Matuska Earns Champions for Character Award

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LCHS senior Solenn Matuska is the fourth Spartan to be honored with the CIF Southern Section Champions for Character Award.

For the fourth consecutive year, a La Cañada High School student-athlete is among those given the CIF Southern Section Champions for Character Award.
Solenn Matuska joins fellow Spartans Seve Rodriguez, Alexi Nazarian and Genevieve Fraipont in receiving the prestigious award.
Athletes, coaches administrators, officials, athletic trainers and media members who demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character — trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship — will be honored at a dinner at The Grand in Long Beach on Monday, Sept. 24.
“It’s not just about excelling in your sport,” said LCHS Assistant Principal of Athletics and Discipline Kristina Kalb, who is 4-for-4 in nominating local athletes for the award. “It’s about being the best person you can be and demonstrating that to others in all that you do. Students involved in Champions for Character are performing well in the classroom, in athletic competition and doing more.
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LCHS Sports Medicine Students Earn National Acclaim

Members of La Cañada High School’s national sports medicine team include (front row, from left) Trevor Lee, Paris Papac, Solenn Matuska, Sophia Vaze, Rajvi Kumar, Emily Truong and Melody Wu. Back: Nathan Boulanger, Samuel Seo, James Yim, Brandon Buck, Matthew Bromley, Noah Hirshon, Sophia Barber and Allison Mueller.

La Cañada High School sports medicine student Allison Mueller claimed first place in the National Sports Medicine Competition, and the LCHS Sports Medicine team emerged as champions of the Jaybird and Mais division at the American Academic Competition Institute National High School Sports Medicine Competition. Among all school divisions nationwide, LCHS placed fourth.
More than 3,500 sports medicine students representing more than 300 high schools in California, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Florida and Washington participated. The focus topic for this year’s competition was the knee, though the examination consisted of 300 questions on subjects such as first aid, CPR, emergency procedures, kinesiology and physiology.
A group of 15 LCHS sports medicine students were selected to compete in the seventh annual national competition based on scores in a regional competition held in April at Cal State Northridge.
Those 15 students took a national examination online in mid-May, and five members of the LCHS team scored in the top 10 in their division, qualifying for the practical examination, which occurred at St. Francis High School and conducted via Skype.
On June 1, Mueller emerged from the practical with the top score in the Jaybird and Mais division, which includes medium-sized schools with between 1,000 and 1,999 students.
“The competition was especially grueling this year as the online test was scheduled for the day after AP exams and the practical was held the day after LCHS final exams,” wrote sports medicine coach Kim Crosby in an email. “The students were juggling a lot. Despite this, there was a great energy among the five girls who qualified for the practical exam as they practiced their hands-on skills prior to their tests.”
Students in the top 25 in the division are awarded “All American” status, including LCHS’s Mueller; Paris Papac and Sophia Barber (who tied for fourth place); Solenn Matuska (ninth); Emily Truong (11th) and Sonia Vaze (21st.)

LCHS Sports Medicine Shines at Regional Competition

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The La Cañada High School Sports Medicine team that finished third at the AACI Regional Sports Medicine Competition at Cal State Northridge includes (front row, from left) Emily Truong, Rajvi Kumar, Melody Wu and James Yim. Middle row: Samuel Seo, Robbie Louk, Eleni Kamar, Solenn Matuska, Erica Oh, Matthew Bromley, Lea Patao, Paris Papac, Lily Bagheri and Sonia Vaze. Back: Nathan Boulanger, Brandon Buck, Trevor Lee, Sophia Barber, Allison Mueller, Maddie Torres, Noah Hirshon, Alyssa Busta, Alyssa DeLuccia and Salma Hamza.

Twenty-four La Cañada High School Sports Medicine students put their spring break on hold to compete in the 17th annual AACI Regional Sports Medicine Competition at Cal State Northridge on March 24.
The students, led by teacher Kim Crosby, emerged with a third-place team trophy in the Large School Division, after competing against more than 600 students from high schools in California, Washington, Kansas and Texas.
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