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Burbank City Clerk visits Government classes at Burbank High School

Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins visited Christina Fahad’s Government classes at Burbank High School last week. Mullins talked to students about the importance of voting, explained Measure B (Voter Approval for Burbank’s Airport Terminal Projects) which will be on the November ballot, and explained the structure of the government of the City of Burbank. Thirty-five BHS students registered to work in polling places around the city for the election on November 8 through the Student Polling Program of Los Angeles County.

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Mullins said, “I am pleased to announce that after speaking with Ms. Fahad’s government classes about the upcoming elections (national, state, and municipal), almost 150 students committed to register to vote.  This was also an excellent opportunity to speak to our future voters about our government and the importance of participating in it. The students were very engaged and I feel that this presentation helped them understand that every vote counts and encouraged them to actively take part in the election process.”

Mullins explained the new registration forms that enable students aged 16-17 to preregister to vote, which allows the state of California to receive their contact information in order to send them sample ballots and voter information in advance of the first election for which they will be eligible to vote. As well, any student who is 17 but will turn 18 on or before Election Day can also register to vote with the same goal in mind.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Remington Firearms & Burbank High

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When you think of Burbank High School the last thing you don’t want to hear is that there are Rifles on Campus.

But this was not always the case.

As a matter of fact Burbank High and Remington Arms had a great relationship.   Remington provided first class arms and ammunition to the school’s Rifle Club. No one would have batted an eye seeing a student walking across the campus carrying their new Remington in its case on match day!

Students participated in matches at McCambridge Park and across Southern California. From all accounts the students were good shots and even talked about in a national magazine ad for Remington.

So remember next time you drive by Burbank High, that it was once home to first class student  marksmen!

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Burbank Burroughs Alumni Assn. Honors Four Educators

The Burbank Burroughs Alumni Assn. is having its summer mixer honoring past and present faculty from both high schools from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at Once Upon a Page, 2527 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Representing Burbank High School are Dave Thomson, who is a social science teacher, and Clyde Richards, a retired math teacher and tennis coach.

Dave Thomson

Dave Thomson

This is Thomson’s 31st year teaching. He was instrumental in helping to put together the history for BHS’s Centennial celebration. He was also the self-study coordinator in 2013 when the school prepared for its accreditation visit, which resulted in a six-year term due to Thomson’s leadership.

Clyde Richards

Clyde Richards

Richards retired as a math teacher, but is renowned for cultivating a boys’ tennis dynasty. His teams advanced to the CIF division quarterfinals 12 of 13 years, capturing 13 straight Foothill League Crowns. He was inducted to the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Representing John Burroughs High School are Jill Sullivan, an English teacher, and Mike Krose, retired math teacher and track and field coach.

Jill Sullivan

Jill Sullivan

Sullivan began teaching English at Jordan Middle School in 1980 and moved to Burroughs in 1990. This is her 36th year inspiring students. She was Department Chair for more than 10 years and was a longtime advisor to the Odyssey of the Mind club.

Krose retired as a math teacher and track and field coach. He was the boys’ golf coach for 11 seasons and started the girls’ golf team. He was a fixture at basketball games where he worked the scoreboard for nearly two decades. He was inducted into the JBHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a substitute teacher for the district.

Mike Krose

Mike Krose

The three-year-old alumni association has created quarterly mixers to honor educators and to raise funds for scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Members have raised funds to donate scholarships to both schools over the last two years.

Guests attending the mixer are requested to donate $5 for the scholarship fund, but it’s not required.

The mixer is a great chance to chat with past teachers and reconnect with grads and meet new people. Alums and their families as well as past and present teachers and administrators from both schools are invited.

