Three Falcons Earn All-CIF Honors

San Diego State-bound pitcher Dee Dee Hernandez earned a spot on the All-CIF Division 1 first team after helping the Falcons clinch a fourth consecutive Pacific League title.

The Crescenta Valley High School athletics department had successful campaigns in a spring season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the CIF Southern Section took notice by including three of the school’s standout athletes in its annual All-CIF lists.

Dee Dee Hernandez, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in the area, capped her high school softball career with an All-CIF Division 1 first team selection after helping the Falcons claim a fourth consecutive Pacific League championship. The Falcons finished 16-5 on the season and shut out Simi Valley Royal, 5-0, in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Murrieta Mesa, 1-0.

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Crescenta Valley High School Graduation 2021

Brendon Pehar, Sebastian Deleon, Shant Kevorkian, Nicole Cazian, Anthony Kabadayan, Evan Aceytuno, Luca Cuneo and Brandon Hwang

More than 600 Crescenta Valley High School students graduated on the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium’s field in a morning ceremony on Friday, June 11. CVHS senior class of 2021 officers Andrew Alan Kim, Chloe Ataya, Sebastian DeLeon and Brendon Pehar participated in the ceremony, while classmates Angela Ter-Vardanyan and Shant Kevorkian each delivered a senior address.
Principal Linda Junge presented the Class of 2021, GUSD Superintendent Vivian Ekchian recognized the class, and Nayiri Nahabedian and Gregory Krikorian helped present diplomas.

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Barnett Leads CV’s Strong Performance

Photo courtesy Vivian Suarez
Crescenta Valley’s Mia Barnett (right), pictured with San Gabriel Valley standouts Ellaney Matarese of La Cañada and Audrey Suarez of Mayfield Senior, was named one of the Arcadia Invitational’s athletes of the meet after winning the 3200-meter event. Barnett, who signed a letter of intent with the University of Virginia, posted a winning time of 10:01.18.

The Crescenta Valley High School track team continues to impress this season with its athletes shining at two different meets last weekend.

The biggest victory came from none other than senior Mia Barnett, who won the 3200 at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. The Virginia-bound standout finished in 10 minutes, 1.18 seconds and was named one of the top two athletes of the meet, the other being Newbury Park’s Colin Sahlman.

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Clark Magnet, CVHS Lead GUSD in Ranking

Glendale Unified School District’s four high schools were each ranked among the nation’s top high schools in the annual U.S. News and World Report evaluations.
Leading the way was Clark Magnet High School, which was named as the No. 510 high school nationally, followed by Crescenta Valley High School (No. 1,097 nationwide), Hoover High School (No. 3,949) and Glendale High School (No. 4,840). U.S. News evaluated GUSD’s schools alongside 17,857 in total this year, placing all of GUSD’s primary high schools within the 72nd percentile of the nation.
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Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Hobbs Leaving for Torrance Memorial

Keith Hobbs

After joining his hometown hospital five years ago to engineer a financial and performance turnaround, Keith Hobbs will depart USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in March after accepting the top job at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Hobbs announced his decision to hospital staff last week, and named current Chief Medical Officer Dr. Armand Dorian as the interim CEO. In an interview this week, Hobbs — who grew up in La Crescenta and graduated from Crescenta Valley High School — agreed the transition was bittersweet in many ways, not least of which because he wasn’t actively looking to leave this job.
“It was a very difficult decision to ultimately decide to leave. It was sort of a perfect opportunity that I wasn’t looking for,” he said. “Ultimately I took an interview and it ended up being the perfect opportunity. That’s what it took for me to be willing to leave something I’m so passionate about and love.”
Hobbs was brought in as the leader of USC-VHH in January 2016, nearly three years after USC acquired the 158-bed institution. Prior to the purchase, the hospital had fallen into a period of financial and operational issues and had had trouble investing in updated facilities. Hobbs brought with him nearly two dozen years of background in administration at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he was in charge of ancillary services, support services and the supply chain for the preceding 14 years.
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Prep Athletes Work Out on Campuses, Raising Spirits

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The Crescenta Valley High School football team is on campus training after the Glendale Unified School District reopened doors to athletes.

Under ordinary circumstances, the Crescenta Valley High School football team would have been either celebrating or lamenting the end of the regular season, which originally was to have concluded on Oct. 30. But in a world with COVID-19, everyday life is anything but ordinary.
“It’s just so bizarre, and I just can’t believe we’re in November,” said Falcons head coach Hudson Gossard. “Is there a chance of a football season? Who knows?”
The California Interscholastic Federation, the state’s governing body for high school athletics, has a schedule in place for fall sports to resume competition in December and January, should public health officials allow it. And if it does, teams in the Glendale Unified School District will certainly be ready.

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GUSD Puts Schools’ COVID-19 Data Online

The Glendale Unified School District unveiled a new dashboard this week to illustrate the level of coronavirus infection among students and staff members involved in the district’s learning pods and athletic conditioning programs.
The dashboard, which is slated for regular updates and can be found online, will include current and cumulative confirmed cases as well as positivity and transmission rates at GUSD school sites. Names and other personal information will not be included, to protect privacy.
“As we continue the careful and deliberate return of our highest-need students for on-campus child care and instruction, we are counting on our students, families, and employees to help us by taking responsible measures to protect our entire Glendale Unified community.” said Superintendent Vivian Ekchian in a prepared statement.
For now, the cumulative and current cases are effectively the same in most situations, given the limited number of students and staff in given areas since the start of the school year.

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Obituary | Paul Garrier

Paul Garrier passed away peacefully on September 19, 2020 at Kindred Hospital in La Mirada, CA.
He was born in Denver, Colorado on September 29, 1938. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Education and went on to acquire a Master’s Degree from USIU in California.
After being offered a teaching position in the Glendale School District, Paul and his wife Joyce moved to Glendale, CA. in 1963. He was a math teacher at both Wilson and Clark Jr. High Schools, before moving on to Crescenta Valley High School. He retired after thirty years as a beloved teacher. He was often in touch with former students whose lives he had influenced.
Paul is survived by his wife Joyce (of 59 years) his daughter Michele Hunstable, her husband John, his daughter Amy Dupas and his grandchildren Veronica, Nathan, Ethan and Madison.
Paul will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Service information & An Interactive Memorial Tribute page for Paul can be found at: Crippenmortuary.com.

Local Student Honored by Chick-fil-A

Melissa Minassian

Melissa Minassian, who graduated from Crescenta Valley High School three months ago, was recently honored by Chick-fil-A of Pasadena with the restaurant’s Community Student Award.
Minassian, who is currently attending Glendale Community College, was awarded $250 for books and supplies during her freshman year of college as well as a catered Chick-fil-A meal for 10 people.
“Melissa has not only displayed outstanding academic achievements, but she also embodies the aptitude of a servant heart,” said Adaobi Gwacham, owner of the Chick-fil-A Pasadena location. “I believe she will be an exemplary leader of the future and it is a privilege to honor her.”

CAP Offers Scholarships to Local Students

The Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals of Assistance League of Flintridge, known as CAP, is offering $2,000 scholarships for a two-year or occupational program to further the education of La Cañada Flintridge area students.
To qualify for the scholarship, the applicants must attend a school in the La Cañada Flintridge area, or Verdugo Hills High School, Crescenta Valley High School, Pasadena City College or Glendale Community College.
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