Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 runners-up after falling to No. 1 seed Quartz Hill in three sets. The young, talented Panthers include (from left) Ella Mao, Ella Kenny, Kate Salembier, Maggie Jameson, Julia Queen, Deborah Hong, Olive O’Beirne, Kayla Chu, Laila Ward, Lauren Kidman and head coach Katrina Damasco. Not pictured: Zoey Mao and Alex Pappachan.
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The Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 runners-up after falling to No. 1 seed Quartz Hill in three sets. The young, talented Panthers include (from left) Ella Mao, Ella Kenny, Kate Salembier, Maggie Jameson, Julia Queen, Deborah Hong, Olive O’Beirne, Kayla Chu, Laila Ward, Lauren Kidman and head coach Katrina Damasco. Not pictured: Zoey Mao and Alex Pappachan.

A young Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team made a surprising run in the postseason, knocking down the No. 2 and 3 seeds on its way to the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship match in seven years.
The Panthers fought toe-to-toe with No. 1-seeded Quartz Hill of Lancaster, showing the host squad how it reached the title match, but a hardened Rebels squad came through with big plays to defeat Poly in three sets, 30-28, 25-23, 25-16, last Saturday. Continue reading “Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship”

Poly Senior Walks the Walk, and More, to Fight Diabetes

Photo courtesy Meghan Stimmler Taylor Stimmler (far right) rallied friends to join her last year at the JDRF L.A.’s One Walk to help raise money for Type 1 diabetes research. Her team, the Injectibles, includes (front) Martha Gluck and Shaya Naimi. Back: Cameron Carey and Jack Deschenes.
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Taylor Stimmler (far right) rallied friends to join her last year at the JDRF L.A.’s One Walk to help raise money for Type 1 diabetes research. Her team, the Injectibles, includes (front) Martha Gluck and Shaya Naimi. Back: Cameron Carey and Jack Deschenes.

Taylor Stimmler wasn’t born with a superpower, but she embraces the one she has now.
“People point to a dish and I can tell them exactly how many carbs are in it,” joked Stimmler, 18, who just three short years ago was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at her pediatrician’s office.
It’s typical off-the-cuff humor for Stimmler, the lead volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Los Angeles chapter’s Youth Ambassador Program. Apart from organizing family-centered events intended to spread awareness of T1D, provide mentorship to young children and raise funds for research of the disease, Stimmler has created her own community online through group chats with young children of all ages, lending a listening ear, giving encouragement and suggestions or just sharing some “diabetic humor.” Continue reading “Poly Senior Walks the Walk, and More, to Fight Diabetes”

Prep, Poly, Westridge Ranked Among Top County High Schools

A trio of Pasadena-area high schools scored in the top five among private schools in Los Angeles County, while eight San Gabriel Valley campuses were ranked among the top 20 Catholic schools by the review website Niche.com.
Out of the 2019 top private high schools in the county, Flintridge Prep of La Cañada Flintridge won the No. 2 spot, Polytechnic School came in at No. 3, and Westridge School garnered No. 5. By comparison, under the 2018 ranking for all of Southern California, Polytechnic ranked fourth, Flint­ridge Prep fifth and Westridge seventh.


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Poly’s Friday Night Lights to be Held on May 4

Photo courtesy Poly Parents preparing for Polytechnic School’s Friday Night Lights include (front row, from left) Lori MacPherson, Lyn Salembier and Eileen Williamson. Back: Leslie Clayton, Denise Mathews, Kim D’Amico and Meghan Stimmler.
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Parents preparing for Polytechnic School’s Friday Night Lights include (front row, from left) Lori MacPherson, Lyn Salembier and Eileen Williamson. Back: Leslie Clayton, Denise Mathews, Kim D’Amico and Meghan Stimmler.

Polytechnic School’s Panther Club will host its annual Friday Night Lights events on Friday, May 4.
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