Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez, La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association
Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez,
La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

The Tournament of Roses on Monday announced its chosen seven members of the 2018 Royal Court from 37 contending finalists, pulling three young Pasadena women into the time-honored Rose fold.
As a frenzied crowd of family, friends and classmates whooped up their support, Alexandra Artura from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Isabella Marez from La Salle High School; and Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School, carefully descended the tiered staircase of the historic Tournament house. The wide-eyed girls were part laughing, part crying. Continue reading “Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court”

PUSD Community Beats Heat to Achieve Musical Excellence

The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook.

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK Leo Sanchez, Samantha Romero, Ivan Tovalin, Christian Robles and Mali Rodriguez of Pasadena High School play the last song after a full day rehearsing.
Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK
Leo Sanchez, Samantha Romero, Ivan Tovalin, Christian Robles and Mali Rodriguez of Pasadena High School play the last song after a full day rehearsing.

Although the first week of school has just begun, Pasadena Unified School District high school bands have already been bearing the summer heat during band camp at Marshall Fundamental, John Muir and Pasadena High schools, gearing up for the football and marching band competition seasons.
Band camp is a long-standing tradition in PUSD, but new leaders at Marshall and PHS are hoping to ramp up the somewhat dated music programs. Corey Whitt of Marshall and Bill Benson of PHS as well as veteran director Philip Topping of Muir will lead their school bands in the new school year.
With an East Coast and Midwest background, Whitt’s move to Pasadena has been a challenge, but one that he has taken on readily.
“The biggest difference between the bands back East and here is the size,” said Whitt, a Harvard graduate. “Here, we have many smaller bands, as opposed to a few large bands.”
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An Evening With an MIT Scientist

Mary Hines (from left), Cameron Hardy, Colleen Gold, JoAnne Stubbe, Kiera Smith, Cannon Nielsen and Sean Miller

Pasadena High School chemistry teacher Mary Hines and five of her AP chemistry students were recently invited to attend the annual Robbins Lecture Series at Pomona College in Claremont.
Dinner in the Edwards Ballroom was followed by a lecture in the Seaver North Laboratory by JoAnne Stubbe, Novartis professor of chemistry and professor of biology at MIT, who spoke about “Ribonucleotide Reductases: Radical Enzymes With Suicidal Tendencies.”
Stubbe was the first woman professor to earn tenure in the MIT chemistry department. She was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2008.