Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 13, 2021 
9EDUCATION AND YOUTH Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 13, 2021 

Despite the challenges and restrictions of the current Pandemic, the Sierra Madre Rotary Club held its 
'annual music competition on Monday. Traditionally held at The British Home in Sierra Madre, the 
event was held in the home of 
Tom and Julia Brady because 
of COVID 19 concerns. 

Contestants this year were 
Maheilia Thomas, pianist and 
a student at California School 
of the Arts – San Gabriel 
Valley, Claire Mathewson, 
flutist from Arcadia High 
School and Paula Buchanan, 
violinist from St. Monica’s 
Academy, Montrose. 
Contestants were required to 
meet the following criteria:

• Applicant must be in high 
school (home schooled is OK) 
and/or live within the boundaries 
of District 5300. 
• He or she has a reasonable 
ability to play a musical 
• Applicant plans on using the 
scholarship award for future 
educational expenses.
• The competition is limited to 
instrumentalists only.
• Any musical instrument is 
• There is a Maximum time 
limit of 8 minutes for any piece. 
Failure to finish in 8 minutes 
will result in deductions. 

There is no Minimum time limit. 

• Selection of music is left to the instrumentalist 
and may be any piece of music including your own 
Judging was based on: 

• Musical Ability:
Is the contestant familiar with the instrument being 
played and do they appear to have command of this 
particular instrument?
• Musical Sound: 
Does the instrument respond to the contestant in a 
manner that makes it desirable to listen to and make 
the listener want to hear more? 
• Stage Presence:
Does the contestant have a command of the stage 
(area of performance), and is there a sense of rapport 
with the audience. 
Left, contestants Claire Mathewson (left) and 
Maheilia Thomas (right) 

Below, Paula participated in a Christmas concert 
at the White House in December. 


Alverno Heights Academy200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara
E-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 Clarke
E-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 91775Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 

Foothill Oaks Academy822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010(626) 301-9809Principal: Nancy 

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, Jo-Anne Woolner 

High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon RoadPasadena, Ca. 91107 
Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 

La Salle College Preparatory3880 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 Jackson 

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: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114solis@st-ritaschool.orgWebsite: 

Sierra Madre Elementary School141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LUISE-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 

Arcadia Christian School 
1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 
626-574-8229/626-574-0805Email: inquiry@acslions.comPrincipal: Cindy Harmonwebsite: 

Chairperson Julia Brady, left with Paula Buchanan 

The winners of this year’s event 
was Paula Buchanan (First Place), 
Maheilia Thomas, (Second Place) 
and Claire Mathewson (Third 
Place). Ms. Buchanan will go on 
to compete in the Regional Finals 
later this year.

 Paula also had the opportunity 
to perform during the holidays 
at The White House with other 
young musicians from the Classical 
European Music Academy of 
Los Angeles. 




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