Mount San Antonio Colleges honors Students of Distinction in Walnut

Mt. San Antonio Community College recently honored 19 Students of Distinction for 2009.
This annual award recognizes students for outstanding service to the college, as well as academic, competitive and personal achievement.

There are four types of awards. The Academic Achievement Award requires a minimum 3.75 grade point average. The Service Achievement Award winners must have a 3.0 GPA and significant volunteer service to the college and their community.

The Personal Achievement Award is for those with a 2.75 GPA or higher and who have overcome personal hardship. The Competitive Achievement Award requires a 3.0 GPA and success as part of a competitive student group or team.

Recipients of the Academic Achievement Awards were Chandni Parikh of Rowland Heights, MinLi Sang of West Covina, Priscilla Sugianto of Rowland Heights, Rebecca S. Wei of Glendora and Shirley Shou-Chu Sui of San Gabriel.

The Service Achievement Awards went to Isaac Powell of San Dimas, James Thao of Hacienda Heights, Priscilla Audrey Soetanto of Fullerton, William Lee Hsu of Rowland Heights and Xiwen Wang of West Covina.

Winners of the Personal Achievement Award were Gina Eilene Guerrero of West Covina, Rhonda Anne Hottman of La Puente, Julio Fregoso of La Puente, Shalini Swastika Pal of La Puente and Josue Velasquez of Pomona.

Recipients of the Competitive Achievement Award were Cassie Molinari of Glendora, Joseph Davis of Whittier, Michael William Edwards of Walnut and Shane Michael Nigro Hurter of West Covina.

Students “Kick Butts” in Rowland Heights


Musician Steve Russo was “kicking butts” at Rowland High School on Wednesday. The popular speaker talked to the students about “kicking” cigarette smoking.

The assembly was part of the “Kick Butts” national campaign to get teens to stop smoking. The Centers for Disease Control note that more than 3,000 teens try smoking every day and 1,000 of those become daily smokers.

It adds that 20 percent of high school students are smokers. Read about the problem and the program in an upcoming story in the Rowland Heights Highlander.

Rowland Heights administrators retire after 40 years


They’re icons in the Rowland Unified School District. Teachers and administrators who have watched over generations of Rowland students.

Now after more than 40 years of service, Robbie Robinson and Susan Halliday are taking well-deserved retirements.

They’ll also be taking the well-wishes of colleagues, students and parents, who appreciate their tireless dedication.

Read about their fascinating careers in the Rowland Heights Highlander.

Mount San Antonio Colleges holds dance concert in Walnut

The Mt.
San Antonio College Dance Department will perform a variety of dance styles
at its Annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May
29 -31, at the college’s Sophia Clarke Theater. Performance times are
8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a special 5 p.m. performance on Sunday,
May 31.

Spring Dance Concert features a variety of dance styles, including modern,
jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance. Choreographed by talented Mt. SAC
students, the spring concert has something for everyone.

Tickets are $12 for general admission,
and $9 for seniors, students and children under 12.

For tickets, visit www.4tix.orgor
call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

Southlands Christians Schools celebrates 30th anniversary


Photo courtesy of Southlands Christian Schools

Walnut Mayor Mary Su presents Southlands Christian Schools Administrator Glenn Duncan with a commendation celebrating the school’s 30th anniversary on May 16.

The mayor’s son attended Southlands in his early years. She thanked the staff for the moral, as well as the academic education he received.

Diamond Bar Mayor Ron Everett also attended the gala event attended by more than 270 guests. Mayor Everett recognized Southlands for 30 years of community service.

A representative for California State Senator Bob Huff’s office presented a congratulatory resolution.

Congressman Gary Miller’s office sent a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition as well as a flag flown over the United States Capitol.

Los Altos High battles drunk drivers


Los Altos High School students look on as school and law enforcement stages a fatal traffic accident in front of the Hacienda Heights campus.

The “Every 15 minutes” event featured Los Altos seniors and a student driving under the influence of alcohol. CHP and Sheriffs used crushed
cars from actual accidents to simulate the accident. Police, fire, ambulance and helicopter units responded to the scene.

Read all about the emotional event in an upcoming story in the Hacienda Heights Highlander.

Mt. SAC offers health professions conference in Walnut

The Mt. SAC Caduceus Club will sponsor a health professions conference on Friday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Walnut campus.

The event is open to anyone interested in the health professions field, who wants to find out more about health care careers. The conference will feature have many professionals speaking, as well as focus groups and panel discussions. 

There will also be demonstrations such as suturing. Other colleges will also be on hand to give information about the programs they offer.

Los Altos High celebrates 50th anniversary in Hacienda Heights

Los Altos High School celebrated its 50th anniversary last weekend.
The celebration took place from noon to 6 p.m. on the school campus in Hacienda Heights.

A special timeline showed all of the school’s achievements over the past 50 years. Many former principals and instructors attended.

The Performing Arts Academy performed. There was also a car show, interactive inflatables, carnival games, vendors, food and live bands.

The Administration Building was dedicated to Roberta Price, longtime office manager who retired last year.

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Collegewood Elementary welcomes young authors in Walnut

Collegewood Elementary School Librarian Barbara Morton has planned several events in the Walnut Valley Unified School District.

The annual Young Authors Day takes place on May 14, and showcases students, who will read the original stories they have worked on for several months.

On Friday, May 15, the Imagination Machine Company will be featured at a school-wide assembly. The talented professional actors will perform some of the students’ stories.

This assembly is made possible by the fundraising of the school’s Community Club, under the leadership of Co-presidents Tamie Liptak and Cheryl Steadward.