Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Accolades

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La Cañada’s Tess Oakley-Stilson (white jersey) was named the Rio Hondo League MVP and earned a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A second team.

The CIF Southern Section released its remaining All-CIF winter selections on Monday, recognizing the best basketball and soccer players in each division. Athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were among those listed.
The lone Spartan to be honored was senior Tess Oakley-Stilson, who made the All-CIF Division 2A second team in girls’ basketball. Oakley-Stilson, who was also named the Rio Hondo League’s Most Valuable Player, was a consistent performer for La Cañada and averaged 14 points, five rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. The senior guard stepped up in the postseason, scoring 25 points in the Spartans’ win over La Verne Bonita and 19 points in a second-round loss at Newbury Park.
Oakley-Stilson helped La Cañada finish its season with a 23-5 record, including a perfect 10-0 record in Rio Hondo League play to bring home the program’s third straight league crown.
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Local Students Receive DAR Honor

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DAR Good Citizen chair Lynne Thompson (left) and Chapter Regent Caroline Craven (right) presented five local students with the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award. Honored were Dalia Saklaway, Clark Magnet High School; Sophia Corbisiero, Flintridge Prep; Daniel Kim, Crescenta Valley High School; Leah Nagel, La Cañada High School; and Margaret “Maggie” Maguire, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Members of the Don José Verdugo Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored local students during a luncheon meeting held recently at Oakmont Country Club and presented them with the Society’s prestigious Good Citizen Award.
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CSF Scholarship Applications Open Now

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge is now accepting 2018 scholarship applications. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling local students to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Full-time students who attend a public or private school located within the city of La Cañada Flintridge, as well as Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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FSHA Students Awarded Grants for Research Program

Photo courtesy FSHAAmelia Andrews, Genevieve Spiotto, Michelle Liu, Cate Doud, Ellis DeJardin, Darcy Michero, Claire Villegas and Lauren Risha
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Amelia Andrews, Genevieve Spiotto, Michelle Liu, Cate Doud, Ellis DeJardin, Darcy Michero, Claire Villegas and Lauren Risha

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy students in honors scientific research (aka SciSearch) have been awarded three Archer STEM Research Grants, a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls. Grant recipients include Amelia Andrews, Ellis DeJardin, Cate Doud, Michelle Liu, Darcy Michero, Lauren Risha, Genevieve Spiotto and Claire Villegas.
More than $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of FSHA’s students who submitted proposals received funding, for a total of $5,500.
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Church Leaders, Educators Discuss Youth Challenges

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Among those who attended a recent summit of church and educational leaders are (front row, from left) Wendy Sinnette, Kip Glazer, Rosemary Johnston, D.J. Severin, Tanya Wilson, Sister Celeste Botello, Allison Clay, Father Christopher Iwancio, Will Moffitt, Lucinda Guarino and the Rev. Chuck Osburn. Back: Connie Knight, Peter Bachmann, Ian McFeat, Katie Phillips-Rector, David Gill, Jim Cartnal, the Rev. Anthony Keller, Rick Callister, Kyle Sears, Andrew Shaw, Eddie Mariel, the Rev. Msgr. Antonio Cacciapuoti and the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer.

Church leaders in La Cañada Flintridge recently invited educational leaders to lunch at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. The purpose was to better understand the challenges facing today’s youth and to identify some ways the local churches can be more helpful to students and their families.
Principals, headmasters, counselors and disciplinarians shared many of the most acute and many of the most pervasive challenges their students are facing in their learning experience. The collective wisdom of these educational leaders proved valuable to church leaders and will help them reshape their efforts with young people and their families going forward.
Representatives from La Cañada Unified School District, St. Francis High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Flintridge Preparatory School and the Community Prevention Council had unique perspectives and shared some common challenges — stress, anxiety and depression were common, as were various destructive coping mechanisms (substance abuse, technology and social media abuse, and self-isolation).
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