Congratulations to Burbank High Graduates – 2016

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Cameron Abachi
Kiana Abachi
Amanda Abelian
Nicolos Abelian
Tereza Abelian
Joy Abi Samra
Peter Abrahamian
Levon Abrahamyan
Loudvik Abrami
Brian Abramian
Caroline Adams
Ara Adzhemyan
Vicktor Aggerwhil
Paulina Aghakhani
Stella Aghakian
Tade Aghakian
Daniel Aghekyan
Edward Aguirre Rodriguez
Kareem Alaqrabawi
Brandon Alba
Sean Albro
Gilmar Aldana
Mary Alebian
Armen Alexanian Sarnaghi
Nicholas Alfonso
Diala Alhousari
Jamie Alonzo
Rawan Altawal
Andrea Amaya
Daniel Amaya
Mark Aminov
Hayk Antanyan
Denise Antonio Constantino
Jason Apinchapong
Neron Apiyan
Alondra Arana
Marcos Arana
Shant Araradian
Ian Arlington
Harutyun Arshakyan
Arthur Arutyunyan
Ruben Arutyunyan
Emma Asatryan
Mitchell Aslo
Erik Asryan
Teodrik Atakhanian
Andre Atamian
Nareg Atteukenian
Gor Avagyan
Nerses Avakian
Jacqueline Avedisian
Iskuhi Avetisyan
Ani Avoyan
Jacob Aytayan
Mary Aywaz
Christofor Azar
Angeline Azarian

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Henrick Babaian
Narbeh Babayans
Mikayel Badalyan
Eric Badivian
Anaeis Baghoomian
Shant Bagumian
Daniel Baker
Lilit Balbuchakyan
Alexander Balyan
George Barr
Cole Barton
Gabi Batta
Jesus Bautista
Maya Bellow
Jack Berberian
Jacob Bettis
Angelo Boccuzzi
Adriana Boghosian
Lisa Bok
Betsy Bonilla
Kurstin Bonner
Eileen Boonkokua
Isaac Bootchk
Victor Briceno
Steven Renz Briones
Franchette Brosoto
Daniel Bukujian
Brianna Butler

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Fischer Cabot
Jose Cabrera
Daniel Caetta
Joshua Cantong
Daisy Cardenas
Emma Carlborg
Spencer Carr
Jesse Carriera
Ashley Castillo
Rocio Castillon Quintero
Jaylene Castro
Nicklus Castro
Anthony Catello
Kevin Centeno
Annette Cerda
Katrina Ceurvorst
Christina Chae
Maghi Chahla
Edwin Chavez
Fernando Chavez
Juan Chavez
David Chavez Jr
Daniel Choi
Sally Choi
YouSol Choi
Jeremy Chong
Charlene Chua
Alan Chung
Richard Cifuentes
Allexis Clark
Cristina Contreras
Chelsy Cordon Rojas
Valarie Corona
Adrienne Coronel
Robert Cravens
Jennifer Cruz
Jeisy Cruz Aguilar
Matthew Culajay
Madison Curtis
Saxon Cyphers

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Sharette Davidian
Evelyn De Anda
Noah De Simone
Naira Demirchian
Adrianna Demirchyan
Samantha Di Giovanni
Dominique Dibartolomeo
Emily Diep
Elyssa Dimaano
Sahak Dokhalov
Garret Dolan
Freya Downey
Noa Drake-Kain
Julia Duarte
Rachel Duncan
Sean Durghalli
Alina Dzhugaryan

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Lia Ebrahimi
Nathan Ebrahimpour
Donna Eissoh
Cristine Ekimyan
Melina Eliasyan
Ahmad Elzaiat
Hannah Erickson
Tony Escamilla
Giselle Escobar
Emily Eskidjian
Miguel Lorenzo Estagle
Steven Estiban
Maya Evans

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Everett Fair
Dalia Farazdaghi
Daniella Felipe
Candela Fernandez
Calie Flick
Alonso Flores
Leslie Flores
Giselle Flores Alvarado
Elizabeth Frausto

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Arman Gabrielian
Colleen Gabrimassihi
Arthur Galadzhyan
Nicolette Galstjan
Levon Galstyan
Krishil Gandhi
Amanda Garcia
Brianna Garcia
Eduardo Garcia
Raul Garcia
Victoria Garcia
Graciela Garcia Cortez
Robert Garibyan
Anndrea Garza
Stephen Garza
Ani Gazazyan
Adriana Gentile
Anastasia George
Darya Gerami
Maryann Gevshanyan
Pedrum Ghaibi
Celine Ghanbary
David Gharibian
Elena Gharibjanian
Tigran Gharibyan
Edrin Ghazarian
Cassandra Ghoghas
Salma Ghonim
Joshua Giammichele
Don Gibson
James Gold
Amanda Gonzalez
Brenda Gonzalez
Bryan Gonzalez
Kimberly Gonzalez
Marc Gonzalez
Samantha Gonzalez
Mariana Gonzalez Cosenza
Kaylee Gorgei
Kristen Gourrier
Daniella Green
Dvin Grigorian
Nelly Grigorian
Adam Gross
Hai Gu
Adriana Gutierrez

