Officials Vigilant on Health Guidelines for Student-Athletes

As professional leagues manage their seasons amid a pandemic, youth and high school sports teams have remained sidelined due to restrictions from the state and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
County health officials updated their Reopening Protocol for Youth Sports Leagues order last week, allowing players to train outside as long as there is 6 feet of separation among them, appropriate face coverings are worn by everyone and a screening is conducted prior to any activity.
However, no tournaments or any kind of competition are permitted, and contact drills also are prohibited.
Coaches and players are looking for any opportunity to get back on the field for
in-person training but local administrators still cannot give them the green light.
“L.A. County’s reopening protocols are at least a small gesture toward returning to competition for youth sports, by allowing small groups (10 or fewer) to train and practice sport-specific skills in outdoor areas,” Brian James, assistant principal of athletics and activities at Burbank High School, said in an email. “However, participation by public schools is still guided by the L.A. County Office of Education and the local district. To date, we have not received permission from either entity to resume school-level athletic practices.

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Burbank Teen Captures Another Pageant Title

Kate Platten

When 18-year-old Kate Platten heard that she had been named the victor of the Role Model Teen program for the Royal International Miss pageant, she was so overwhelmed with joy that her mind went blank.
“The moment my name got called, I don’t remember anything,” she said in a phone interview. “It was such a state of shock, and I was so excited that my hard work and determination had culminated into my goal.”
The UC Irvine student and 2019 John Burroughs High School alumna had spent months being interviewed, working on community service projects and, of course, strutting across the stage in lavish dresses. So when her efforts led to her win on July 11 in Orlando, Florida, where the final decision came down to her and one of her close friends, she was understandably somewhat overcome.

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Burbank, Burroughs Football Schedules Finalized

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Burroughs and Burbank high schools’ football programs have finished scheduling for the fall season, which is set to begin in January.

After the CIF Southern Section unveiled its revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 academic year, athletic directors and football coaches scrambled to contact their counterparts in other programs to finalize a schedule.
Fortunately for local coaches, the process was relatively seamless as both Burbank High School and John Burroughs High School locked in their opponents for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 8. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the radical departure from traditional sports schedules.
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Hundreds Sign Petition Urging Burroughs High to Change Mascot

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An online petition has more than 1,300 signatures asking Burroughs High School to change its mascot, accusing it of being a racist symbol. Other residents argue that the mascot honors Native Americans and want to keep it.

More than 1,300 people have signed a petition that asks John Burroughs High School to change its mascot, the Indian, arguing that it is a racist and outdated symbol.
The online petition, which says it was authored by some members of Burroughs’ class of 2004, references a long-standing campaign by the National Congress of American Indians, which in 2005 signed a resolution opposing “the use of racist and demeaning ‘Indian’ sports mascots.”
“No one’s culture should be used as a mascot,” the petition reads, “and it’s time to choose something else to represent JBHS and its student population. As Indigenous community members have requested of the school repeatedly, this mascot needs to make an immediate change.”
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Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner – Obituary

Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner

Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner, 78, of Burbank, passed away on April 24, 2020, of natural causes at her home in Burbank.
Funeral services arrangements are by Forest Lawn Hollywood Hill. Memorial service arrangements are pending.
Carolyn was born in Burbank to Lee and Catherine Behymer on September 27, 1941. She attended school in Burbank and graduated from John Burroughs High School.
Carolyn married Peter H. Turner.
She was involved and volunteered with the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Tournament of Roses, Masonic Eastern Star, Red Hat Ladies and the Burbank Police Department.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Peter as well as her mother and father, Lee and Catherine Behymer. There are no current living relatives.