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 Mountain Views News Saturday, March 17, 2012 

LaSalle’s Amelia Garrison IS Gold Key and American Visions 
Nominee - 12 Other Lancers Honored for Art Photo and story by John Blackstock


 Amelia Garrison has been 
named as one of the top student 
artists in Los Angeles County in the 
Los Angeles Region Scholastic Art 
and Writing Award Competition. She 
was selected as one of the five Gold 
Key winners and American Vision 
nominees from Los Angeles County for 
her “Laundry Relationships,” a work of 
photography. (See photo below.)

 To be named an American 
Vision nominee, a panel of judges 
selected her work as the “Best of 
Show” in her category for the 2012 Los 
Angeles Regional Scholastic Art and 
Writing Awards. Amelia’s work will 
automatically advance to the national 
competition in New York.

 “I couldn’t believe my eyes when 
I opened the email and saw that my 
name was the first one. I am just one 
of five people in LA County to receive 
this honor,” said the 17-year-old La 
Salle senior. 

 Her work, “Laundry 
Relationships,” shows three girls in a 
coin-operated laundromat, where an 
older teenager is folding clothes while 
two younger girls sit huddled together 
looking at a lacy shirt, readying 
themselves for the day when they 
can wear such a grown-up piece of 

 Amelia caught the photography 
bug when she was in sixth grade and 
took a photography class at Amory for 
the Arts. By the time she was in eighth 
grade, she got her Nikon and has been 
taking photographs ever since.

 In addition to taking AP 
Photography, Amelia has been a 
familiar actor in numerous La Salle 
theater productions, including 
“Fiddler on the Roof” and “Twelfth 
Night.” She competed last October 
in the Drama Teachers Association 
of Southern California’s Fall Festival. 
She also plays tenor saxophone in Jazz 
Band, Pep Band and Advanced Band.

 “My involvement in all the arts 
has helped me develop an eye for seeing 
things differently,” she said, noting that 
her love for the arts was first nutured at 
the Waldorf School in Altadena, where 
she attended prior to La Salle. “I have 
learned to think out of the box and look 
at the world differently.”

 La Salle AP Art and AP 
Photography teacher, Ellen Slatkin, had 
assigned students to create a work that 
captured a slice of America.

 “No one pays attention to 
laundromats or the people inside,” 
said Amelia, who estimated she shot 
75 images on her Nikon DSLR camera 
before she had the photograph she 
wanted. She used color enhancement 
and photo shop to make the image 
edgier and to highlight the LA feeling 
of the palm trees outside the dreary 
coin-operated laundry.

 “If I push them, they grow,” Ms. 
Slatkin said. “I expect them to reach 
down deep and they do.”

 Twelve other La Salle art 
students won regional Scholastic Art 
Awards, including Gold Key winners 
Katrina Dela Cruz for her still life 
painting, “Fruit and Shoes;” Stephanie 
Delazeri for her animated short film, 
“Ballmation;” Jessica Gardner for 
her painting, “untitled;” Shannon 
McCauley for her painting “Sky,” and 
Sheyda Pejoumand for her painting, “A 
Serious Man.”

 All of the regional Gold Key 
winners are being considered for 
national-level recognition. The Gold 
Key winners will be notified if they 
advance to the national competition on 
March 15.

 In addition, Miles 
Brenninkmeijer won a Silver Key award 
for “Ripples,” a work of photography, 
and Elizabeth Hoffman won a Silver 
Key for her painting, “Cupcakes.”

 La Salle students receiving 
honorable mention awards include: 
Amara Blades, Tamara Chacon, Katrina 
Dela Cruz, Stephanie Delazeri, Andrew 
Linaac, Kelly Mercade, and Miranda 

 You can see the students work 
for yourself at the Scholastic Art Award 
exhibit at the Armory for the Arts in 
Pasadena, which will be held from 
May 19 through June 10. The gallery 
hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 
noon until 5:00pm. The Scholastic Art 
Award ceremony and closing reception 
for the exhibit is Sunday, June 10, at the 
Armory at 2:00pm. 

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 626-798-8989


LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 


Mama Pete’s Nursery School

71 Suffolk Avenue, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9567


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, 


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: Gilbert Barraza, Jr.


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 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

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

Phone: (626) 396-5890 - Fax: (626) 355-0388 

Principal: Esther Salinas

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Phone: (626) 396-5910 - Fax: (626) 836-2964

 Principal: Garrett Newsom

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

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:

Back row, from left, Sheyda Pejamand, Tamara Chacon, Amara Blades, Amelia Garrison, Ellie Hoffman, Miranda Stein 
and Miles Brenninkmeijer. Front row, seated from left, Stephanie Delazeri, Kelly Mercade, Mrs. Ellen Slatkin, Katrina De 
la Cruz, Jessica Gardner and Shannon McCauley.

