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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 5, 2015 


A total of 4 students receive the prestigious honor


Sierra Madre, CA (December 3, 2015) – Four students from Alverno High 
School have earned the designation of National Hispanic Scholar from the 
College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the PSAT. 

 Seniors Caitlyn Delgadillo, Emily Lopez, Cameron Martinez, and Alexxa 
Vasquez were recognized for scoring in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and 
Latino PSAT takers in the region. In addition to outstanding test scores, 
these young women were also selected for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 
3.5 or higher throughout their years at Alverno. 

 Caitlyn Delgadillo, a graduate of San Gabriel Christian School, is involved 
in several different clubs and organizations on campus including serving as 
the Chief of Domestic Protocol in the Alverno Student Union and being an 
active member of the Solar Energy Activity Lab (SEAL) team with Caltech 
and the National Honor Society. Caitlyn is also a starting and integral player 
on Alverno’s Horizon League champion soccer team. In addition to being 
named a National Hispanic Scholar, Caitlyn was also recognized as an AP 
Scholar with Distinction by the College Board for earning an average score 
of 3.5 or higher on at least five AP exams. 

 Emily Lopez, a graduate of Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua, currently serves as 
the Secretary of the Alverno Student Union and is a member of the Girl Scouts. 
Over the summer, Emily started a non-profit organization that assembles 
toiletry and necessity packages for homeless individuals throughout the San 
Gabriel Valley. Emily is an active member of the National Honor Society 
and Alverno’s Campus Ministry program. Emily was recently named as a 
Princess for the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association and will ride in the 
Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016. Emily was selected from 
her outstanding academic and community service achievements. 

 Cameron Martinez, a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School, is 
an active member of the Alverno High School government having held a 
position throughout her four years at Alverno. Currently, Cameron serves 
as the Secretary of Campus Ministry and the President of the National 
Honor Society. In addition to her success in the classroom, Cameron 
has been an incredible asset to both the volleyball and softball teams at 
Alverno. Along with Emily, Cameron has also been named as a Princess 
of the Sierra Made Rose Float Association and will ride in the Tournament 
of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016. In addition to her recognition as a 
National Hispanic Scholar, Cameron was also recognized as an AP Scholar 
by the College Board for earning an average score of 3 or higher on at least 
three AP exams. 

 Alexxa Vasquez, a graduate of St. Benedict School, participates in a 
number of different clubs and organizations at Alverno. Currently, she 
serves as a member of the Senior State Assembly, Campus Ministry, the 
Alverno Ambassador Corps, and National Honor Society. In addition to 
her academics, Alexxa is a committed dancer who competes on a hip-
hop competition team through her dance studio. Alexxa was recently 
recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Honor for receiving 
a score of 3.25 or higher on four or more AP exams. 

 “Alverno High School is incredibly proud of these young women and 
their academic achievements,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. 
“Being named a National Hispanic Scholar demonstrates not only a strong 
academic ability among these young women, but also a strong commitment 
to academic rigor, currently and in the future. Alverno is thrilled to provide 
a rigorous college prep curriculum, a demanding AP program, and a small 
classroom environment to all of its students that help make opportunities 
and recognition like this possible.” 

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: Dr. William Walner

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: Jenny Janetzke


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:


Sacramento, CA – Assembly 
Majority Floor Leader Chris 
Holden (AD – 41) today 
announced the availability of 
applications for the 2016-2017 
Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly 
Fellowship Program. 

The Assembly Fellowship 
Program provides the 
opportunity for aspiring 
public servants of all ages, 
background and experiences 
to directly participate in the 
legislative process. The 11–
month fellowship provides an 
introduction to public policy 
formation and adoption through 
full-time work as professional 
staff in the Assembly. 

 “The Assembly Fellowship 
Program offers college graduates 
the unique opportunity to 
learn and craft public policy 
through hands-on work with 
elected officials and staff,” said 
Assembly Majority Floor Leader 
Holden. “The program provides 
a challenging, professional 
work experience that serves as 
the foundation for successful 
careers in both the public and 
private sectors.”

 As fellows work to pass 
legislation on behalf of an 
Assemblymember, they’re in a 
position to make a real difference 
for everyday Californians 
on issues that may include 
education, consumer protection, 
labor or the economy.

 “Being an Assembly Fellow 
was an outstanding way for me 
to learn about state government, 
and have the opportunity to 
give back to my state, which is 
always rewarding,” said Aaron 
Bonner, 2014-2015 Assembly 
fellow for Assemblymember 
Holden. He now works full 
time as a Legislative Aide in 
the State Capitol on issues 
related to health, job creation, 
and economic development. 
“My greatest highlight from the 
fellowship is having two bills I 
staffed get signed by Governor.” 

 Fellows also participate in 
a weekly academic seminar, 
earning graduate credits from 
California State University, 
Sacramento. Fellows are paid 
a monthly stipend of $2,627, 
plus health, dental and vision 
benefits. The Center for 
California Studies at California 
State University, Sacramento 
administers the program in 
conjunction with California 
State Assembly. 

 Applications for the 2016-2017 
Assembly Fellowship Program 
are due Monday, February 8, 
2016. Applicants must have 
earned their undergraduate 
degree by September 2016. No 
specific major is preferred and 
individuals with advanced 
degrees and mid-career 
professionals are also encouraged 
to apply. Brochures are available 
at Assemblymember Holden’s 
Capitol or district office at 600 
N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117, 
Pasadena, CA 91107. Please 
contact the Center for California 
Studies with any questions at or (916) 
278-6906. The online application 
is available at


by Ben Show


 ‘Hunger Games’ marked the beginning of a new fad of a movie genre: post-
apocalyptic teen romance. The first film was a good starting point, and ‘Catching 
Fire’ was perhaps the best entry in the franchise, but by the time ‘Mockingjay 
- Part One’ rolled around, the whole post-apocalyptic romance genre had 
been done to death. ‘Divergent’ and ‘Maze Runner’ we’re both getting started, 
and ‘Mockingjay - Part One’ was a dramatic deviation from the other ‘Hunger 
Games’ films in that the theme and focus of the franchise was changed. Since 
both parts of ‘Mockingjay’ were made at the same time, Part Two may share 
many of the themes that caused people to dislike Part One so much. Does Part 
Two end the franchise on a high note or should ‘Mockingjay’ just have been 
one movie instead of two?

 Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is on a war path with President Snow (Donald 
Sutherland). She must find some way to defeat him and help the people of 
Panem free themselves from his tyranny. As she and a team of soldiers work 
their way through the Capitol, she begins to question the intentions of Alma 
Coin (Julianne Moore) and who should become the new leader of Panem.

 Part Two is a completely continuation of Part Two; the two really could 
just be one long film. The first films in the franchise really drew people’s attention 
with the actual Hunger Games themselves, the disgusting political 
commentary they provided, and the fact that the films did make them massive, 
action-packed spectacles. Neither ‘Mockingjay - Part One’ or ‘Part Two’ 
have the Games in them; the focus of the franchise changed from the Games 
to the world around them and all the characters and their stories. ‘Part Two’ 
certainly has more action than ‘Part One’; however, if you are not invested in 
the story of Panem, its people, and how Katniss can change their future for the 
better, then ‘Part Two’ will be very boring. ‘Part Two’ is worth seeing if you 
have read the books already and know what to expect, or if you have watched 
the franchise so far and genuinely care about the characters, not just the Hunger