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By Mary O’Keefe | February 19, 2009
La Cañada resident and Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Moustafa Chahine was recently elected to one to the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers and scientists as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. ?It was a surprise,? Chahine said on being told of the honor. Chahine is the senior research scientist at JPL, he moved with his wife Marina to La Cañada in 1960 and raised his two sons: Tony, an eye doctor and Steve, a writer. Marina Chahine is a longtime teacher at La Cañada High School who is presently teaching advanced placement history courses.
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SPORTS
By Seth Amitin | January 22, 2009
Out he went quietly from the administration meeting last week after announcing he was done coaching football for La Cañada High. ?It was a good year to go out,? Coach Wheeler said in a candid interview with the Valley Sun. ?For 57 years grand total, 12 years here, I went out a winner. My overall record was good.? Coach Wheeler left his tenure with a winning record, 67-61-5. Though his on-the-field winning record wasn?t as important as his off-the-field one. ?Football is a small part of a kid?
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon | January 15, 2009
Dietrich Riley is a busy young man these days. He just recently returned from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas, where he competed in a combine before the high school football all-star showcase. Having already received scholarship offers from USC and UCLA during the summer, the St. Francis High junior is receiving notice from the top schools across the nation. Meanwhile, he’s juggling it all while starting for the Golden Knights basketball team. Then, of course, there’s the junior football season he just left behind, one in which he became the first Golden Knights rusher since 2004 to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier, as he started at running back, outside linebacker and returned kicks for St. Francis.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | December 25, 2008
He may have “stumbled into” cross country, but La Cañada High School junior Aayush Shah is making a name for himself running in that sport. Shah, 16, is this week’s Valley Sun All-Star. He was nominated by Valley Sun sports editor Seth Amitin. “Aayush is a really good athlete, a great runner,” Amitin said. Shah’s coaches at the high school agree. “I wish I had 12 kids just like him,” said Mike Thatcher, assistant cross-country coach at La Cañada High, adding that he appreciates Shah’s maturity and dedication to his sport.
NEWS
By Anita Susan Brenner | October 23, 2008
Twenty million dollars per year is a lot of money, but Manny Ramirez is worth it. Ramirez began hitting home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer after a complex, three-team trade. Since then, he has re-energized the Dodgers. He played 61 games for the Dodgers, with 21 home runs and 63 RBIs. He has inspired the younger players. He has ignited the fans. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Frank and Jamie McCourt, the owners of the Dodgers, will sign Ramirez to a contract.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | October 23, 2008
The ability to lead and to follow are two of the attributes of this week’s Valley Sun All-Star, Ryan Schiller, a student at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic School. Schiller, 13, was nominated for the honor by his teacher at the school, Barbara Kuhl. Kuhl, who teaches eighth-grade and is the vice principal at St. Bede, said Schiller is an outstanding young man and good student. “He blows you away. He’s a very articulate young man, with a beautiful voice and he’s very interesting also,” she said.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | September 4, 2008
When Boy Scout Patrick Moore approached the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge about earning his Eagle Scout award through a project at the center, it took a while to decide the optimum project for him, said Megan Nordvedt, executive director of the center. That’s in part because the youth is part of a large Boy Scout troop — Troop No. 4 in Pasadena — and his troop members are very busy doing good works around the area, she said, adding that the decision also took longer because Moore is such a capable young man, and Nordvedt wanted to make sure the project selected best took advantage of his aptitude and abilities.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | August 21, 2008
An athlete, scholar and all around good kid, that’s how folks who know this week’s Valley Sun All-Star describe the 15-year-old La Cañada High School sophomore. Erick Lankey was nominated to be an All-Star by family friend, Anne Tryba of La Cañada. “Erick is a terrific kid,” Tryba said. “He’s talented, smart and a really nice kid.” He is the son of Jeff and Becky Lankey of La Cañada. He has a younger sister, Kara, 13, and a 4-year-old cat named Buttons.
SPORTS
By Seth Amitin | July 3, 2008
He wears flip flops to the pool while coaching and hides his thick black mess of hair tucked underneath a ballcap. He’s wearing some swim shorts and a T-shirt and is more appropriately dressed for the beach, though he’s been caught on an off-day. “I’m not really prepared [for this],” German Lopez said about the interview, laughing. Now he has some big flip flops to fill. After months of deliberation, the La Cañada High School Athletics Department named water polo assistant coach German Lopez as successor to retired head coach Larry Naeve this week.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | June 26, 2008
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.
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