My Masterpieces invites PUSD first grade students and 
their families to visit the Huntington Library, Art Collections, 
and Botanical Gardens free of charge on three upcoming 
Saturdays: March 24, April 21, and May 19. Admission 
flyers must be presented at the Huntington's admission 
desk. To get a flyer, contact Jennifer Olson at the Pasadena 
Educational Foundation, 626-396-3600 x88372. 


Donate a prom dress! PUSD's Families in Transition office 
is accepting donations of gift cards and new or gently 
used formal dresses for teen girls in need to attend prom 
this spring. Gift cards should be of no more than $20 from 
stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, DSW, JC Penney, Ross, 
Claire's, etc. The annual prom dress project is co-sponsored 
with the Salvation Army. For questions, to volunteer, or to 
make a donation, visit the Families in Transition office at 
PUSD, 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena or call 626.396.3600 
ext. 88250. Donations accepted through March 23. English 
and Spanish


Congratulations to the Pasadena High School boys basketball 
team for reaching the semifinals of the 2012 Southern 
California CIF Division III State Championship tournament. 
Although the Bulldogs lost a close game on Tuesday 
night, they played a spirited game and had a great 


Check out the new Friday Communiqué page, which contains 
weekly memos and reports from district officials to 
the Board of Education. Posted Friday afternoons at friday.


After months of meetings and community input, the PUSD 
Districting Task Force has developed a consensus map to 
create sub-regional districts to elect future school board 
members. Before it is completed and presented to the PUSD 
Board on March 27, the Task Force invites stakeholders to 
participate in its completion at the following meetings: 

March 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian 
Church, 1757 N. Lake, Pasadena

See the consensus map and demographic information here. 
For more information, visit www.districting-task-force. or send an email to pusdtaskforce@gmail.
com or call 323-349-0661, ext. 18. Facebook: PUSD Taskforce 
and Twitter: @pusdtaskforce.

 Don Bosco Technical Institute 
will host a mathematics 
competition open to all 
seventh and eighth grade 
students on Saturday, March 
31. The 40th annual event 
will challenge students’ creativity 
and innovative skills 
in problem solving, offering 
prizes for highest individual 
and school team scores. 

During the competition, a 
workshop will be provided 
for middle school teachers, 
examining each problem 
used on the test, to facilitate 
classroom discussion of 
the concepts. The workshop 
will be led by instructional 
expert and textbook author 
Michael Hattar, a longtime 
Bosco Tech math teacher. 

“The competition exposes 
middle-school students 
to math problems that are 
original and creative,” says 
Bosco Tech’s Math Department 
Chairman Terence 
deSousa. “As a STEM-based 
(Science, Technology, Engineering 
and Math) school, 
Bosco Tech supports advanced 
mathematics in the 
fields of the sciences and 
engineering. The competition 
encourages students to 
explore mathematics and related 

The competition begins at 8 
a.m. The cost is $3 per person. 
Contact Terence deSousa 
at (626) 940-2123 or 
for more information. Online 
registration and sample 
tests with solutions are available 
on the school’s website, The 
deadline for registration is 
March 25.

Bosco Tech is the only all-
male Catholic high school 
in the state that uniquely 
integrates college-preparatory 
curriculum with a 
comprehensive, four-year, 
project-based science and 
technology program. The 
academic curriculum allows 
students to meet university 
admission requirements 
while completing extensive 
integrated coursework in 
one of five technology and 
engineering-related fields: 
Architecture and Construction 
Engineering; Computer 
Science and Electrical Engineering; 
Integrated Design, 
Engineering and Art; Materials 
Science, Engineering 
and Technology; and Media 
Arts and Technology. For 
further information about 
Bosco Tech, please call (626) 
940-2000 or visit www.




Looking Into The Life Of A Teenager

 By Meaghan Allen


 We have all heard the myth of St. Patrick. The man who 
lead the snakes out of Ireland. He is celebrated each year 
for this feat and has a Saint’s day that is celebrated with 
flocks of green, four-leafed clovers, and for those above the 
age of 21, vast quantities of beer. But what is this infamous 
man’s true story?

 Born around 385 in Scotland to Roman parents, he was 
captured as a young lad and taken to Ireland, where he was 
made a slave and forced to herd sheep in a pagan-ridden 
land. He escaped Ireland at around the age of twenty, 
but returned when he had a dream of the Irish people 
beckoning him back to them. He then entered the church 
and studied to become a priest. He arrived in Ireland on 
March 25, 433 and brought the Gospel to the people. He 
traveled Ireland for 40 years, converting the people into 
Christians, and died on March 17, 461. 

 His story is much like other saints - he lived the word 
of god and spread his word. But he is so popular because 
he was so beloved and so important in creating the culture 
of Ireland.

 Why the shamrock? St. Patrick used the shamrock to 
explain the Holy Trinity to the people in his lessons and 

 So, on this festive holiday, 
remember the essence of the man and 
the greatness that he did. I also wish 
a Happy Birthday to my fellow friends 
who share March 17 as our birthdays. 
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all, and 
may the luck o’ the Irish be with ye!