FSHA Holds Special ‘Time Capsule College Parade’

Flintridge Sacred Heart’s seniors had a twist added to the school’s traditional car decorating and Time Capsule Picnic events when the Alumnae Association helped host a Time Capsule College Parade in the social distancing era of COVID-19. Students showed their college spirit by decorating their cars, and they also received their alumnae gift bag, graduation dress, cap and gown during a parade of automobiles which ran between FSHA’s two parking lots. The celebration was “a great collaboration of many of the departments at the school, including Alumnae Relations, Facilities and Security, and High School Administration,” said Carmella Grahn, FSHA’s director of Advancement and Planning, who teamed with Breeana Koemans, the director of Alumnae Relations & Special Events.
“We wanted to celebrate the seniors,” said Grahn, noting that students were required to stay in their decorated cars while school personnel put each girls’ pick-up items in the auto’s trunk. “There were a lot of tears of joy, laughing…just an outpouring of emotions. It was really special; there was a lot of love. The students didn’t want to leave.”
FSHA President Sister Carolyn McCormack and Principal Sister Celeste Botello were joined by approximately 50 other school employees and teachers to honor the graduating seniors. There were also surprise appearances by first responders from the local Fire Department and Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s station.

FSHA Teen Wins Coveted Place on Rose Court

Emilie Risha, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, was named to the 2020 Tournament of Roses Royal Court this week.
Photo courtesy Rachel Russell / Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Emilie Risha, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, was named to the 2020 Tournament of Roses Royal Court this week.

Homegrown in La Cañada Flintridge, Emilie Risha bloomed before elated locals this week as she was named to the Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court, earning distinction as one of seven young women who will serve as ambassadors of the storied organization.
A senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Risha credited growing up in LCF as an important step in her journey to being chosen for the Rose Court honor.
The 17-year-old LCF resident went to the local public elementary and middle school before attending FSHA as a high schooler.
“I think being in La Cañada and the Sacred Heart community has really helped uplift me, and the faculty members are so devoted to students at both schools — in La Cañada and Sacred Heart — that I just feel so supported and loved and raised up in my respective communities,” Risha said. Continue reading “FSHA Teen Wins Coveted Place on Rose Court”

Equestrian Show Jumper Clears Significant Hurdle

Sloan Elmassian
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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduate Sloan Elmassian, an LCF resident who gained recognition as a student athlete from her university, is shown riding her horse Centurion.

Sloan Elmassian, a 2017 graduate of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy who grew up in La Cañada Flintridge, is redefining the notion of the student athlete at the University of San Diego while remaining passionate to educate others about equestrian events such as show jumping, in which she specializes.
Elmassian is a professional equestrian who was able to get the university to revise its policy to include members of her sport — and others who qualify — as student athletes if they are able to produce a letter from a training federation recognized by the Olympics to qualify for that famed athletic competition. Continue reading “Equestrian Show Jumper Clears Significant Hurdle”

Four Softball Players Considered For All-State

Vivian Wheeler
Polytechnic’s Vivian Wheeler is nominated for All-State honors.

Softball athletes from Polytechnic, Maranatha High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Westridge were among those nominated by Cal-Hi Sports for All-State honors.
Cal-Hi Sports, an online publication that covers major high school athletics in California, recognizes athletes by releasing an All-State list at the end of the season. Continue reading “Four Softball Players Considered For All-State”

Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors

Ryan Graves
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Ryan Graves, who was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, made the All-CIF Division 3 first team.

Baseball, softball and boys’ volleyball players from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were recognized by the CIF Southern Section as it released the All-League lists last Friday.
Two members of the LCHS varsity baseball team were among those listed by CIF. Senior ace Ryan Graves, who will be playing at San Jose State in the fall, and standout Connor Buchanan, who committed to USC, made the All-CIF-SS Division 3 first-team.
Graves, the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, finished the season with an 8-3 record and an earned run average of 1.89. He struck out 64 hitters in 70 1/3 innings of work and was just as good in the batter’s box, hitting .424 and driving in 16 runs.
Buchanan was a leader on the mound and on offense. He posted an ERA of 0.76 and fanned 60 batters in 46 1/3 innings. He won three games and recorded five saves for the Spartans. Buchanan also hit .299, scored a team-high 33 runs, 24 RBI and belted eight home runs. Continue reading “Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors”