Burroughs Volleyball Hosts 1st Athletic Event in 12 Months

Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader
Burroughs outside hitter Heidi Collins (6) gets ready to attempt a kill during Thursday’s game against Glendale High. Teammates Sadie Lomet, Janessa Wareebor, Meghan Lynch (9) and Abby Dixon (16) look on.

It took a makeshift court on a football field and a rain delay scare before the game started, but it was worth it in the end for the John Burroughs High School girls’ volleyball team. Burroughs swept Glendale High School on Thursday in what marked the first official high school sporting event Burroughs hosted on its own campus since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic almost exactly one year ago.
Though Burroughs (3-0 record) took all three sets convincingly, both schools thought the biggest victory was simply the ability to still compete, even in such abnormal conditions.
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On Changing One’s Habits, and a School’s Mascot

Photos by David Laurell
Memorial Field, which is usually a hotbed of activity fueled by New Year’s resolutions during the beginning of January, is now a quiet place.

From the window of my home office, I have a great view of Memorial Field on the campus of John Burroughs High School. For the past 26 years, that view has always given my wife and me a good laugh during the first two weeks of January. That amusement stemmed from the front-row seat we have had to a slice of the human condition.
Beginning on Jan. 1 of each year, to manifest on the resolutions they made the night before, Burbankers would make the track and field on the Burroughs campus one of the most popular places in the city. From the break of dawn on the year’s first day on into the evening, the track became a human traffic jam composed of runners, joggers, fast walkers and sashayers. On the field, even more people claimed a spot to do situps, pushups and all sorts of other forms of calisthenics.

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Despite Pandemic, Burroughs VMA Makes Its Production Sing

“The way things used to be.”

“Back in the day.”

“The good ol’ days.”

Throughout our lives we have become accustomed to hearing those phrases uttered by our parents, grandparents and anyone else who has lived long enough to recall a time when things — for better or worse — were different.
Today, those phrases are as prevalent as ever, though they are now uttered by young people as often as they are by those who have more days behind them than in front of them.
Just last year at this time, teenagers were going to school and participating in all of the traditional extracurricular activities. That came to a sudden halt this past March, when schools shuttered their campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“By the time the pandemic hit we had completed our big shows, and as we got to the end of the year we weren’t really sure what would be happening when the new school year began,” said Brendan Jennings, who heads up the music program at John Burroughs High School. “So when school began this year, realizing things would be very different, we had to figure out how we would move forward. We had to especially figure out how we would handle our live performances, which the students love, have been extremely popular with audiences and have served as a vital method of fundraising for our program.”

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Burroughs Student Body President Wants to See Mascot Changed

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The John Burroughs High School Associated Student Body is gathering information on whether to change the school mascot.

During her freshman year, Nadaly Jones recalled the then-Associated Student Body president was “gung-ho” about discussing the possibility of changing the John Burroughs High School mascot, the Indian. She has since taken that mantle and is determined to accomplish what her predecessors could not.
“I want to change it,” Jones said. “It’s about time. I had teachers last year who were also trying to change it. I wanted to get the ball rolling again.”
Jones has done just that as ASB representatives, and after much deliberation, recently voted in favor of continuing the discussion by presenting the issue to the student body.
“The first night was interesting, but it was also hard because it was online,” Jones said. “A lot of people were iffy speaking up to it, but we did have really good discussions and brought up both sides of the topic.”

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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.