Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 15, 2019 




MONROVIA – Wildcat Stadium roared as administrators, teachers, and family and friends celebrated 
367 Class of 2019 graduates who said goodbye to Monrovia High School during an evening 
commencement ceremony on June 5. 


This year’s commencement ceremony was dedicated in memory of senior Kelsey Meza and MHS 
teacher Tom Reale, who passed away this school year. Amongst the sea of graduates, an empty seat 
was set up next to Meza’s best friends, and her diploma was presented to her family. 


“Look at yourselves and look around you – 12 long years of education and I am proud to be representing 
this Class of 2019,” valedictorian Penny Lan said. “I see in front of me such a variety of talent 
and limitless protentional, but don’t forget where we came from. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.” 


The 2019 Honor Guard was made up of more than 60 Monrovia Unified teachers, coaches, and 
counselors who applauded and cheered. The honor guard was nominated by the Class of 2019 for 
the continued inspiration and support members give to students. 


“When I look at this group of graduates, I see many 
different stories and I see leaders,” Principal Kirk McGinnis 
said. “These young adults are poised to change 
the world as we know it, and they will put a mark on 
humanity with both flair and purpose but – more importantly 
– with energy, intelligence, and a sense of 
service to something bigger than themselves.” 


The night of celebration continued as Santa Fe Computer 
Science Magnet School Principal Geoff Zamarripa 
delivered a keynote address, inspiring students to 
continue following their dreams and take risks. 


The 2019 graduating class includes 160 students recognized 
with special honors, 91 Golden State Merit 
Diploma graduates, 51 students who earned the State 
of California Seal of Biliteracy, 59 members of the 
ninth graduating class of the Math and Science Academy, 
and 14 members of the second graduating class 
of the Humanities Academy. 


“It is my honor to receive and accept this graduation 
class of Monrovia High School,” Board President Ed 
Gililland said. “We know that you have done the hard 
work to acquire the knowledge and the life skills to be 
successful wherever your next steps take you.” 

Ending the night, graduates walked on stage and were 
congratulated by MHS administrators, the Board of 
Education, and Superintendent Katherine Thorossian. 


“Having hope and a plan will lead you to the most 
unexpected and remarkable places,” Thorossian said. 
“Enjoy the journey and continue to give your family and friends reasons to be proud, celebrate, and 
take pride in you. Congratulations Wildcats.” 


Students turned their tassels from right to left, threw their caps in the air, and hugged each other as 
McGinnis acknowledged them as the new graduating class of MHS. 

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 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

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, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

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


A Monrovia High School graduate acknowledges 
his friends and family in the bleachers after 
receiving his diploma during Monrovia High 
School’s graduation ceremony on June 5. 


St. Rita School finished 3rd 
overall in the CYO Director’s 
Cup standings! This 
finish makes St. Rita the 
highest ranked single-class 
school in the Archdiocese 
of Los Angeles! CYO-
LA is the largest Catholic 
youth sports organization 
in the United States serving 
approximately 25,000 
students and coaches with 
164 schools participating in 

Congratulations to Saleen 
Marganian(class of 2019) 
who was named the CYO 
Female Athlete of the Year at the CYO Banquet on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and to George Tupy (class 
of 2019) who was named one of the 5 finalists for Male Athlete of the Year!

Saleen Marganian’s accomplishments include: CYO Cross Country Championships -4th overall, 
Volleyball - Foothill League Champion, CYO Open Division Final 4, All-Conference and All-CYO, 
Basketball - Foothill League Champion, CYO Open division Finalist, ABVM Tournament Champion, 
3 year starter, All-Conference and All-CYO, Softball - 2 year starter, Track: 200 meter and 
Shot-put CYO Champion, 100 meter CYO runner-up, All-CYO

George Tupy’s accomplishments include: Cross Country- CYO Championships 7th overall, Football- 
2 year starter, leading receiver, Basketball- 2 year starter, All-tournament/MVP and Champion 
of St. Paul, Pius X, and St. Francis Tournaments, CYO Gold Division Champion, All-Conference 
and All-CYO, Volleyball- 2 year starter, Foothill League champion, CYO Open Division Elite 8, All-
Conference and All-CYO, Track: Finalist in Shot-put and Long-jump and 4 x 400 meter, Golf- 38 
score at both fall and spring CYO tournaments.

We are extremely proud of all our students for displaying good sportsmanship, leadership, and 

Way to go Raiders! 

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