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Heidi Hagan
Alec Hagopian
Mari Hajian
Brandon Han
Andrew Hank
Elie Hanno
Odeni Haratonian
Matthew Harkness
Harut Haroutunian
Maria Harris
Noel Harris
Gabby Hart
Nazli Hartooni
Chris Hartounias
Ani Harutyunyan
Hripsime Harutyunyan
Alexia Hatun
Alyssa Hawara
Daniel Hernandez
Manuel Hernandez
Timothy Hibbard
Jason Hidalgo
Sofia Hidalgo
Ashley Hinterlong
Cade Hollingsworth
Jha’Rod Horhn
Sean Hovanesian
Iren Hovhannisyan
Yesenia Hurtado Flores
Ryan Hyun
Yoo Jin Hyun

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Ani Ibranyan
Amber Ingram
Anahi Iniguez
Ejmin Issayan Khongy

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Harut Janikian
Sarelle Janoian
David Javoorian
Lindsay Jensen
Chris Jimenez
Justin Albert Jobelle
Adrian Johnson
Taylor Jones
Evelina Josan
Hannan Julian

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Jake Kalender
Hagop Karaian
Anthony Karakinian
Alice Karapetyan
Kristina Karapetyan
Marie Karibyan
Sofiya Kastaktsyan
Lucine Kazanchian
Bryson Keefer
Cristine Khachatoorians
Hovannes Khacheryan
Kristen Khachikian
Meri Khachikyan
Vahram Khachikyan
Alina Khalatyan
Reem Khalil
Kevin Khanbabaian
Emil Khanlarian
Brenna Khaziran
David Khechumyan
Rita Khechumyan
Nazaret Khobiarian
Brandon Killham
Dong Suk Kim
Luke Kim
Roy Kim
Carlin Kinlow
Serozh Kirakosyan
Isabel Kocharyan
Gene Koo
Harika Kottakota
Yeva Kouzouian
Aram Krakirian
Rona Krikorian
Kasimu Kudura
David Kuyumdzhyan
Paulina Kyutunyan

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Jonathan Lacanlale
Tyler Ladin
Juliana LaFrance
Patrick Lance
Chase Laurent
Ghais Lazkani
Christopher Lee
Robben Leyton
Esmeralda Leyva Acevedo
Shant Lokmanian
Adrian Lopez
Aidan Lopez
Cynthia Lopez
Ligo Lopez
Oscar Lopez
Ayana Lowe
Ashley Lucas
Erin Lucas
Matthew Lyneis

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Holly Maclean
Jonas Macromallis
Hrayr Mailyan
Nicholas Makinen
Morgan Maloney-Gross
Miguel Malonzo
Raul Mancilla Martinez
Marina Manokian
Reneh Manouki
Edgar Manoukian
Kathy Mansour
Sargis Manukyan
Spartak Manukyan
Sydney Manukyan
Arman Margaryan
Sarkis Margaryan
Dennis Mariano
Emin Markarian
Cameron Marsden
Katherine Martinez
Suzanne Martinez
Alisa Martirosian
Hayk Martirosyan
Oceana Masser
Andrew Matevosyan
Vicken Matiossian
Katelynn Mayfield
Kelsey Mc Cord
Erin Mc Guire
Cameron McCoslin
Karly Medina
David Medrano
Cameron Meek
Andrew Mehrabian
Evan Mehta
Nicholas Meier
William Melikyan
Davit Melkonyan
Melany Melkonyan
Jared Mendoza
Artur Mheryan
Elizabeth Mikaelian
Narek Mikaelyan
Gregory Mikitarian
Anahit Minasian
Kyle Minassian
Agnesa Minasyan
Arman Mkrtchyan
Christina Mkrtchyan
Kristina Mnatsakanyan
Christina Monahan
Brandon Monette
Selina Moosisian Konaraki
Alejandro Morales
Lyna Moreno
Jason Mouradian
Kiara Muhammad
Alan Munoz Jimenez
Jennifer Murillo Baltazar

