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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 2, 2015 



Pasadena, CA – La Salle High School announced today that Michael Lynch has accepted the position of boys varsity basketball coach 
for the Lancers. La Salle’s Principal, Brother Christopher Brady, FSC said, “Mr. Lynch brings his exceptional coaching ability and his 
extensive basketball background to La Salle and we are very excited about the future of Lancer Basketball. He will be a wonderful 
addition to our community.” 


Lynch has been the Head Basketball Coach at Price High School in Los Angeles since 1996 where he has recorded a 511-105 record 
in 19 seasons. His teams made 12 CIF Finals appearances coming away with 10 CIF Championship trophies while setting the CIF 
consecutive Championship win streak at eight. Price has won six state titles, eight regional titles, 10 division titles, and 11 league titles. 
Under Lynch’s leadership, Price is only one of two schools to ever win four consecutive boys state titles. 

Lynch has done more than just win games. He has sent 29 student-athletes to college on athletic scholarships, 19 of which to Division 
I universities and another dozen to Division II and NAIA Universities. He was the Athletic Director for the Knights from 2004 to 2006 
and is the current AD having been appointed in 2013. 

Lynch, the five-time CIF Coach of the Year, and the CIF State Coach of the Year has been much more than a basketball coach. At a 
school such as Price, which has a 98 percent college placement rate, he has been a mentor, role model, father figure and friend to the 
student-athletes that have come through the program. “Mike will be a great addition to our coaching staff as he is a proven leader with 
a successful coaching career on all levels and has a Christian-based ethic that will be a perfect fit for us,” said 

La Salle’s Athletic Director, Anthony Harris.

Lynch began his basketball career at Pius X High School and graduated from Dominguez Hill High School. He then played at Victor 
Valley City College and finally at Long Beach City College. 

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: Brent Forsee

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: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

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

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Chris Schnieders, PhD


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 

Headmaster John Higgins 626-798-8989


LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


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) 396-5880 Principal: Gilbert Barraza


St. Rita Catholic School

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

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

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

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther Salinas

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

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) 396-3600 Website:

rcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:

Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:

Anthony Harris, La Salle Athletic Director, Michael Lynch, the Lancers new varsity basketball coach, Dr. Richard Gray, 
La Salle, President.



ARCADIA-- The Arcadia High School “We the People” Constitution 
Team earned a coveted spot to compete in the 2015 National Finals in 
Washington D.C. last weekend. The team, which is also known as the 
Arcadia High Government or “Gov” Team, has won the prestigious 
National Finals twice before in 1993 and 2010. The Apaches did not 
bring home their third national championship, but they did win the 
National Unit Four Award for having the highest combined score of 
any Unit Four over the two-day competition.

 The Arcadia High School “We the People” Constitution Team 
consists of 30 seniors who are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) 
Government and who must try out for the team. The class is taught 
by Arcadia High School Social Science Teacher Megan Leahy, who 
coaches the team. The team also has dedicated volunteer coaches who 
serve as mentors for the students. Arcadia Mayor Gary Kovacic has 
been lending his expertise to the team since 1995 when his daughter 
Kelly was a member. 

 After taking second place at the State Championship in 
Bakersfield at the end of January, the Arcadia High School “We the 
People” Constitution Team qualified for the National Finals. The 
team is divided into six units that specialize in various aspects of 
the Constitution. The statewide and national competitions have the 
students debating both the history and modern applications of the 
Constitution in congressional-style hearings. 

 “I’m very pleased with all our academic teams that are 
representing our district and community extremely well all over the 
country this year. These competitions are also providing unmatched 
collaboration, critical thinking, presentation, and public speaking 
skills that will prove very beneficial for our students in college and 
their careers,” said Arcadia Unified School District Superintendent 
David Vannasdall. 

 The “We the People” Constitution Team is one of the more 
than 50 academic clubs or teams at Arcadia High School, many of 
which also have a long history of putting Arcadia High academics 
in the national spotlight. The History Bowl team also qualified for 
its national championship in Washington D.C. this past weekend, 
and the Ocean Sciences Bowl team competed in Ocean Springs, 
Mississippi in a national tournament. The Science Bowl team will be 
in Washington D.C. this weekend at its national competition, and the 
Quiz Bowl team qualified for a national championship tournament 
in Chicago at the end of May. 



