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By Ruth Longoria | June 18, 2009
Empathy for others is what sets this week’s Valley Sun All-Star apart from the many great kids in this community. Kristen Hernandez, 17, a junior at La Cañada High School not only spends her free time helping others through church and community programs in La Cañada and Pasadena area, but she also recently created a documentary on the plight of the homeless in downtown Los Angeles and is planning for a career as a social justice attorney....
By Ruth Longoria | May 7, 2009
Music is a big part of his life, but it’s not all that makes La Cañada 7/8 student Jerry Joo a standout in his community. Joo, 14, is this week’s Valley Sun All-Star. “Jerry is a dedicated student and exceptionally intelligent,” said Cindy Blandford, eighth grade English teacher at La Cañada 7/8. Blandford jokes that her other students call Joo the “human dictionary,” because, “It’s very rare when we come up with a word he doesn’t know.
By Megan O’Neil | May 7, 2009
Hundreds of local school students, many sporting tattered sea-faring costumes, descended on Palm Crest Elementary School on May 2 for the school?s annual spring fundraiser, ?Springamajig.? Organizers played out this year?s theme, pirates, to the fullest, with the most spectacular piece of décor being a two-story tall inflatable pirate ship being crushed by enormous octopus tentacles. Children and their families enjoyed face painting, wall climbing, and carnival games, as well as a barbecue lunch.
By Ruth Longoria | April 30, 2009
A positive attitude and a dedication to getting things done is part of what makes this week’s Valley Sun All-Star a vital member of the community. This week’s All-Star is Malia Mailes, 16, a sophomore at La Cañada High School. Mailes has been in the news recently for her work in making Angeles Crest Highway safer for the community through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, presented in March to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council. She took that project a step further in recent weeks after the fatality crash at Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard, a tragedy that could possibly have been prevented had state officials heeded Mailes’ warnings and the City Council’s requests to get big rigs off the ’Crest.
By Ruth Longoria | April 23, 2009
  IF YOU’D LIKE TO NOMINATE an exceptional young person who lives in La Cañada or is a student here to be a Valley Sun All-Star, e-mail     "I’m very close to both the girls, I’ve known them since seventh grade," said La Cañada High School’s Assistant Principal Joanne Davidson....
April 16, 2009
Springamajig to be held at Palm Crest Elementary May 2 The always-popular Springamajig carnival day at Palm Crest Elementary School, sponsored by the PTA, is coming up soon: the event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, on the school campus. There will be a bounty of fun on the playgorund with rides, games, refreshments, silent auction and a talent show. For the convenience of parents who don’t want to have to keep digging out their wallets, wristbands are available that will allow children to play an unlimited number of games, go on an unlimited number of rides, eat a meal and take a turn at the cake walk.
By Ruth Longoria | April 16, 2009
This week’s Valley Sun All- Star is known as an “all around good guy.” La Cañada High School senior Sean Denney was nominated as an All-Star because he’s outstanding in the areas of sports, personality and integrity. Denney, 18, recently received a commendation from La Cañada High — a Spartan Star — for returning a wallet filled with money, credit and debit cards, which he and a friend, John Cha found on the school campus. Denney said he didn’t even consider keeping the wallet.
By Ruth Longoria | March 19, 2009
Turning 18 is an important milestone and combined with the excitement of college preparations, it can be a time of mixed emotions for most any young person at this time of year. However, for three La Cañada High School students there’s a bit more than typical amount of jitters setting in as they consider leaving home and their childhood friends. This week’s Valley Sun All-Stars — the Stathatos triplets Suzanne, Dan, and Sean — have shared toys, music, studies and even friends in the past almost 18 years since they were born, each one-minute apart, on March 26, 1991 at Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital.
By Mary O’Keefe | March 5, 2009
Palm Crest Elementary School students were sung to and honored at last Friday’s Spirit Rally held on the school’s playground. The rally began with teacher Paulette Lantz’s Melody Makers, students from kindergarten through third grade, dressed in their best Western wear, performing a series of patriotic songs. Tom Slaughter, a representative of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, honored Terrific Students of the Month. Teachers chose for the awards students who went above and beyond in school work and attitude.
By Ruth Longoria Valley Sun | February 26, 2009
Concern for others, creative endeavors and plans for a career in communications consume much of the schedule of this week’s Valley Sun All-Star. The girl with the big heart and dreams is Elaine Park, a junior at Flintridge Preparatory School. Park is the daughter of Austin and Cecilia Park of La Cañada. She has a brother, William, 15, a student at La Cañada High School. She was born in Glendale, lived in Montrose, and attended Learning Castle in La Cañada and then first grade at Monte Vista Elementary School, before moving to La Cañada in time for second grade at Palm Crest Elementary School.
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