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Steven Nalchyan
Julia Erica Natividad
Michael Naughton
Adam Navar
Reneh Navasartian
Gilbert Nazari
Ara Nersesian
Samvel Nersesyan
David Nersisian
Lilit Nersisyan
Tyler Newman
Katherine Nizen
Christopher Noriega
Allison Norris
Nshan Nshanyan

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Gregory Ohanian
Maliya Ojo
Riley Oktavec
Kevin Orellana
Esmeralda Ortiz
Vanessa Osorio
Amanda Ouellette
Araksia Ovsepyan

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Danielle Padilla
Brian Paik
Caylee Palmisano
Arpy Pampukyan
Eduard Papazian
Gevorg Papazyan
Nora Papazyan
Davit Papoyan
Donara Papyan
Anna Park
Christian Park
So Yeon Park
Leo Parseghian
Lenneah Hope Pasion
Kiera Pauff
Paige Pauff
Tanner Payne
Jorky Peralta Payan
Dominic Perez
Morna Perez Consoli
Stefan Petrenco
Inesa Petrosyan
Ariana Pichardo
Christina Pilafdzhyan
Akira Pimenov
Caroline Pinheiro
Alexis Poche
Faith Pogosyan
Andre Poladian
Moah Pollas
Noah Powell
Lonnie Pryor

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Alejandro Quintanar

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Mariela Racine
Daniel Ragheb
Aileen Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez Sarmiento
Michael Ramos
Joseph Rangel
Edgar Reyes
Glenn Reyes
Yesenia Reyes
Jessica Reza
Rimyland Rezko
Giana Riad
Kayla Rivera
Mariana Robles
Ashley Rodriguez
Luis Rojas Perez
Lucas Romero
Jeffrey Roth
Rene Ruano
Devany Ruiz
Jonathan Russo
Heather Ryan
Kelly Ryan

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Danielle Salangsang
Vincent Salazar
Diana Salinas
Liliana Samayoa
Grigor Samvelian
Jordan Bradley San Pedro
Andrew Sanchez
Donna Santoro
Natalie Sardarov
Ani Sargsyan
Dianna Sargsyan
Galust Sargsyan
Tamar Sarkisian
Rosela Sarkissians
Henry Saroyan
Kendra Sazon
Natalie Schmidt
Sebastian Schug
Clyde Tristan Segui
Evan Senane
Constance Senter
Mike Setoyan
Syeda Shahab
Haik Shahmoradian
Celine Shamalian
Coleen Shamalian
Kristeen Shamas
Emma Shannon
Marcus Shaw
Logan Shea
Paul Shim
Berjuhi Shirinian
Alexandra Sibaja
Demarkus Simmons
Menooa Simonian
Gohar Simonyan
Grigor Simonyan
Marcia Erin Siongco
Justin Smith
Mary Sogomonyan
Erwin Soleymani
Julia Stanford
Anthony Stanis
Nelli Stepanyan
Benjamin Stern
Cailey Stevenson
Hunter Stockwell
Kirsten Stoner
Jamie Sumner
Melanie Surarith
Martin Swan
Nicole Szalay-Fiumani

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Annie Tagvoryan
Kyle Tanner
Grace Tarandek
Argad Tarverdi Masihi
Angela Tashchyan
Alexandra Tecson
Jandy Tecson
Nichole Telalyan
Zoie Telkamp
Manuel Ter-Stepanyan
Shant Terzyan
Jayden Thomas
Amalya Tonoyan
Stephan Topalian
Romina Carla Torokian
Artavazd Torosyan
Katherine Torres-Perez
Armand Tovmassian
Arthur Tovmasyan
Erik Tovmasyan
William Towery
Armando Trujillo
Maria Elena Trujillo
Daisy Trujillo-Tarula
Lilia Tsarukyan
Matthew Turcios

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Melissa Udall
Mahir Uddin
Sargis Umrikyan

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Katlin Valleroy
Genevieve Van Dam
Arsen Vardani
Anri Vardanyan
Carlos Vargas-Cruz
Abhinav Varma
Andrea Vasquez
Christine Vasquez
Nevin Velasquez
Alexander Verzosa
Fernando Vicente
Mia Viesca
Vincent Joel Villacorta
Ryan Von Hartmann
Shant Voskanian

