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 Mountain Views News Saturday, May 22, 2010



Track season for St. Rita 
School in Sierra Madre 
closed with a bang at the 
Catholic Youth Organization 
(CYO) Archdiocesan 
Championships for the Los 
Angeles region. Thirty-one 
Raiders in grades 4-8 survived 
the Regionals and Prelims 
to make the Finals. Only 
the top eight athletes from 
approximately 75 schools 
earned the trip to Serra High 
School in Gardena for each 
event in the four divisions. 

The Raiders walked away with 
first, second, third and fourth 
place finishes as the majority 
of the athletes put up their 
best marks of the season. 
The B Girls were led by sixth 
grader Sarah Troescher’s 30 
points including all-time 
CYO records in the 200m, 
400m and the long jump. 
Fifth grader Natalie O’Brien’s 
victories in the 800m and 1200m accounted 
for another 20 points in the team’s record 
total of 92 points. In all, 11 different Raiders 
scored to earn the 60th CYO Track title in the 
schools history. It also kept the streak of 23 
straight years of at least one championship 

The B Boys finished fourth, just 2 points out 
of third. Fifth grader Sean Espinosa’s 1200m 
victory and sixth grader Tyler Rix’s second 
in the shot put led the team.

The Varsity Girls grabbed a second 
place trophy on the back of incredible 
performances by eighth grader Michelle 
Basham. After taking first in school record 
time in the 1600, Michelle came from 
third to first in the final 50m of the 800 to 
complete the difficult double victory. She 
then anchored the 4X400 team to a fourth 
place finish to complete the night. 

The Varsity Boys amassed four school 
records in the most difficult competition of 
the evening as they fought to a third place 
finish. The 4X100 team of Landry Assinesi, 
Conor Williams, Grant Gonzalez and 
Stephen Krause shaved over a second from 
the school record to begin the night before 
Alex Cargal obliterated the school’s 400m 
record. William Hurtado followed that with 
a record in the 800m. This set the stage for 
what was without a doubt, the most exciting 
race in St. Rita history.

Grant Gonzalez took the first circuit with 
baton in the final event of the evening as St. 
Rita battled a powerful St. Benedict 4X400m 
team. He passed to William Hurtado as the 
eight team race developed into a three-
team battle. Holy Family slowly dropped off 
as Hurtado chased the St. Benedict team. 
Stephen Krause grabbed the baton about 
20 meters behind the Bruins but quickly 
chewed up the distance with a blistering 
leg. He gave the baton to Alex Cargal right 
on the Bruin’s heels. Cargal refused to give 
any ground as the runners hit the home 
stretch. Each of Cargal’s strides cut inches 
off the lead as the entire crowd stood up 
with only a few meters to go, Alex pushed 
past the leader and cut to the inside lane, 
blocking the competition and insuring the 
dramatic victory. The time sheets showed 
that each Raider runner had turned in the 
best leg of their career and the effort took 
eight seconds off the school record and six 
seconds off the CYO record.

That race epitomized the entire season for 
the tracksters as they showed the grit and 
determination that led them to overall point 
victories in every meet this year, extending 
their unbeaten streak to 22 years. The 
meet also showed the competition that the 
Raiders will be tough to deal with for years 
to come, as so many fourth through sixth 
graders scored points in these finals.

 This 2010 Championship meet celebrates 
38 years of service for Head Coach Randy 
Davies, who believes that developing 
student athletes is one of the most important 
aspects in developing successful students. 
St. Rita athletic programs complement the 
rigorous academic curriculum, and prepare 
young people for so many of life’s hurdles 
and victories in the years ahead.

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel 
Mountains, St. Rita School in Sierra Madre 
offers a faith-filled and nurturing Catholic 
education from Kindergarten through 
eighth grade. Celebrating 88 years of 
academic excellence, the school stresses the 
development of the individual’s abilities and 
character within the framework of Catholic-
Christian values and personal integrity. St. 
Rita School, with 300 students and fourteen 
classrooms, is WASC accredited. For more 
information, visit 
or call 626-355-6114.

Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: David L. Vannasdall

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Joanne Testa Cross

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

Carden of the Foothills School

429 Wildrose Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016 626/358-9414 
626/358-5164 fax

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road

Pasadena, Ca. 91107



LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 Principal: Patrick Bonacci


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, email:

Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 798-0759 Principal: Dr. Vanessa Watkins 

E-mail address:

Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Dr. Derick Evans


Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave. Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 website:

St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9028 Principal: Joanne Harabedian


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Gayle Bluemel


Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Gayle Bluemel

Contact person: Garrett Newsom, Asst. Principal

E-mail address:

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981


La Salle’s Allie 
Forillo Breaks 
Two Strikeout 

 Photo by John Blackstock

 On Thursday May 6, La Salle senior Allie 
Forillo broke the 10-year-old single season 
strikeout record of 248 Ks held by Caty 
Beaston, a 2000 La Salle graduate. Allie 
entered the game Thursday against St. 
Bernard’s High School with 240 Ks and struck 
out nine straight to break the record. She 
ended up with 13 strikeouts for the day and 
a new single season record of 252 strikeouts. 
Allie also broke Kathleen Salvo's ('04) career 
strikeout record of 566 on April 15. 

Does the New Arizona Law 
Hurt More Than Help?

