Congratulations: Altrusa salutes youth for service

Along with family and administrators, Glendale Altrusans honored four accomplished eighth-grade students from Roosevelt, Rosemont, Toll and Wilson middle schools, for their exemplary community service.

The are Melody Shahsavarani, Noemi Rodriguez, Amber Mateer and Janejila Snider.

On hand to congratulate the students were School Board President, Joylene Wagner; member Mary Boger and Superintendant Richard Sheehan. In addition to a $200 cash award and plaque from Altrusa, each honoree received a certificate of merit from the offices of Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Sen. Carol Liu.

The honorees had distinguished themselves with service projects that ranged from peer counseling to helping the homeless.

While it was purely coincidental that each honoree was female, these young women exemplify what Altrusa’s founders espoused for women — leadership, service and a devotion to the well-being of others.

Warner Bros. announces Reach winners

Warner Bros. Studios has announced graduating seniors Laura Guzman, Mitchell Harring, Alfred (AJ) Leone, Eddie Mendoza, Megan Roope and Genevieve Ward as its 2011 Reach Honorship winners.

Through its Reach program, Warner Bros. awards scholarship-internship packages, known as Honorships, to six graduating high school seniors passionate about the business of entertainment. As part of these Honorships, students are awarded scholarships as well as paid work experiences at Warner Bros. during the summers they are in college. Additionally, each summer they are provided mentoring and networking opportunities with entertainment industry professionals. Successful Reach program graduates are eligible for full-time positions at the company after completing their degrees.

Harring and Roope are winners of the Burbank Reach Honorships, created specifically for residents of the studio’s longtime hometown. Harring, who graduated from Burbank High School, is attending UCLA in the fall. Roope, who graduated from Providence High School, plans to attend San Diego State University. They will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship, coupled with the opportunity to complete four consecutive, paid summer internships at the studio while in college.

Guzman, Leon and Ward have received the studio’s Los Angeles County Reach Honorships. All three students will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and the opportunity to complete up to four paid summer internships at the studio. Mendoza is the winner of the Warner Bros. Animation/Hanna-Barbera Reach Honorship. In addition to a $10,000 college scholarship, he will be offered internship positions in the studio’s animation department.

For more information on the REACH Program, visit

Small business banker serves Burbank

Bank of America has appointed Todd Alvandi as a small business banker for the Burbank area. Alvandi will provide more personalized attention to small business owners by spending time with them at their place of business and learning more about what their companies do. Customers will have access to local small business expertise and a dedicated resource who understands their business. Small business bankers will consult with small business owners and assess their companies’ deposit, credit and cash management needs.

Alvandi comes to Bank of America from WaMu/Chase and brings more than nine years of experience working with small businesses. Alvandi resides in Sunland. Alvandi is active within the community.

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