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 Mountain Views News Saturday, September 15, 2012 


Ninety-two will serve as officers in the Alverno Student Union 


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:

Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

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 


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: 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 website:

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:

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:

Pasadena Unified School District

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

(626) 795-6981 Website:

Back Row: (l to r) Emily Tree, Stephanie Hardin, Gabrielle Prado, Kale Kearns, Emily Carter. Front Row: Madison Mennie, 
Sebby Gomez and Isabel Diaz.

 On September 14, 2012, ninety-two Alverno High School students 
took the Oath of Office during Alverno’s annual Inauguration on 
the terrace. 

Modeled after the government of the United States, Alverno 
High School boasts a unique system of government that allows 
for more than 50 percent of students to be involved. Rather than 
the traditional “Associated Student Body” model, Alverno High 
School’s government is overseen by the Alverno Constitution and 
students are considered citizens of the Alverno Student Union. The 
Alverno Student Union includes the federal, legislative, and judicial 
branches as well as individual state governments.

At the federal level are the President and Vice-President, 
Alexandra Overstreet and Lindsay Fisher, who were elected as a 
ticket at Alverno’s annual Convention in April. The federal level is 
completed with a presidential cabinet, which includes positions like 
Secretary of Activities, Secretary of Campus Ministry, Secretary of 
Performing Arts, and many more. Including President Overstreet 
and Vice-President Fisher, twenty-one sophomores, juniors, and 
seniors make up the federal level of the Alverno Student Union. 

The legislative branch is composed of the Alverno Congress, which 
includes three representatives from each class, or state as they are 
known at Alverno. Congress drafts, passes, and approves bills and 
resolutions that affect the entire student body on a wide spectrum 
of policies. A judicial branch includes two Supreme Court justices 
from each state and a Chief Justice. The Supreme Court must agree 
a bill is constitutional before it may go into effect. 

Finally, each state has its own Constitution as well as the following 
positions: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, 
Sergeant At Arms, and nine assemblywomen. These young women 
are responsible for making decisions specific to their own state. 

“I believe that Alverno gives each and every one of its students the 
resources that we need to live to our highest potential during our 
four years here and the ones that come after,” said ASU President 
Alexandra Overstreet. “ASU is working hard to make this a great 
year for Alverno and together with Vice-President Fisher and our 
cabinet I know we are not only making changes for the present 
but for future years as well. ASU and I are completely dedicated to 
Alverno and I hope that we can empower other students to become 
involved in our community.”

“Our unique student government program is a perfect example 
of the monumental role our young women play in our school 
community. Each of the young women elected has made not only 
a commitment to Alverno, but a commitment to her peers to be an 
effective, compassionate, and servant leader. These values are basic 
tenets of the Alverno philosophy and our leadership program is 
just one of the ways Alverno empowers each young woman to be 
exactly the person she wants to be.”

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory 
school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function 
in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the 
requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about 
complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart 
Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of 
its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, 
social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students 
in light of the world for which the students are being educated. 
Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly 
the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered 
more than 4,100 women to meet that goal. For more information 
about Alverno High School, please call 626-355-3463 or visit www. 


Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host a college fair, free to all high school students 
and their parents, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s Tech Hall.

The fair will feature representatives from more than 70 universities and colleges including UC Berkeley, 
Brown University and Columbia University.

“We’re gathering representatives from top schools to provide students and their families the ability 
to compare academic programs,” said Mayra Fernandez, Bosco Tech’s college advisor. “This is an opportunity 
for the young people in our community, not just our own students, to begin charting the 
course of their college path.”

The event is free of charge and parking will be provided. For more information, call (626) 940-2000. 
Bosco Tech is located at 1151 San Gabriel Boulevard in Rosemead.

Bosco Tech is the only all-male Catholic high school in the state that uniquely integrates a college-
preparatory curriculum with a comprehensive, four-year, project-based science and technology program. 
The academic curriculum allows students to exceed 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. 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


 While it is certainly not one of the 
scariest horror movies I have ever seen, The 
Possession is a good movie. The concept and 
story are solid, while the acting is so bad, you 
find yourself laughing at what was meant to 
be a serious, if not scary, moment. Yet I found 
it oddly enjoyable.

 The 'ordeal' begins with an old woman 
staring at a box, which is speaking to her. 
She reached for something to destroy it and 
attempts to crush the box, but a strange force 
throws her around the room. Next, we see a 
divorced father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) picking 
up his two daughters (Madison Davenport, 
Natasha Calis) from his ex-wife's house 
(Kyra Sedgwick). On the way, they pass a 
house having a yard sale (the same one that 
the old woman lives in). The father, wanting 
to make his daughters happy, buys the 
younger one a box (the same one from the 
beginning).He takes them to his new house, 
which is beautiful, but the older daughter is 
not ready to move on. Over the next 29 days, 
the younger daughter's condition deteriorates 
as the spirit takes more of her soul. The 
daughter wants to help, the mother is suspicious, 
and the demon grows stronger. 

 Other than the concept and story, everything 
else is decent: the acting, directing, 
screenplay, and their attempts to scare you. 
It will not go down as one of the best horror 
movies, it will not be the worst.

Ben Show is local Monrovian going into the eighth grade. He loves to read, write, and watch 
movies. He can be reached at