Daily Archives: March 6, 2012

Bell-Jeff’s Johnson, “I’m Still the Coach” – Fight Still Under Investagation

Jaclyn Johnson denied a report she has resigned from her positions as Athletic Director and head girls’ basketball coach as the Guards (23-8) prepare for their Division IV state playoff game against L.A. Baptist (24-3) on March 7.

“Not true,” she said early Tuesday. “I haven’t even thought about it.”

The Los Angles Daily News had reported her resignation on Monday citing reports that she had resigned following a loss in the semifinals on February 25.

“As far as I am concerned the future only goes as far as Wednesday’s game,” she said. “This program is near and dear to me, this school is too. I am here because I am an alumni who is proud of what the Guards represent.”

Johnson did say she will sit down with school administration after the season, but she says this is common practice at the end of each season.

A former star at Bell-Jeff, Johnson went on to play at UCLA. Speculation had been that she had tired with the struggles that come with trying to keep the small private school afloat in tough economic times and declining enrollment in recent years.

In addition, Bell-Jeff has had its share of turmoil this school year, including a brawl at the conclusion of its boys’ volleyball match against St. Monica on Saturday evening as first reported by BurbanknBeyond.

At least one minor was arrested and one student was hospitalized. Police were summoned to the Providence High Gymnasium and questioned dozens of fans and players.

Johnson called the latest incident unfortunate.

“It is not something we condone from players who wear the Guards’ uniform and who represent our school and our traditions,” she said. “Emotions run high in sports, but there is no excuse for what occurred.”

Johnson did defend her coaches and players asking that no judgment be made until all the facts are learned. The school is investigating as is the CIF Southern Section.

“They have their version and we have ours but from all accounts my coaches had told the players during a timeout to control their emotions,” she said. “And the truth is that the officials allowed constant jawing back and forth throughout the game… this failure on their part was a factor in what happened after the game.

My Dean of Discipline and I will continue getting to the bottom of it and we expect all at the school to cooperate with the investigations.”

Johnson added that the rumored resignation and the incident at the volleyball match last weekend are unfortunately overshadowing a stellar season from her team.

Bob Hope Airport Announces “2012 Tower Banner Student Art Contest” Winners

The high school student winners of the Bob Hope Airport “2012 Tower Banner Student Art Contest” from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at the March 5, 2012 Airport Authority meeting.

Winners from all three school districts, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, gathered to show the Bob Hope Airport Authority their award winning artwork. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The winners were chosen from 148 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

This is the fifth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has invited high school students in Grades 9-12 to enter the Bob Hope Airport Tower Banner Student Art Contest. Each year, the Airport Authority chooses a different aviation theme for the contest.

This year’s theme was “Cleared for Take Off.” In 2011, the theme was “Up and Away” and in 2010 and 2009, the artists illustrated “Joy of Flight” and “Soaring to New Heights.”

Each school district is responsible for determining which entries are chosen as its top three entries. The arts and culture commission from each respective city then considers the three entries and makes the final selection of one entry from its school district based on the judging criteria set forth in the Authority’s contest rules.

The winning artwork from each school district is displayed on the façade of the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower for a period of approximately three months where it is seen by well over a million travelers and airport visitors as they arrive and depart the terminal. The artwork is enlarged to 16 feet by 26 feet to target viewers who are on the move. Since the contest’s inception five years ago, $10,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will receive $3,000.

The winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

This year, Glendale Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Iris Kim from Crescenta Valley High School, will be the first to be displayed on the tower beginning this September:

Burbank High School's Nalani Hernandez won one of the First Place Awards and will have her artwork displayed on the front of the Bob Hope Airport Tower. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pasadena Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Ali Jakubczyk of Pasadena High School will be displayed starting January 2013.

Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Nalani Hernandez, will be displayed starting April 2013.

Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning September 2012.

The next contest will begin in September 2012. To be eligible to enter the contest, student artists must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 in the public high schools of Burbank Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District or Pasadena Unified School District. Students interested in participating should contact the art faculty or art department at their high school for details.