Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 16, 2020 


The Sierra Madre Civic Club invited graduating seniors to 
apply for Educational Awards again this year. The applicants are 
required to live, work, or attend school in Sierra Madre. Criteria for 
selection includes documentation of volunteer work, an 
essay, and supporting letters. The Education Awards Committee received 13 
applications this year, from 5 high schools: Alverno Heights Academy, 
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Pasadena High School, St. Francis 
High School, Harvard Westlake School. All applications were impressive 
and worthy of accolades. The Sierra Madre Civic Club is pleased to 
introduce you to the five Award recipients. The SMCC Board voted to 
present the top 5 students an educational award. The students are Lily Cimino, Katherine Fong, 
Malia Teran, Nicholas Tierney and Ava Walters.

 Lily Cimino from Pasadena High School has played soccer for 13 years, 
both on a club team and at Pasadena High School. At PHS she was named 
MVP for two years and was Captain of the Varsity Team. She has enjoyed 
volunteering in the Pasadena Educational Foundation Summer Enrichment 
Program as a teacher’s assistant and was a lifeguard at Raging Waters 
Waterpark. In the fall Lily will attend San Diego State University where 
she will major in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Following college, she 
plans to become an athletic trainer to help athletes recover and train.

Katherine Fong from Alverno Heights Academy 
has a deep interest in community engagement 
and local politics and has volunteered for the 
election campaigns of an Assembly Member and 
a Member of Congress. She was selected as a member of an elite group of 
high school students Pulsar Search Collaboratory at Caltech. Katherine 
and her partner at Caltech disproved a leading theory for the origin of 
lithium-rich red giants which will be published in the Astrophysical 
Journal in 2020.In addition to studying pulsars, she is also interested in 
research relating to black holes, dark energy and dark matter. Katherine 
plans to major in Physics (theoretical) and Math (pure) as a steppingstone 
to her ultimate goal of a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics.

Malia Teran from Pasadena High School has 
volunteered extensively in several areas, including local and state government 
and feeding the homeless. Malia has been enrolled in the Law and Public 
Service Pathway program at PHS for the past 4 years. She enjoys playing 
volleyball and was the Team Captain and recipient of the PHS Bulldog 
Award this year, as well as a Sierra Madre Rose Princess. Her career goal is 
to become an attorney, then a superior court judge because she believes that 
a fair justice system is key to a better country and a better world. She will 
attend California State University at Long Beach in the fall.

Nicholas Tierney from Harvard Westlake School 
has worked with the Sierra Madre Community 
Foundation for 6 years with the 3rd and 4th of July 
community festivities, setting up Kersting Court for 
the winter holidays and helping at the candlelight walk. As a Cub and Boy 
Scout, he has also volunteered with many charitable activities throughout the 
San Gabriel Valley. Nicholas stated that his love of volunteering is a pillar 
of his family, and his grandfather has been his role model who has shown 
him that “…there is a world to care about that is bigger than ourselves.” His 
interest in water polo has taken him all over the world as a player, and for the 
past two Decembers he volunteered at the Olympic Training Center for USA 
Water Polo in Colorado Springs to coach 8th grade teams. He is enrolled in a 
5-year MBA Sports Administration program at Pepperdine University.

Ava Walters from Pasadena High School has volunteered at the Sierra 
Madre Public Library for the past 4 summers and has worked with the 
Sierra Madre Historical Society for several years as a helper and docent 
at the Wistaria vine and Lizzy’s Trail Inn. As a finalist for Sierra Madre 
Rose princess, Ava feels she has grown in confidence and public speaking 
skills as a result of the process. She enjoys volleyball, and both Junior 
Varsity and Varsity Captains. A participant in the Pasadena Unified 
School District’s Mandarin Immersion Program since 2014, Ava plans to 
pursue studies in business, economy and language. She will be attending 
San Diego State University in the fall.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Sierra Madre Civic Club was unable 
to present the awards and checks to the students in person this year, but 
the students have been invited to the Sierra Madre Civic Club December meeting for a special 


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 LUIS

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



Dear Pasadena High School Class of 2020 Parents/Guardians, 

We understand you would like to know as much as possible about how COVID-19 is affecting 
high school graduations. Our high school seniors are living a year that none of us ever imagined 
for them. You and your families have been very much in our thoughts and our hearts 
these past weeks. We know that you and your students are feeling the loss of special times 
with friends, classmates, and teachers. We feel that loss with you. We held out hope that we 
could hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies as scheduled at the end of May. But 
based on the senior survey results and taking into account public health concerns, we have 
instead planned virtual live-streamed graduation ceremonies in June. We are fully committed 
to celebrating seniors with this online ceremony and will plan an in-person event when the 
Governor and public health au-thorities determine it is safe to do so. For our virtual graduation, 
PUSD has contracted with School Shine to create an event that will be live-streamed 
June 24-26. High schools will arrange for the distri-bution of caps and gowns, photos, and 
other arrangements for graduations. We will send you details with dates and times. We grieve 
with you that your child’s senior year is ending this way. Please know that we would love 
nothing more than to see them and you in person again soon. Until then, we are wrapping 
our arms and hearts around you. The world will return to normal soon and we know that with 
their courage and indomitable spirit, our seniors will be ready to meet and embrace it and all 
its beautiful possibilities.



Annually, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association 
is proud to award a scholarship to 
a qualified college-bound student who meets 
the following qualifications:

1. Applicants must currently be a student 
in their senior year of high school or be a college 
freshman with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

2. Applicants must have been active in one or more Sierra Madre Rose Float Association 
activities such as fundraising, design, construction, decorating or as a past 
or present float rider.

The Application and Reference forms can be downloaded here:

2020 Scholarship Application

2020 Service Request Form

All forms must be postmarked or sent by e-mail to scholarship@sierramadrerosefloat.
org NO LATER than May 20, 2020.

You may also e-mail any questions to

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