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James Christensen:

All-Star all around great kid

April 02, 2009|By Ruth Longoria

He describes himself as “loud and rambunctious,” but this week’s Valley Sun All-Star is hardly a disturbance to those who respect the young man referred to by others as “sensitive,” “mature,” and an “all around great kid.”

That all around great kid — this week’s Valley Sun All Star — is James Christensen, a senior at La Cañada High School.

The 17-year-old is involved in sports, he’s a musician, enjoys hiking, is an avid fisherman, and he’s an expert sailor, his dad, Jay Christensen said, adding that his son also is a great person.

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“James connects with people quickly and he never loses his cool. He has a wonderful way with people,” his dad said.

James is the son of Jay and Marian Christensen. He and his twin sister, Kathryn “K.C.” were born at Verdugo Hills Hospital and attended Clairborne School in San Gabriel, before the family moved from Pasadena to La Cañada. He attended La Cañada Elementary School for sixth grade and La Cañada High 7/8 and La Cañada High School.

The twins also have an older brother, Patrick, 19, a student at Pasadena City College.

Family is important to James, who enjoys time spent traveling and going on vacation with his parents and siblings. He recently helped his dad navigate a sailboat on a family trip to Belize. He also enjoys sailing with his friend Charlie Davidson, through a Catalina club.

During his early teen years, from age 12 to 16, Christensen was a Boy Scout. And, in fourth grade he decided to take up the trumpet. A jazz fan, he and his friends hoped to start their own jazz band, he recalled. He continued to perfect his musical abilities and played trumpet in the La Cañada High School marching band before deciding to devote more of his time to his passion for sports.

Through his youth, Christensen has been involved in numerous sports, including baseball, soccer, basketball, and tennis.

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