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They didn’t camp out in 
tents, but they did “camp in” at 
Whittier College in comfortable 
dorms, just like college students. 
That was the situation for 
thirteen local middle-school 
girls who spent the end of June at 
Tech Trek Math /Science Camp. 
The thirteen girls had been 
selected by the Arcadia Branch 
of the American Association of 
University Women (AAUW) 
to attend Tech Trek Camp, a 
summer program for eighth-
grade girls sponsored by 
AAUW-California. The goal of 
Tech Trek Camp is to help young 
women entering eighth grade 
in the fall to develop interest, 
excitement, and self-confidence 
in the fields of math, science, 
and technology. 

Representing Arcadia 
were Stephanie Yen from Dana 
Middle School, as well as Natalie 

Service, El Monte Education Center, Lexus Pursuit of Potential 

Chen and Stella Cho from 
First Avenue Middle School. El Monte City School District was (Toyota), and Soroptimists of Altadena-Pasadena. 
represented by Alicia Bueno and Bethany Hernandez, Durfee 

Tech Trek had its beginnings at Stanford University in 1998, 

School; Toni Gonzalez, Gidley School; Lizet Castillo and Dayanne 

with initial funding from the AAUW Educational Foundation. This 

Jimenez, Portrero School; Haily Torres, Rio Hondo School; 

year there were ten camps: CSU-Fresno, Sonoma State University, 

Chabelli Garcia, Wright School; and Madeline Peralta, Columbia 
School. Monrovia’s Santa Fe School sent Lily Pierce, and Oak Stanford University (two weeks), UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, UC-San 

Diego, UC-Santa Barbara (two weeks), and Whittier College. Tech 

Avenue Intermediate School, Temple City, sent Charlie Dodge. 

Trek is continuing proof that AAUW puts its mission—to support 
equity and education for all women and girls—into action. 

These young women got a preview of college life while 
learning that math and science can be fun. They lived in dorms 

To support programs like Tech Trek or to learn more about 

on the Whittier College campus for the entire week. They attended 

the American Association of University Women, please contact 

classes taught by credentialed middle-school teachers in which 

Tech Trek Coordinator Phyllis Howard at (626) 359-3525. 

hands-on experiments were emphasized and enjoyed. Women 
professionals in the fields of math, science, and technology were 

Photo Caption for “Local Girls Camped In at Whittier College”

guest presenters. Highlighting the activities were field trips to Jet 
Propulsion Lab, forensics labs, water reclamation plants, and other 

 This summer, Arcadia AAUW sent 13 local middle-school girls to 

related science and technology centers. AAUW volunteers served 

Tech Trek Math/Science Camp on the Whittier College campus. 

as camp directors, nurses, and chaperones. 

First row (seated l-r) Stephanie Yen, Natalie Chen, and Stella 
Cho, Arcadia; Charlie Dodge, Temple City. Back row (standing 

Each year students are nominated by teachers to attend the 

l-r) Bethany Hernandez, Toni Gonzalez, Lizet Castillo, Dayanne 

science, math, and technology camp. The local branch of AAUW 

Jimenez, Haily Torres, Chabelli Garcia, and Madeline Peralta, all 

that provides the funding for the students to attend makes the final 
selection of “campers.” The AAUW-Arcadia Branch supported from El Monte City Schools. Looking on with pleasure is Tech 

Trek Coordinator Mrs. Phyllis Howard. 

this endeavor, along with contributions from community donors. 
Major donors were the Arcadia Chinese Association, Hakka 

Not pictured: Alicia Bueno, El Monte; and Lily Pierce, Monrovia. 

Foundation, El Monte City School District Student Support 

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Two local high school students have returned home 

medalists from the NAACP national (ACT-SO) Afro-

Academic Cultural, Technical, and Scientific Olympics 

in Orlando, Florida. 

Lily Paris, a student at Monrovia High 

School, won a Silver Medal in photography. Naomi 

Berhane, who attends Flintridge Prep School, scored 

a Bronze Medal in mathematics at the competition 

held in conjunction with the 104th NAACP Annual 


Paris, a Duarte resident, and Berhane, along 

with five other students, including three from Duarte 

High School, advanced to the national competition 
after winning Gold Medals in the local Pasadena NAACP ACT-SO competition hosted by the City of Duarte in April. They are: Ariana 
Seymore, Chino Hills High School; Tamera Barron, Duarte High School; Tylen Kelly, Duarte High School; Tyree McLemore, Bonanza 
High School, NV, formerly of Duarte; and William Glover, Duarte High School.

ACT-SO, founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, is an enrichment program designed to recruit, 
stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement. The program targets African-American high school students. 
There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts.

Duarte Teen Center Director, Marilyn Mays served as chair of the Pasadena NAACP’s ACT-SO competition. Duarte Deputy City 
Manager, Karen Herrera, Duarte Public Safety Crime Prevention Specialist, Aida Torres and former Duarte Mayor, Lois Gaston served 
as co-chairs. 

