Four Inland Valley educators were among 222 music teachers from 208 cities in 41 states who were selected as quarter finalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.
They were selected from more than 7,000 nominations from all 50 states.
The local honorees are Steven Acciani of Diamond Bar High, Anthony Allmond of Kaiser High in Fontana, Buddy Clements of Walnut High and Eufemio Escalante of Vina Danks Middle School in Ontario.
In September, a list of semi-finalists will be announced after which 10 finalists will be selected. One recipient will be selected from the 10 finalists and will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium.
The other nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten to college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
Diamond Bar Freshman Benjamin Chen is among a very small group of about 53 students (from the original pool of over 210,000 American Mathematics Competition participants) invited to take part in the 2014 Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. This year’s program will be held on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The purpose of the program is to broaden the participants’ view of mathematics and foster their excitement toward further study. It will better prepares students for possible future participation on our International Mathematical Olympiad team as well as for possible careers involving mathematics.
By Staff Writer Richard Irwin
Marissa Favela has fought hard to play in the first-round of Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff against visiting Mayfield.
While teammates were battling on the field, the Diamond Bar High School girls soccer player took on cancer.
The 16-year-old recently returned to school and the sport she loves so much. Though still recovering her strength, the midfielder has scored goals in the last two games.
But just returning to the soccer field has made her a winner in the eyes and hearts of her coaches and teammates.
“I think she has inspired all of us,” coach Matt Brummett said. “It changes your perspective. While we were fighting on the field, Marissa was fighting for her life.”
The junior has been playing on the Brahma’s soccer team since her freshman year. She had been named to this newspaper’s All Valley Team for her play. She scored the game-tying goal in a 2013 quarterfinal playoff against Bishop Amat that sent the game to overtime.
Fortunately for Favela, her playoff dreams are not finished.
Coach Brummett was impressed when the young woman asked to return to the soccer team in midseason.
“She had such determination to play on the team again,” he recalled. “Marissa’s tough, fighting for everything.”
Though still recovering from surgery and chemotherapy, Favela felt it was important to return to the team when she returned to the local high school.
“My illness began when doctors discovered a benign tumor on my ovary last year,” she explained.
Surgeons removed the tumor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. But another tumor appeared, so doctors decided further surgery would be followed by several courses of chemotherapy.
“I was too sick to return to school, so I studied at home the first semester,” the Brahmas standout said. “The chemo made me nauseous and very tired.”
A third tumor was removed shortly before Christmas. Now, doctors screen her every six weeks with an MRI.
Throughout her ordeal, Favela’s spirits have been buoyed by family and friends such as teammate Angie Puerta.
The 17-year-old junior would visit her friend at Children’s Hospital as well as at home in Diamond Bar.
“I was very sad because she was so sick, but I was grateful when she began to feel better,” Puerta said. “I know how much she loves soccer, so I wasn’t surprised when she came back to the team.”
Favela, who has dreams of playing at Oregon State University, admits her strength and stamina is only half of what it was before her illness. But she says she feels a little better every day.
Favela didn’t look like anyone overcoming an illness at Wednesday’s practice, she looked like her old self, getting ready for another playoff run.
“We’re dedicating our season to her,” said Assistant Coach Jameson Campbell. “She’s a tremendous ball handler, so I know she’ll help us in the playoffs.”
Diamond Bar and Walnut High School business students competed in the State Leadership Conference in Santa Clarita on April 18-21. They’re members of Future Leaders of America (FBLA). They qualified for the competition during regional Inland Section contest in February.
Both high schools brought home many awards. Seven students also qualified for the national competition: Crystal Chang and Sachin Vernin from Diamond Bar High; Jefferey Huang, Hana Haideri, Annie Liu, Howard Chen, and Vivian Huang from Walnut High.
Read more in BIZ.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a really big production at Diamond Bar High. It has three different casts with more than 50 actors and actresses, plus twin directors.
No wonder, the drama department is adding two more shows, offering a total of six different performances this weekend and next.
While the students may be thoroughly modern with their iPhones and iPods, the play takes us back to 1922, when these gadgets were the stuff of science fiction.
Some would say a simpler time, but whenever it comes to love and life, do things ever really change? The zany musical opens with our ingenue from Kansas moving to the Big Apple to take a bite out of life.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story MILLIE.