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The Valley Line: Leiningers feted by Community Scholarship Foundation

Jesse and Anne Collins, Mike and Nancy Leininger and Carrie King gather for a family shot after Mike and Nancy received the Distinguished Persons award from Community Scholarship Foundation. Anne Collins and Carrie King are the Leiningers’ daughters.
(Courtesy of Alice Perez)

Longtime local educators Mike and Nancy Leininger were honored Jan. 16 by the Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge with the organization’s annual Distinguished Person Award.

The event was held at Oakmont Country Club with about 50 guests in attendance. Karen Mathison, CSF president, stepped to the podium to welcome guests.

Mathison talked about how the Leiningers have walked parallel paths for almost 50 years.

“No doubt, it was destiny that they forged a friendship in high school while serving as student body officers and as presidents of their service clubs. They married and spent the last year of their schooling at the University of Utah where they both graduated with degrees in education,” Mathison said.


Trish McRae, chair of the Community Scholarship Foundation event, is shown with Brenda Gant, Foundation President Karen Mathison and Rose Linda Gonzales at the award luncheon honoring Mike and Nancy Leininger.
(Courtesy of Alice Perez)

Mathison also talked about how the Leiningers finding jobs in the La Cañada Unified School District was a dream come true for both of them. Mike began teaching at La Cañada High School as assistant principal in 1987 and Nancy started teaching at Palm Crest Elementary soon after. Mike went on to become principal at LCHS.

“Today, their dedication to the welfare and uplifting of elementary, junior high and high school students make them perfect recipients of this year’s distinguished person award,” Mathison said in her introduction.

Former school board member Joel Peterson stepped to the podium to speak about Mike; honoring Nancy was LCUSD Supt. Wendy Sinnette. The two honorees were presented with lovely sculpted glass awards etched with their names.


The Leiningers were also given special recognition from Teresa Lamb Simpson, on behalf of Rep. Adam Schiff, David Kim, representative for state Sen. Anthony Portantino and Blake Dellinger, representative for Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.

Sharing this special day with the Leiningers were their daughter, Anne Collins, son-in-law, Jesse Collins, and daughter, Carrie King.

Trish McRae and Alice Perez chaired the event.


Flora Troy, daughter of Elizabeth and Ken Troy and granddaughter of longtime La Cañadan Nancy Harahan and Chuck Thornton, made her debut to society at the Las Madrinas Ball held on Dec. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. She was one of 26 debs honored for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Flora Troy makes her debut at the Las Madrinas Debutante Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Dec. 21.
(Courtesy of Las Madrinas)

We have had a little “brr” time here in our fair burg. It’s fine with me — I’ve dragged out warm sweaters and hand-knit wraps that I made a few years ago. They are beautiful, but I don’t get to wear them often because it’s usually so darn warm. Anyway, I’m all cozy and enjoying the chilly weather.

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