Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 3, 2018 EDUCATION & YOUTH 7 Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 3, 2018 EDUCATION & YOUTH 7 

The Jaguars successfully held both opponents at zero during the first League games of the season 

On January 10, the Alverno Heights Academy Jaguarsdefeated the Bishop Conaty- Our Lady of LorettoWildcats 3-0 in a Horizon League away game.

The Jaguars’ first goal came in the 25th minute whenfreshman midfielder Amanda Mercado ‘21 (23) took apass from sophomore midfielder Cassie Lianto ‘20 (10)
and drove up the right-sideline to shoot through thehands of the Wildcats goalkeeper. In the 40th minute, 
senior midfielder Jazmin Rebollo ‘18 (19) made a runalong the left-sideline and received a pass from co-captainjunior midfielder Megan Cavender ‘19 (22). Rebollo ‘18 
found Lianto ‘20 just outside the penalty box, and Lianto‘20 scored the Jaguars’ second goal. In the 62nd minute, 
co-captain junior midfielder Beatriz Rivas ‘18 (16) tookpossession of the ball and passed to Lianto ‘20 who playeda through-ball to Cavender ‘19. Cavender ‘19 shot the 
ball high past the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper forthe Jaguars’ third goal.

Senior defender Nikki Oberhammer ‘18 (17) andfreshman forward Afton Okwu ‘21 (18) combined withMercado ‘21, Rebollo ‘18, Cavender ‘19, and Lianto ‘20 
for the Jaguars’ 9 shots on goal. The Jaguars startingbackline of junior Elisia Bendy ‘19 (2), and freshmenHelen Abascal ‘21 (3), Joanna Bendy ‘21 (6), and NicoleSao ‘21 (9), did not allow a shot on goal or a corner kick;
while the Wildcats defense gave up 9 corner kicks. Co-
captain senior goalkeeper Ally Mercado ‘18 (0) earnedher first clean slate of the season. 

During the season opener, the Jaguars played a homegame against the Sacred Heart of Jesus Comets. Plaguedwith illness and injury, the Jaguars at one point in thematch played down 2 players; but team co-captain seniormidfielder Ally Mercado’s (8) winning goal gave the teamthe season opening victory.

The Jaguars’ first scoring opportunity came in the6th minute. Freshman midfielder Paola Munoz ‘21 (20)
was able to break through the midfield and passed tofreshman forward Emma Alvarez ‘21 (13). Alvarez ‘21 
centered the ball to freshman forward Juliana Abascal ‘21 

(11) whose header was saved by the Comets goalkeeper.
In the 10th minute, co-captain junior midfielder BeatrizRivas ‘19 (16) had a free kick that was blocked by theComets goalkeeper. But it wasn’t until the 39th minute 
that a throw-in by Mercado ‘18 came back to her thatshe was able to shoot past the outstretched arms of thegoalkeeper for the winning goal. Mercado ‘18 attemptedan insurance goal in the second half with another shoton goal in the 45th minute, but the 1-0 lead stood for thevictory.
The Jaguars backline of junior Elisia Bendy ‘19 (2), 

Alverno Heights Academy200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. FanaraE-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) 446-5588Head of School: Ethan Williamson 
Kindergarten - 8th gradewebsite: 
Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-3527Preschool-TK-8th Grade 
Principal: Dr. William Walnerwebsite: www. 
Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91775 
Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 
Foothill Oaks Academy822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010(626) 301-9809Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane 
Frostig School971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 
(626) 791-1255Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 
The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-2410Head of School, Carl Parke 
High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon RoadPasadena, Ca. 91107 
Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 
La Salle High School3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: 
Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian 
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) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandezwebsite: 
St. Rita Catholic School 
322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028website: 
Sierra Madre Elementary School141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LewisE-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: 
Pasadena Unified School District 
351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109(626) 396-3600 Website: 
Arcadia 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) 471-2000Website: 
Duarte Unified School District 
1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 




In my column last week, I suggested that we all benefit by 
enhancing our “intercultural IQ,” our sense of the ethnic 
history and culture of both classmates and everyone 
else in our lives. If your “intercultural IQ” is strong and 
expansive enough, you’ll be able to challenge ethnic and 
racial stereotypes, perceive the human commonalities 
that cut across even the most seemingly disparate groups, 
and begin to compare and contrast the habits, families 
and values of others with your own. 

