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FSHA’s Academic Decathlon team takes 1st place in Div. 2

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s academic decathlon team took first place in Div. 2 after winning 40 medals in the Southern California Private School competition at Bishop Alemany High School on Jan. 31 and Feb. 6.

The Tologs placed second in the SuperQuiz segment of the competition in Div. 2.


The girls on the team, who traveled to Paris over Thanksgiving break to broaden their studies of this year’s decathlon theme of the French Revolution, competed against 35 teams from over 25 schools.

“The most exciting thing was watching the girls get called up for their medals and then being hugged by the entire team when they returned to their seats,” said FSHA decathlon coach Mario Pariante.

FSHA senior medalists include Yasmin Al-Quaddoomi, who won gold medals in art, interview and essay, and a silver medal in language and literature; Nicole Fossier, who won gold medals in language and literature, and economics and speech, and silver medals in science, music, math and interview, and a bronze medal in art; Erin Gonzalez, who won gold medals in language and literature, and art; and Mallory Howe, who won a gold medal in interview, a silver medal in art and a bronze medal in math.

FSHA juniors medalists include Laura Allen, who won a gold medal in interview and a bronze medal in music; Charlotte Hook, who won silver medals in art, math and speech, and a bronze medal in music; Vanessa Romero, who won a gold medal in math; Rachel Saad, who won gold medals in SuperQuiz, and language and literature, a silver medal in economics, and bronze medals in science, speech and art; Mimi Spindle, who won gold medals in language and literature, art, SuperQuiz and economics, and a silver medal in essay; and Kathryn O’ Sullivan, who won a silver medal in SuperQuiz, and bronze medals in language and literature, science, music and economics.




LCHS finishes 18th in Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon

La Cañada High School finished 18th in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, a two-day competition of intellectual might that took place on Jan. 20 at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera and Feb. 6 at the USC Galen Center.

The first day of competition including prepared and impromptu speeches, interviews and an essay competition.

The second day of competition was a series of exams in science, economics, math, language and literature, music and art, as well as a game show-like competition in which schools compete against one another.

LCHS student medalists include Gabrielle Badie, who won gold in the essay, Sierra Katow, who won silver in interview and speech, and gold in the language and literature and gold for the top score on the LCHS team, Tim Joo, who won bronze in science and math, Ailin Kim, who won silver in essay and silver in speech, Mathew Lee, who won silver in science, Deanna Tran, who won gold is essay and gold in interview, Louisa Chen, who won bronze in economics, and Michael Belcher, who won bronze in interview.




Young Republicans meet with advisors

La Cañada High School members of the Young Republicans of La Cañada Flintridge invited the chairman of their sponsoring organization as well as their advisors to visit with them to observe their regularly scheduled meeting.

During this meeting the members heard a special presentation by senior Margaret O’Brien on Haiti and the work the students at LCHS are doing on behalf of the people who have suffered from the results of the devastating earthquake that brought destruction and pain to the small Caribbean republic.

The meeting turned out to be an occasion for the taking of the yearbook photo of organizational members.

The club has 30 members all told and about 10 attended this meeting tue to other school activities that were in conflict that day.

Pictured on this page are LCF Republican Youth advisors Betty Monteleon, and Jack Dawson, LCF Republican Chairman Al Restivo, Kelsey Toms, Young Republicans President Kevork Kurdoghlian, Margaret O’ Brien, Haley Herkert, Katherin Propper, Brandon Cheung, Kanishka Wijayagunaratne, Nick Koeppen, school advisor Jim Cartnal and Alex Keledjian.



Christopher A. Burrows Memorial Scholarship applications due soon

High school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Christopher A. Burrows Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship fund was established in memory of La Cañada resident Chris Burrows, Crescenta Valley Class of 1976 and father of Matt, LCHS ’04, Natalie ’06 and Julia and Michelle, ’10.

Many of the finest students in the Crescenta-Cañada Valley have been honored as Burrows Scholars since 1999.

In 2009, Anna Applebaum, Ruth Barber, Catherine Beck, Jessica Park, and Carlotta Pham were recipients of $ 2,500 scholarships.

In 2008 Claire Collison, Amanda Gartside, Alana Mailes, Jessica Pih, and Jordon Sukys were recipients of $3,000 scholarships.

Further, in the prior two years, 12 seniors received $2,000 scholarships: Joyce Win Ho, Chelsea Johnson, Gohar Kotcharian, Brian Schmidt, Evan Snyder and Keely Uhlir in 2007, and Andrew Beck, Mary Kate Hurlbutt, Joe Hummel, Melissa McCauley, Kevin Mack and Nick Sparks in 2006.

The endowment fund is generously supported by this community.

The scholarship committee is eager to recognize more fine students this year for their strong academic achievements, extra-curricular involvement, strength of character, and zest for life.

The scholarship winners will be honored at the dinner on May 18 and welcomed into the Burrows Scholar family.

The application deadline is March 15. All finalists will be interviewed on April 28.

For scholarship details, visit the Community Foundation of the Verdugos website at or contact your college counselor for an application.