College Decision Day at LCHS

Photo courtesy Sonja Bradley
LCHS seniors celebrated Decision Day last week, showing off their colleges of choice including (front row, from left) Russel Dea, Scott Krugler, Katy Paynter, Tati Safarian, Annette Figueroa, Sarah Sarkissian, Alexi Nazarian and Sabrina Patao. Second row: Zach Ling, Tyler Borland, Seve Rodriguez, Elyse Reed, Emin Baghdassarians, Anisa Patel, Raina Chen, Ella Quinn, Mary Alex Daniels, Nate Rowe, Haley Ragusa, Ari Aghadjanians and Justin Huynh. Third row: Arsen Tujian, Luke Bonham, Andrew Aghadjanians, Jake Stolmack, Lauren Trujillo, Armand Manookian, Andrew Lai, Katherine Lu, Camille Rivett, Camille Grases, Nyree Khachikyan, Lily Cho, Cassandra Bridges and Jessy Sitaramya. Fourth row: Caitlin Aenlle Rocha, Celine Cano Ruiz, Annie Shaverdian, Francesca Sigismundo, Carlin Hardy, Grace Rickert, Vivian Kambe, Darcy Brakeman, Sydney Okland, Meghan Henry, Leeona Jones, Hannah Johnson, Shayna Goldstein, Amanda Laughon, Kylie Smith, Abby Au, Sarah Lam, Charlotte Marston, Tyler Rubendall, Summer Lichtenburg, Reece Damron, Alexa Tarui, Gavin Boyack, Amelia Bergen, Megan Bergen, Ali Navarro, Linus Jones, Kendall Winnaman, Maggie Rouleau, Claire Chapman, Luke Johnson, Lauren O’Brien, Mirena Munich, Taylor Post, Natalie Petrosian, Theo Chamberlain, Sean Brenot, John Monroe, Kayla Eremita, Sam Adida, Alexis Labrinos and Charlotte Strasburg. Fifth row: Connor Thomas, Kyle Yasuda, Stephanie Musso, Avani Johnson, Tomas Tuszynski, Sasha Vilesov, Richard Fierro, David, Chris Motilla, Chaz Zuker, Dane Reeb, Kate Bonham, Jenna Kaufman, Sean Segal, Charlie Reynolds, Zoe Williams, Andrew Gray, Kristina Kurdoghlian and Emma Stroben. Back: Cole Stewart, Jo-z Harb, Jack Rappard, David Bader, Eric Issakhanian, Gabi Yun, Jackson Slater, Daniel McGowin, Gillian Arnold, Kara Bradley, Miles Dunbar, Tyler Jacinto, Robby Smith and Justin Kouyoumdjian.

Service for Spence Will Be Wednesday at LCPC

Dave Spence

A memorial service for local leader Dave Spence will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Spence died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday, May 16. A six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor, he was serving his seventh term as a member of the City Council. He also served a four-year term on the Public Safety Commission.
In lieu of flowers, Spence’s family requests that donations be made to the “La Cañada Presbyterian Church,” or the “City of La Cañada Flintridge.” Funds will be used to support children’s ministry at the church or a memorial at the new City Hall, respectively.
Checks can be sent to: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., LCF, 91011.

Spartans Ousted in 1st Round

The La Cañada High School varsity softball team boasted a talented, patient lineup and smart base running all season, helping the Spartans generate nearly seven runs per contest.

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
LCHS senior Abby Au played her final game last week after the Spartans fell to visiting El Monte Arroyo, 8-5, in the first round of playoffs.

Those attributes disappeared in one inning last Friday after visiting El Monte Arroyo scored five runs in the top of the third, fazing La Cañada en route to an 8-5 victory in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
“They didn’t give up,” said LCHS head coach Chuck Gunter, who is in his second year. “I’ll give them that, but they didn’t play their best. They ran into outs and were guessing at pitches. They turned two double plays, which is pretty much the only other positive thing I can say along with the fact that they didn’t give up.”
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Local Students Win State, National Reflections Program

Maya Purdy, Peter Tran and Charlie Matares were honored in the Reflections competition.

Three elementary school students from La Cañada Unified School District placed first in the state of California for their Reflections Arts entries, and two received awards at the National PTA level. The theme was “What Is Your Story?”
Charlie Matarese from La Cañada Elementary School and Maya Purdy from Palm Crest Elementary School, who first met each other at St. George’s Preschool, won third place at the national level. Matarese submitted a film titled “This Is My Story in Time,” which was a Lego stop-motion movie about a boy who builds a time machine and goes back to the dinosaur age. He brings the dinosaur to the future and learns he is friendly before he returns him.
Purdy submitted a musical composition she wrote and sang titled “My Story,” which is a song about how important her family is to her. Her lyrics emphasized how they support her in both good and bad times.
Peter Tran won first in the state for literature in the Special Artist division for his essay titled “Don’t Be Afraid.”
Since 1969, the Reflections Program has encouraged millions of students from throughout California and across the nation to create works of art. At PTA schools in California, 46,327 students participated in this year’s program. The Reflections Program provides a venue for students to create and be recognized for original works of art based on a student inspired pre-selected theme. It also serves to increase community awareness of how important arts is in education. There are six arts categories: literature, visual art, photography, film, dance and music composition.