GCC’s Role in Sprinter’s Olympic Feat

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

It was quite the summer for Hanna Barakat. Despite not participating in the past two track and field seasons at Brown University, the 22-year-old sprinter managed to compete alongside the world’s best athletes on the biggest stage in all of sports.
Barakat, who graduated from Flintridge Preparatory School in 2017 and often trained at Glendale Community College, represented Palestine in the Tokyo Olympics during the summer, fulfilling a dream she’s had since she was a child.
“That was always a goal of mine,” Barakat said. “Growing up, the Olympics was always the bar in my household.”
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Les Tupper Awards Honor Volunteers

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After a months-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council held its 52nd annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards ceremony to honor individuals and organizations for their volunteer work.
The ceremony was held at Flintridge Preparatory School and the guest speaker for the evening was local resident Chris Erskine, a nationally known humor columnist and author.
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After 40 Years, Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Opens New Chapter

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Flintridge Preparatory School Headmaster Peter Bachmann has dedicated his life’s career at the private school, first becoming a history teacher 40 years ago and then becoming headmaster in 1991. On July 1, Bachmann will step down from that role and Jim Pickett will become the new head of school.

During his 40-year career at Flintridge Preparatory School, Headmaster Peter Bachmann has always been one to look forward, envisioning a future and cementing the mission for a student-centered, nationally recognized private school located on 7.5 bucolic acres near Pasadena.

So it’s a rare thing for Bachmann, who’s retiring from his role as headmaster on July 1, to reflect heavily on his past achievements, admitting only to recently feeling “expectedly nostalgic” as he wrapped up a lifelong career committed to rigorous youth academics and human development.
And though he has steered the prestigious school through countless changes since getting hired in 1980 and rising to become headmaster in 1991, this year’s coronavirus pandemic may have been the biggest quagmire in all that time, shutting down in-person education at an institution whose success was built on the connectivity of communication and interpersonal relationships there.
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Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites

Three local private high schools have again tipped the grade scales among Los Angeles County’s best private schools, according to the neighborhood research website Niche.com, which uses parent and student reviews, public test scores and college data to compile its annual rankings.
According to Niche’s compilation of the “2020 Best Private High Schools” in the county, Flintridge Prep ranked No. 2, Polytechnic School No. 3 and Westridge No. 5, reclaiming the same spots they had in last year’s ratings. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites”

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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