheng, Harrison Cho, Andrew Kwon and Justin Hyon. Back: Ryan Choi, Amanda Laus, Diya Razdan, Jared Ahn, Veronica Muller and Andrew Chae.
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La Cañada High School seniors who recently became National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists include Kevin Mo (front row, from left), Kyle Lee, Jared Cheng, Harrison Cho, Andrew Kwon and Justin Hyon. Back: Ryan Choi, Amanda Laus, Diya Razdan, Jared Ahn, Veronica Muller and Andrew Chae.

The 12 La Cañada High School seniors named semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program recently had some tasty treats — think small cartons of orange juice, blueberry muffins and Smarties — to recognize their talents. But they could be in line for a greater award.
Students who were honored recently included Jared Ahn, Andrew Chae, Jared Cheng, Harrison Cho, Ryan Choi, Justin Hyon, Andrew Kwon, Amanda Laus, Kyle Lee, Kevin Mo, Veronica Muller and Diya Razdan.
They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, or less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, according to an announcement from National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists, who include the highest-scoring entrants in each state, took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the release. Those who later become finalists would be eligible for scholarships through the program and other sources.
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May 7/8 Athletes Skip P.E.? LCUSD Studies Issue

Whether LCHS 7/8 students in competitive sports should be granted their request to be excused from physical education because of injuries or other health concerns was an issue taken up by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board this week.
How to offer an independent study education course to support such student athletes — if that’s even possible — was a related question at the board’s meeting on Tuesday night.
The amount of time the athlete trains, the athlete’s objective (to reach the Olympics, play in college, etc.) and participation in three sports all figured into questions asked at the meeting.
“We can at least start a conversation,” said board President Kaitzer Puglia.
There is no alternative to a physical education class and excusing students from P.E. does not comply with the California Education Code, according to the meeting’s agenda report.
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Local Insurance Agent Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Fraud

A licensed insurance agent and his wife, both La Cañada Flintridge residents, were recently arrested in connection with a $1 million insurance fraud, authorities said.
Peter Muh Kim, 39, and his wife, Jin Kyung Kim, 35, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three felony counts each of insurance fraud and three felony counts each of grand theft, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Peter Muh Kim pleaded not guilty on Wednesday at an arraignment and bail was set at $350,000, said Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokesman Paul Eakins. Kim’s wife was expected to be arraigned in L.A. today, Sept. 27, Eakins said.
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Friedman Vows to Seek Sound Wall Funding Options for LCF

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Members of the La Cañada Flintridge City Council and staff members listen to state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman speak at a special meeting.
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Members of the La Cañada Flintridge City Council and staff members listen to state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman speak at a special meeting.

State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman visited with city officials at a special meeting on Monday, pledging to seek different funding options for sound walls on the 210 Freeway, and also discussing potential state legislation that could affect La Cañada Flintridge.
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LCUSD Elementary Schools Star in Ranking of County’s Schools

The La Cañada Unified School District long has enjoyed a solid reputation for academics, and now a review website has ranked the system’s elementary schools among the best in Los Angeles County.
Palm Crest Elementary School ranked No. 2, La Cañada Elementary School was No. 3 and Paradise Canyon Elementary landed at No. 4 among public schools in the county, according to Niche.com.
No. 1 was Carver Elementary School in San Marino.
Last year, Palm Crest ranked No. 4, with La Cañada at No. 5 and Paradise Canyon finishing at No. 9.
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Prep, Poly, Westridge Ranked Among Top County High Schools

A trio of Pasadena-area high schools scored in the top five among private schools in Los Angeles County, while eight San Gabriel Valley campuses were ranked among the top 20 Catholic schools by the review website Niche.com.
Out of the 2019 top private high schools in the county, Flintridge Prep of La Cañada Flintridge won the No. 2 spot, Polytechnic School came in at No. 3, and Westridge School garnered No. 5. By comparison, under the 2018 ranking for all of Southern California, Polytechnic ranked fourth, Flint­ridge Prep fifth and Westridge seventh.


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Ideal Youth’s Working Concept: Training Teens in Job Skills

Photo courtesy Ideal Youth Ideal Youth students sit in on one of their many job-training sessions, meant to prepare them for the workforce.
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Ideal Youth students sit in on one of their many job-training sessions, meant to prepare them for the workforce.

Teenagers out hitting the pavement for their first job are often faced with the same conundrum: no experience, no job.
It’s an uphill battle, and one that students from lower-income families feel twofold — they desperately need extra income to offset personal expenses, yet they don’t have the connections with local business owners to help them clear the hurdle to clinch that first experience.
Ideal Youth set out to rectify that head-scratcher a decade ago, and the nonprofit organization has since tapped into a fountain of formidable youth for local hiring, serving nearly 4,500 students.
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