The ACT-SO program is intended to be a learning experience. The focus is on enrichment and mentorship. Students work with 
ACT-SO volunteer mentors who are professionals in their field who serve as coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence 
among underserved youth. High school students who self-identify as African American, are citizens of the United States, enrolled in 
grades 9-12, and are amateurs in the categories of competition are invited to participate. 

Famous ACT-SO alumni in the performing arts include John Singleton, Kanye West, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Roy Hargrove, Michael 
Bard, and Anthony Anderson. Submitted by Mary Barrow 

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MONROVIA, CA – Directors Chris Takami and Joe Vance of Disney Mobile Games will be guest speakers at an exclusive Mt. SierraCollege campus event on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 6 to 8pm. Students, alumni and administrators will get first-hand exposure to 
life as an art director at Disney. Takami and Vance will cover topics ranging from necessary industry skills, networking, and portfolio 
preparation to knowing and excelling the competition. The speakers will also provide valuable information and forecasting of mobile 
game development and the interactive media industry. 

Disney Mobile, a division of Disney Interactive and a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, designs mobile applications, content and 
service. Launched September 22, 2011, Where’s My Water?, a Disney Mobile Game, starring Swampy the alligator, rivaled Angry Birds 
even becoming the top mobile game on the iTunes’ bestseller charts for a short time. 
Where’s My Mickey? is one of the latest Disney Mobile Game productions. The game introduces a brand new world of life-like gameplay 
with stimulating weather and humorous animations. Gamers watch funny episodes while solving challenging puzzles. 
The August 15th event is a product of Mt. Sierra College’s long-standing relationship with Disney. In recent years, Mt. Sierra College 
Career Services has assisted Visual Effects and Digital Video, Graphic Design, and Games Arts students with employment at Disney 
through interviewing techniques, portfolio and resume preparation. 
Mt. Sierra College bachelor’s degree programs prepare graduates with practical, industry-driven, hands-on skills and knowledge to 
succeed in a rapidly changing global marketplace. Student can complete their degrees in 4 years with seasonal starts in Fall, Winter, 
Spring and Summer. Above, Joe Vance with the “Art Team” of Where’s My Mickey?”

Alverno High School200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 
E-mail address: 
Arcadia High School180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent 
Arroyo Pacific Academy41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 
(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil ClarkeE-mail address: 
Barnhart School 
240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Ethan WilliamsonKindergarten - 8th gradewebsite: 
Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3527 Principal: James LugenbuehlE-mail address: jml@bcslions.orgwebsite: www. 
Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91775Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 
E-mail: jhawes@clairbourn.orgFoothill Oaks Academy822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010(626) 301-9809Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane 
The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patanowebsite: 
High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 
Headmaster John Higgins626-798-8989 
LaSalle High School3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: www.lasallehs.orgPrincipal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC 
Monrovia High School325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 
(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin JacksonEmail: 
Odyssey Charter School725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001 
(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neillwebsite: 
Pasadena High School2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 798-8901 Principal: Gilbert Barrazawebsite: 
St. Rita Catholic School 
322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024Principal Joan Harabedian(626) 355-9028 website: 
Sierra Madre Elementary School141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther SalinasE-mail address: 
Sierra Madre Middle School 
160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett NewsomE-mail address: 
Walden School 
74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 
Weizmann Day School1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 797-0204Lisa Feldman: Head of School 
Wilson Middle School 
300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth EsselnE-mail address: 
351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109(626) 795-6981 Website: 
234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
(626) 821-8300 Website: 
325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016 
(626) 471-2000 Website: 
1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 
(626)599-5000 Website: 
THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show 
While not having seen many 
Guillermo del Toro movies prior to 
this one, I really didn’t know what to 
expect. People had told me that his 
films are very artistic and that he has a 
very recognizable style. Yet the trailers 
made ‘Pacific Rim’ just look like any 
other summer blockbuster. However, 
it is nothing like the mindless action 
sequences that are the cliche summer 
movie. It is much, much more than 

In the near future, humanity 
is threatened by evil aliens that enter 
our world through a portal deep in 
the Pacific Ocean. We soon learn 

that these creatures are coming more frequently... and becoming 
stronger. The Jaeger program, which uses giant robots to kill the 
beasts, is in the midst of being shut down as humanity turns to a 
“safer” option: building a large wall to seal off the beasts. However, 
when the wall get broken through and a major city is attacked, the 
world turns to the dying Jaeger program to save them from the 
never-ending onslaught of giant aliens.

What first appears as a story-less mash of CGI turned out 
to be an artistic take on the crazy world of Kaiju beasts. ‘Pacific 
Rim’ hooks you with its unique look and keeps you interested 
with its multi-layered story. This movie takes beauty, combines it 
with amazingly shot action sequences, and gives you the perfect 
movie. ‘Pacific Rim’ is definitely a must see and has made me a big 
del Toro fan.