PASADENA, CA: On the weekend of April 17TH, over 300 high 
school juniors from the Rotary District 
5300 gathered at Thousand Pines Camp in 
Crestline, CA for a 2 and half-day camp 
entitled RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership 

 The Pasadena Rotary Club interviewed 
candidates from public and private high 
schools, and sponsored ten local junior 
high students to participate. These students 
included: Emily O’Connor, La Salle 
High School; Juharah Worku, Marshall 
Fundamental High School; Giselle Salas, 
Blair High School; and from John Muir 
High School were Adrian Valencia, Anthony 
Izaguirre, Obregon, Elsy Alvarado, Kylee 
Sharp, Melissa Herrera, and Prakash Dass.

The weekend included activities such as 
the Trust Fall, Decision Dilemma, Cultural 
Walk, Egg Drop, and a surprise dance. The 
teens learned about working in a group, 
cultural diversity, and discovered their 
own leadership style and how to work with 
others of various styles. 

 There were over 50 Rotarians there 
setting the example, leading groups, 
leading activities, and educating the teens 
about community service. According to 
Pasadena Rotary Club RYLA Co-Chair 
Albert Hernandez, “It was our goal that 
each teen learn about them selves and go back to their high school 
and implement projects that would benefit 
their community, in the name of Rotary”. 
Rotary is an organization of business and 
professional leaders united worldwide to 
provide humanitarian service and help 
to build goodwill and peace in the world. 
It is comprised of 1.2 million members 
working in more than 33,000 clubs in 
200 countries and geographic regions. 
The Pasadena Rotary Club has over 
200 members that meet at a weekly 
at the University Club Pasadena with 
amazing, dedicated members contributing 
to the well-being and growth of the 
community, region, and world. Pasadena 
Rotary will host a fundraiser on 5/21 open 
to the public to help raise funds to support 
its programs, some include: Happy Feet 
(providing shoes at the start of a school 
year for PUSD elementary school students); 
Adopt-A-School; Done In A Day; Toy Drive; 
RYLA -Teen Leadership; Rotoract; Interact; 
and Teachers of Excellence to name a 
few. More information on Rotary Club of 
Pasadena visit http://www.pasadenarotary.
com or (626) 440-0908.

Albert Hernandez, Pasadena Rotary Club 
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) 
co-chair pictured with Giselle Salas of Blair 
High School at the camp.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


 Every horror movie that comes out today has some kind of gimmick that 
it uses to try to make audiences think that it will be a worthwhile experience. 
Found footage films, for example, were big for so long because people 
felt they were closer with the main characters and, therefore, closer to 
whatever ghost, demon, or serial killer was chasing said main characters. 
However, I was unsure whether or not ‘Unfriend’s gimmick would work 
for an hour and a half film.

 The entire movie takes place online, as we watch Blaire (Shelley Hennig) 
interact with her friends through Skype, Facebook, and texting. However, 
the anniversary of the death of their friend, Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman), 
comes into play when an unknown person appears in their Skype 
conversation and forces them all to face their sins.

 The gimmick behind this movie is actually the only thing that I had no 
problem with. Watching the interactions on the computer screens was 
very interesting and, surprisingly, made up for the lack of action throughout 
the film. There are, however, two other, major problems with the film. 
One, none of the characters are likable; they are not even relatable. Not 
enough time is given to their development in a positive, interesting way; 
we only see their flaws pointed out and it makes them uninteresting. The 
other major flaw that came to me once I had left the theater was that the 
reason for their Skype conversation, the central interaction that the film 
revolves around, has no reason for happening. None of the characters 
bring up why they are talking over Skype and not, for example, over a 
group text. 

Overall, the film works as a horror movie to some extent, but its lack of 
likable characters and its inability to rationalize why said characters are 
doing the action that leads to their being killed, severely limits its likelihood 
of becoming a true horror classic.