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Runner goes the distance

June 26, 2008|By Ruth Longoria

He’s described by staff and other adults at St. Francis High School as a self-motivated, great student. Ryan Tixier is an honor student at the school, a tutor for other youths and a dedicated athlete.

Tixier, a junior at St. Francis, was nominated as a Valley Sun All-Star for his positive attitude and impressive ability to complete every task he sets before himself. “Ryan is a terrific student,” said St. Francis High School Principal and freshman English teacher Tom Moran.

“Some of that is attributable to his natural abilities. But, the rest is the result of his diligence,” Moran said, adding, “He’s a very extraordinary hard worker. Everything he puts his name on, he wants it to be exceptional. He’s very impressive.”


Moran said his former English student is humble as well as being a great student. “Sometimes kids who have abilities lord it over other people, but you don’t see that with Ryan,” Moran said. “He’s always willing to help out other people.”

Tixier’s mom, Laurie Tixier, said Ryan is a very responsible and diligent young man.

“Ryan really does push himself to do things that you’d never expect of him otherwise,” she said. “He always goes the distance and he’s a great kid.”

In addition to rising at 5:30 every morning to run the track at the school, the youth is taking a chemistry class over the summer to enable him to take an honors course this fall at the school.

He also persuaded his parents to purchase an interactive language course so he could teach himself Spanish, which he has now mastered sufficiently enough so he’s able to tutor other youths, his mom said.

Ryan is the second son of Jim and Laurie Tixier, of Altadena. He was born in Pasadena, where he attended St. Philip the Apostle School for kindergarten through eighth grade. He has attended St. Francis High School in La Cañada since ninth grade. He has one brother, Matt, 19, who graduated from St. Francis High School in 2007 and is a freshman at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Tixier loves to run and has run track and cross-country since his freshman year. He has maintained an over 4.0 grade point average while enrolled in honors courses at the school. He was given a Random Acts of Kindness award at the school last term for his joyful attitude and enthusiasm for helping others. During his freshman year, he also was inducted into the school’s Academic Hall of Fame.

Tixier is involved in a Rock ’n’ Roll music club at the school and previously participated in the Latinos Unidos club.

He said he enjoys video games, discussing politics and hanging out with his friends. He also loves to travel and is looking forward to a cruise to Mexico next month with his family.

He plans to visit colleges with his parents soon, but, so far, is most impressed with the University of Notre Dame, and its aerospace engineering program. “I want to work at JPL or NASA,” he said, “or maybe become an airline pilot.”

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