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Glendale News Press

R. D. White students have first Art Exhibit

R. D. White Elementary School hosted its first Art Exhibit on May 12 showcasing 780 pieces of art — one from every student in the school. The exhibit was a celebration of the school’s new Art Program.

Supported by both the R. D. White Foundation and the PTA, the Art Program saw great changes during the 2009-10 academic year as the school moved from art lessons taught by parent volunteers to a standards-based curriculum taught by professional artist and teacher Mike Alcouloumre.

In response to a teacher survey, the R. D. White Foundation hired Alcouloumre in the spring of 2009. A professional animator and art teacher, he had taught classes in elementary schools in La Cañada, Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles Unified School District before coming to R. D. White. He is known to his students as “Mr. Mike.”

In 2009-10, Alcouloumre taught eight of 24 lessons from the Arts Attack curriculum, an art curriculum provided by the Glendale Educational Foundation for all elementary schools in the district in the summer of 2009. Glendale Foundation board members, including president Mia Lee, Phillip Lanzafame, Jo Ness and Todd Hunt, were also in attendance, as were district board members Joylene Wagner and Christine Walters.


Student honored in local parade

Amanda Lockwood will be honored in the La Cañada Memorial Day parade Monday as Miss Armed Forces. She is the daughter of Lyman and Alison Lockwood of Glendale. She is finishing up her sophomore year at Crescenta Valley High School. Amanda was selected on behalf of the William Adrian Modeling Agency, whose agency has honored the armed forces for more than 40 years.

Amanda was selected because of her community service work and academic accomplishments at her high school. She is a member of National Charity League Glendale Chapter and is the 11th grade Ticktocker president. At Crescenta Valley High School she is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, on the varsity tennis team and a staff writer for the yearbook

Students honored at annual concert

Local students were recognized during the Glendale Piano Competition concert on May 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Glendale.


The five top performers, all high school students, received scholarships totaling $6,750. More than 200 students in grades 3 to 12 auditioned, performing for a panel of judges and competing to receive prizes. Forty-one students shared more than $12,000 in award money from the Elvin S. McGaughey Music Foundation.

Varuzhan Kadoyan, an 11th-grader from Glendale, and Justin Yew, a ninth-grader from La Cañada Flintridge, each received honorable mention awards at the concert.

Other students who auditioned from Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge included Jennifer Chan, Tigran Danielyan, Arsen Jamkotchian, Diana Kim, Jenny Mirzoian, Richard Mirzoian, and Alex Rosen.