Editors note: Trish Collins is a High School Junuor that has been 
contributing to the Mountain Views News opinions from a teens 
perspective for more than three years.

 The new Arizona Immigration Law has stirred up quite a lot 
of buzz at my high school. We have a considerable number of 
Hispanic-Americans who attend, which branches off to having a 
considerable number of opinions on the subject. 

 Some are for it. Some are not.

 Most are not—and they have good reason. Being a minority 
in America is a struggle within itself. It’s never been easy for us 
and, as an African-American female, I can say that I’ve witnessed 
quite a few acts of injustice from those with authority. Many of 
us have, which is probably why so many are against the Arizona 
Immigration Law: more unjust acts are likely to occur…legally.

 “Basically, if you’re Mexican and you don’t have any papers on 
you, the police can harass you and send you back to Mexico! That’s 
not right!” said one Hispanic teenager, enraged with the recent 
legislation. She has a point. No papers? The police officially have 
an excuse to harass and racial profile any Latino they choose 
legally, in the state of Arizona, of course. Something about that is 
unsettling, even unconstitutional. 

 At least President Obama seems to agree. He spoke at a rally 
in Iowa: “You can imagine if you are an Hispanic American in 
Arizona, your great-grandparents may have been there before 
Arizona was even a state, but now suddenly if you don’t have your 
papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re gonna 
be harassed.” Is this what we’ve come to? Seems to me like we’re 
taking one step forward and two steps back. 

Pasadena Unified School District 
Schools To Host Annual 

Open House Events 

The events showcase student projects and work, 
and families can meet teachers and other school 
personnel. Open houses present opportunities for 
current and prospective students and families to tour 
PUSD campuses and begin building connections that 
are important for academic success. 

Thursday, June 3 

Don Benito Fundamental School

Field Elementary School

Sierra Madre School 

Philip Ciulla III of Altadena graduates from Saint 
Michael’s College Nobel Laureate in Economics Amartya 
Sen warns graduates of dangers in unregulated markets

Ashley Hinton 
of Sierra Madre 
graduates from Rice 

 Ashley Hinton of Sierra Madre, CA, 
graduated May 15 from Rice University.

Hinton received a Bachelor of Arts in 
Architecture and Visual and Dramatic Arts.

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder 
of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and author 
of the best-seller "Banker to the Poor: Micro-
Lending and the Battle Against World 
Poverty," delivered the commencement 

Rice University President David Leebron 
congratulated the graduates with a 
handshake as they walked across the stage.

This year Rice awarded 1,582 degrees, 
including 797 undergraduate and 
undergraduate professional degrees and 785 
graduate degrees (master's and Ph.D.).

The Class of 2010 is the 97th graduating class 
in Rice's history.

Located in Houston, Rice University is 
consistently ranked one of America's best 
teaching and research universities. Rice will 
celebrate its centennial year in 2012.

 On the web: http://readme.readmedia.

 Philip Ciulla III, son of Philip Ciulla 
and Frances Mills Ciulla of Altadena, 
earned a Bachelor of Science in Business 
Administration and Economics, from 
Saint Michael's College, May 13, 2010, 
in ceremonies held on the campus of 
the liberal arts residential Catholic 
college located in the Burlington area of 

The graduates, wearing environmentally 
"green" commencement gowns, heard an 
address by Economics Nobel Laureate 
Amartya Sen of Harvard at the college's 
103rd commencement. But before the 
renowned economist spoke, Jamie 
Gorton, class-selected senior speaker 
and summa cum laude graduate, gave an 
over-the-top Star Wars-themed speech, 
and then went even more over the top 
by proposing marriage from the dais 
before 3,000+ people to his girlfriend 
Rachel Roy, seated amongst the rest of 
the graduates.

 Commencement speaker, Amartya 
Sen, advised Saint Michael's graduates 
that a market economy can reap disaster 
when unregulated. Thomas W. Lamont 
University Professor, and Professor of 
Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard 
University and until recently the Master 
of Trinity College, Cambridge, Dr. 
Sen was the first Indian academic to 
head an Oxbridge college. His works 
have profoundly changed the way we 
understand major aspects of economics, 
philosophy and the social sciences. He 
is in fact a transformative thinker of the 
21st century.

"A well functioning market economy 
can, of course, make a huge contribution 
to the growth of incomes and living 
standards. And yet, in the absence of 
sensible regulations, the market can also 
yield a complete disaster," Professor Sen 
said. "What we have to work for now is 
to seek an appropriate combination of 
activities of the market and of the state."

Learn What Matters at Saint Michael's 
College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal 
arts college, . Saint 
Michael's provides education with a 
social conscience, producing graduates 
with the intellectual tools to lead 
successful, purposeful lives that will 
contribute to peace and justice in our 
world. Founded in 1904 by the Society 
of St. Edmund and headed by President 
John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael's 
College is located three miles from 
Burlington, Vermont, one of America's 
top college towns. It is identified by the 
Princeton Review as one of the nation's 
Best 371 Colleges, and will be included 
in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. 
Saint Michael's is one of only 270 
colleges and universities nationwide, 
one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a 
Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael's 
has 1,900 undergraduate students, 
some 500 graduate students and 100 
international students. Saint Michael's 
students and professors have received 
Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, 
Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other 
grants. The college is one of the nation's 
Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in 
the 2009 U.S. News & World Report 

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