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By Joe Puglia | July 13, 2011
Girls can do anything, part two. Barbara Schuman was the brightest kid in the neighborhood. She excelled in school, could throw a ball as far as any boy, climb a tree, run like the wind, and was prettier than a picture. Barbara believed that everything was possible. The cloud of socialization had not yet consumed her, telling her what she could and couldn't be. As she grew older she was no longer merely a tomboy; she became an anomaly, an aberration of what was consider feminine. Last week I wrote some thoughts prompted by a remark by a Boy Scout leader who said, “Girls don't go backpacking - they make bracelets.” My column found its way to San Angelo, Texas, prompting a response from Carolyn Mioduski, a leader in Girl Scout Troop 5039.
By Joe Puglia | July 6, 2011
I was volunteering at an Eagle Board of Review, helping a boy transition to the pinnacle of Boy Scouts. His resume and interview were perfect. I had the last question: “Have you ever done any projects or backpacking trips with a Girl Scout troop?” He answered casually, “No, but I wish we had.” Afterward, I was chatting with the Scout leaders when one of the men rolled his eyes and, in a patronizing tone, said, “Dr. Joe! Girl Scouts don’t backpack. They make bracelets!
June 15, 2006
In a ceremony honoring its 74 graduating seniors, recognizing students of special distinction and featuring the Leader of the African Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Sr. Cecilia Nya of Lagos, Nigeria, as its commencement speaker, Mayfield Senior School graduated the Class of 2006 on Sunday, June 4. Per tradition, the graduates wore white dresses and carried bouquets of long stemmed red roses as they processed across the school's North...
March 18, 2010
Members of the Don José Verdugo Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored five local students at its annual Good Awards ceremony held recently at Beckham Grill in Pasadena. The DAR Good Citizen Award is presented to students who are deemed outstanding for the work they do for home, school, community and country. They are selected by school faculty committees based on qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This year five young women, all seniors, representing five local high schools were selected for this award.
March 25, 2010
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By Michael J. Arvizu | October 12, 2006
At almost the same day and hour every year, there is a group of 30 young women whose adrenaline collectively rises and stays that way for a few minutes. And, at almost the same time every year, there is a group of seven girls out of that group of 30 whose adrenaline collectively rises and stays that way for months afterward. Monday morning, each of the 30 finalists stood on footsteps at the south end of Tournament House leading to a grassy area, facing the various television and newspaper cameras.
By Anthony Carpio, Special to the Sun | October 8, 2012
With the Pasadena City College Lancer Band playing in the background, Tournament of Roses officials on Monday named the seven young women who will make up the 2013 Rose Court. The women were selected from a group of 33 finalists, their numbers called out during a ceremony at Tournament House in Pasadena. The members of the Rose Court are: Kathryne Benuska of Maranatha High School; Tracy Cresta of La Salle High School; Vanessa Manjarrez of Mayfield Senior School; Victoria McGregor of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Nicole Nelam of Pasadena High School; Sonia Shenoi of San Marino High School; and Madison Teodo of La Cañada High School.
February 11, 2010
Roxanne Cook bows at Las Madrinas ball During the holiday season, Las Madrinas honored 32 Southern California families and their daughters for their service to the Southern California community and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at the annual Las Madrinas Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Roxanne Cook , daughter of Bonnie and Dick Cook of La Cañada Flintridge, was among the young women presented. More than 800 guests from the greater Los Angeles area, including the debutantes, their families and friends, gathered to celebrate with the members of Las Madrinas.
January 16, 2013
Members of the 2013 Tournament of Roses Rose Court were feted at a luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada last week. The young women introduced themselves to the club members during the event, held in Van de Kemp Hall at Descanso Gardens. They spoke about the experiences as court members and their plans for the future. Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez was accompanied to the luncheon by Rose Princesses Sonia Shenoi, Madison Teodo, Victoria McGregor, Tracy Cresta and Kate Benuska.
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