Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 7, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 7, 2018 



Ariana Saigh Received 
Gold and Silver Medals 
at Carnegie Hall

Photographers Ariana Saigh 
and Alexia Saigh, both students 
at Mayfield Senior School, were 
the recipients of a combined 21 
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 
for their photographic works 
this year. In addition, Ariana 
won one Gold National Medal 
and two Silver National Medals. 
Ariana received these national 
medals in an award ceremony 
with 800 other Gold Medalist 
recipients deemed “The Best 
of the Best” at Carnegie Hall in 
New York on June 7, 2018. The 
ceremony was hosted by Ansel 
Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault 
In Our Stars) and Marc Brown, 
creator of the cartoon series Arthur 
was the Scholastic Alumni 
Award Recipient. Ariana’s Gold 
Medal Award winning photograph, 
“Enjoying My IPA”, was 
exhibited at the Pratt Manhattan 
Gallery. There were only 87 
students this year in California 
that received a Gold Medal. Each 
year, there are over 350,000 entries 
nationwide, of which less 
than 1% receive a key or medal.
These awards are presented by 
Alliance for Young Artists & 
Writers, a nonprofit organization 
whose mission is to identify students 
with exceptional artistic 
and literary talent. 

 The Scholastic Art and Writing 
Awards are some of the nation’s 
oldest and most prestigious, 
and recognize students 
in 29 different genres of creative 
arts and writing. Overall, Ariana, 
a senior, received 1 Gold 
Medal, 2 Silver Medals, 8 Gold 
Keys, 2 Silver Keys, and 3 Honorable 
Mention awards, while 
Alexia, a sophomore, received 2 
Gold Keys, 4 Silver Keys, and 2 
Honorable Mentions. Both girls’ 
works of photography have been 
published as Finalists in the Photographer 
Forum’s 37th and 38th 
Best of College and High School 
Photography Books, as well as the 
Photographer Forum’s 37th and 
38th Best of Photography Book. 
In November 2017, their photography 
was included in the School 
of Visual Arts Gramercy Gallery’s 
“America” exhibit in New York. 
Alexia and Ariana have both 
been former sweepstakes winners 
at the LA County Fair’s America’s 
Kids Art and Photography contest 
over the years; and last year, 
Alexia’s photograph “Window 
to Cesky Krumlov” was selected 
as the 2nd Place winner out of 
46,000 photographs in the Kid’s 
National Geographic “Dare to 
Explore” Photography Contest. 
Alexia enjoys capturing scenic 
pictures, while Ariana finds 
beauty in people from around 
the world. The girls have been 
taking painting lessons through 
Kids Art Pasadena since they 
were 4 years old, and have since 
branched out into photography. 
Ariana and Alexia are now part 
of Mayfield Senior School’s Arts 
Conservatory program. 

 They have studied film and 
photography with Mr. Paul 
Tzanetopoulos. They believe in 
giving back to the community 
and recently have donated photography/
artwork to numerous 
charities, libraries and schools 
including: the Altadena Guild of 
Huntington Memorial Hospital, 
Sierra Madre Library, Pasadena 
Humane Society, Mayfield Senior 
School, and Pasadena Child 
Development Associates. Both 
Ariana and Alexia would like to 
pursue a career in film, photography, 
and visual arts. Both girls 
graduated from the Gooden 
School. Ariana will be studying 
Art (Photography) at UCLA in 
fall next year.


Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

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 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

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, Carl Parke 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

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: Roberto Hernandez


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: Lindsay Lewis

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:

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) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon






HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …June Birthdays*

Joanne Thrane, Nellie Haynes, Dorothy McKay, Theresa Daley, Donna Doss, 
Mary Carney, Carol Handley, Marilyn McKernan, Pat Fujiwara, John Shier, Beth 
Smith-Kellock, Ann Disbrow, Joan Ellison, Anne Montgomery, Trini Ornelas, 
Martha Spriggs, Pat Starkey, Kathleen Coyne, Suzanne Decker, Jacque Persing, 
Jeanne Peterson and Grace Sanders

 * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 
626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required

ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre



Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the 
art of Hula. 

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome to 
join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 

Brain Games: Join us on Thursday, April 19th at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for Scattergories, a creative 
thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building challenge that 
keeps you stacking and balancing your tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. What 
a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends. Games facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, April 18th from 10:30am to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is 
available for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Please 
call Hart Park House for an appointment, 626-355-7394. 

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include 
Yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!

* A voluntary donation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required.

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free 
birthday cake provided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club! 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This 
energetic class utilizes light weights, low impact resistance training and body conditioning. Class 
equipment is provided. 

Tax Assistance: Every Wednesday beginning on February 7th through April 11th from 1:00p.m. 
to 2:00p.m ...Don Brunner is available for income tax consultation... 
**Appointments are required by calling the Hart Park House Office 626-355-7394**

 ** Call Community Services Department for details about the “Ear to Ear Program” returning in 
2018** 626 - 355 - 5278

Dear Savvy Senior,

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease 
and dementia? My aunt has dementia, but they 
don’t know if she has Alzheimer’s disease, which is 
very confusing to me.

Trying To Understand


Dear Trying,

Many people use the words “Alzheimer’s disease” 
and “dementia” interchangeably, but they are 
not the same thing. In fact, you can have a form 
of dementia that is completely unrelated to 
Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what you should know.

Dementia versus Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a general term for a set of 
symptoms that includes memory loss, impaired 
communication skills, a decline in reasoning and 
changes in behavior. It most commonly strikes 
elderly people and used to be referred to as senility.

 Alzheimer’s disease is a specific illness that is 
the most common cause of dementia. Though 
many diseases can cause dementia, Alzheimer’s 
– which affects 5.7 million Americans today – 
accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia 
cases, which is why you often hear the terms used 

 But there are many other conditions that 
can cause symptoms of dementia like vascular 
dementia, which is the second most common 
cause, accounting for about 10 percent of 
dementia cases. Vascular dementia is caused by a 
stroke or poor blood flow to the brain. 

 Other degenerative disorders that can 
cause dementia include Lewy body dementia, 
Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, 
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Chronic Traumatic 
Encephalopathy (CTE), Huntington’s disease and 
Korsakoff Syndrome. Some patients may also 
have more than one form of dementia known as 
mixed dementia.

 Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells, 
but the symptoms can vary depending on the 
cause. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, protein 
fragments or plaques that accumulate in the 
space between nerve cells and twisted tangles of 
another protein that build up inside cells cause 
the damage.

 In Alzheimer’s disease, dementia gets 
progressively worse to the point where patients 
cannot carry out daily activities and cannot speak, 
respond to their environment, swallow or walk. 
Although some treatments may temporarily ease 
symptoms, the downward progression of disease 
continues and it is not curable.

 But some forms of dementia are reversible, 
which is why it’s important to be evaluated by a 
physician early on. Vitamin deficiencies, thyroid 
problems, brain tumors, depression, excessive 
alcohol use, medication side effects and certain 
infectious diseases can cause reversible forms of 

 Another treatable form of dementia is 
a condition known as normal pressure 
hydrocephalus, which is caused by a buildup 
of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that can be 
relieved by surgically implanting a shunt to drain 
off excess fluid. This type of dementia is often 
preceded or accompanied by difficulty walking 
and incontinence.

 To learn more about the different types of 
dementia, including the symptoms, risks, causes 
and treatments visit the Alzheimer’s Association 

 Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. 
Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.
org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today 
show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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