If you’re a student contemplating your college 
search, or a high school Senior awaiting news of your 
acceptances, or already matriculated in college, you have 
many elements already in play in your decision-making. 
You’ve examined schools by size, academic program 
areas, geographic locations, student social culture and 
spirit and lots more. I am going to suggest one more 
“template” to employ.

If you add a few reflective questions to your college 
considerations that factor in your own ethnic or 
cultural identity, you’ll be collecting surprisingly crucial 
information that will predict your acclimation to and 
success in college.

Are you “living on the hyphen?” By this I mean do 
you strongly identify internally and to others with 
your cultural heritage? Do you check application 
boxes as African-American, Mexican-American, other 
Latino heritages, Albanian-American, Pacific Islander-
American, etc.? Then consider asking:

--How can I test the general racial and ethnic climate 
on a particular campus? Let’s start with one specialty 
group that has a real choice.

--Do I want to attend a college or university primarily 
with others who self-identify with my ethnicity?

For African-American students, this is a viable 
question to pose, as they might seriously consider the 
benefits of enrolling at one of the Historically Black 
Colleges and Universities (Spelman, Howard, Fisk, 
Morehouse, Hampton, etc).

Will I enjoy college more if I make this choice?
Will I be more academically successful?
Will I have more career and social opportunities thanks 
to the networks and contacts available through alums 
and consortia of other HBCU institutions? 

There are no dedicated universities and colleges for 
other ethnic or racial groups, but for all ethnic groups, 
African-Americans included, if I choose a mainstream 
university or college, can or should I examine the support 

and freshmen Helen Abascal ‘21 (3), Joanna Bendy ‘21(6), and Nicole Sao ‘21 (9), did not allow a corner kickand allowed only 5 shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeperAmanda Mercado ‘21 (0) saved those 5 shots on goaland earned her third clean slate of the season. 

The two wins bring the Jaguars’ record to 2-0 and4-5 overall. They will next face San Gabriel Mission onFriday, January 12, 2018. 

About Alverno Heights AcademyAlverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent,
progressive Catholic, college preparatory school 
dedicated to its mission of empowering each youngwoman to be exactly the person she wants to be.
Located on the property of the former Barlow Estatein Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academywas founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis whosought to create an environment in the San GabrielValley where young women could become informedand knowledgeable persons. Later renamed AlvernoHigh School and sponsored by the Immaculate HeartCommunity, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual,
aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped bythe staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno HeightsAcademy once again, the school remains committedto its mission by encouraging each of their youngwomen to be who they imagine. For more informationabout Alverno Heights Academy, please visit www. 

provided to my fellow 
students who share my 

Should I be ready 
to find and join 

appropriate cultural “affinity groups” on a campus like 
UCLA, or Pitzer or USC or Occidental? What political, 
social and other resources might this affiliation yield?

Is it important for me to be taught directly by 
professors who share my cultural heritage? And even 
if they look like me, do we have class commonalities as 

To be coached, advised or mentored similarly? 

Does the school participate in or provide postgraduate 
opportunities specifically designed to support 
under-represented constituencies?

Do I have a “critical mass” consideration: how many 
people of my broad cultural background will make me 
comfortable attending a particular school?

Could there be such a thing as “too many of us” at a 
mainstream campus?

“Who IS us, anyhow?” Assume that your own 
assumptions about your race or ethnicity, like your 
notions of religion, politics and other topics, will be up 
for review and redefinition once you’re in college.

If high school is a time for me to figure out who I’m 
becoming on many levels, how can my exploration of 
college choices help me learn about myself about my 
cultural and ethnic signature?

Asking the right questions about these topics, if you 
feel they are questions you should be asking yourself, 
will help you prepare to succeed wherever you enroll in 
college or university. 

And if you’re already in college, examining your 
relationship with your “hyphen” can definitely help you 
make the most of your education inside and outside the 
classroom. After a year of particularly vivid challenges to 
our national identity on issues of race, class and ethnicity, 
you’ll want to harness the power and pride of straddling 
the hyphen of your heritage for the common good.

Dr. Dan Golden was the founding director of Life 
Planning at the Vistamar School in El Segundo. He was a 
professor, program director and Dean for Work & Service-
Learning at Wheaton College (MA), and now consults 
with individuals, schools and educational districts on 
college access, post-graduate study and career planning 
issues. He can be reached at 

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