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Alexis Watkins Jimenez
Troy Weaver
Jacob Wright

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Ethan Yang
Dylan Yanke
Luke Yee
Eric Yepiskoposyan
Frank Yokas
Michelle Yum
Yeojin Yun

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Arsh Zahed
Kristine Zakarian
Cristina Zargaryan
Shaddy Zbib
Sleiman Zbib
Jake Zedlar
Brenda Zepeda
Michael Zepeda

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BHS Pop Show ‘I Surrender To The Beat’ Played The Last Show Saturday Night

The Vocal Music Association of Burbank High held this years Pop Show ‘ I Surrender To The Beat’ Friday night to a full house. The show like every year is remarkable.

Directed by Brett Carroll and Assistant Director Randy Sage.

Here are a couple of pictures from last nights performance.

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Burbank High School’s Solar Cup Team to Compete

Burbank High School Solar Cup Team will be going to compete this Friday through Sunday, May 13 – 15 at Lake Skinner in San Bernardino County.

Students working on the boat this past Sunday.

Students working on the boat this past Sunday.

This is an annual competition for high school students to build a 16 foot flat bottomed boat and power it with an electric motor and solar panels.

There a two types of races they compete in. There is a sprint and a 90 minute endurance race. Competition also includes a Public Service Announcement and engineering inspections throughout the year.

This past weekend the team took the boat out to Hansen Dam to make sure that everything was working properly.  There about 22 students on the team each with an area of responsibility.

Team advisor is Mr. David Card, AP Physics instructor.

Burbank High’s Academic Decathlon Team Plans to Keep Win Streak

By Mikayla Branch
Featured Writer

We all know that Burbank High School prides itself on its athletic achievements. However, placed on the gem of academics, lies a shining facet- the Academic Decathlon.

The Academic Decathlon team, founded at Burbank High School in 1984, has continually proved their smarts- even to this very day. Throughout the years, the BHS troupe has collectively placed high in divisions of county competitions, earned top-level spots in cut tests, and as of 2015, has been ranked 40th best the whole entire United States.

Far left: Supervisor Val Biedelman with some of the Varsity and Junior Varsity Academic Decathlon Team Members (Photo by Mikayla Branch)

Far left: Supervisor Val Biedelman with some of the Varsity and Junior Varsity Academic Decathlon Team Members (Photo by Mikayla Branch)

Every year, Decathlon teams across the nation, and this year even China, are assigned a completely brand new curriculum to analyze, contextualize, and aestheticize. Students will master this nation-wide curriculum and the Burbank High Academic Decathlon is especially intrigued because this year’s curriculum is India. Within the curriculum, there are ten subjects which include Math, Science, Economics, Indian Art, Social Science, Indian Literature, Indian Music, Speech, Essay, and Interview.

The 2015-2016 Aca. Deca. squad is comprised of 18 students. These bright students range from freshmen all the way up to the seniors.

Although all of the students work and compete together to ultimately represent the proud Burbank High School, the Academic Decathlon team contains two groups (Varsity and Junior Varsity- nine students in each group) and within each of those two groups, there are three divisions (A GPA, B GPA and C GPA -three students in each division). In order to calculate which group and which division the student will be placed in, the BHS Decathlon students will be required to take the “cut –test” in January.

To prepare them as best as possible for the cut-test, the students will have to undergo a series a subject testing. The subject or topic of these tests can range from something as pleasurable as Indian music all the way to something as enduring as Economics. These exams are given out frequently throughout the months leading up to the cut-test, and are essentially designed to challenge the students and ensure that the students grasp the context.

The cut test score is out of a whopping 7,000 points. Depending on how well the student performs on the test, as well as his/her cumulative GPA, he/she will then be assigned a group (Varsity or Junior Varsity) and a division (A, B, or C). According to usad.org, to be placed in the A division, the student’s GPA must be a 3.750 or greater, B division- at least 3.0 and below 3.75, and C division- below a 3.0.

Now I know what you may be thinking. “I thought students had to be super intellectual with only straight A’s to join an Academic Decathlon team!” On the contrary, BHS Academic Decathlon Supervisor Val Beidelman (as well as an English teacher at BHS) in fact encourages students from all GPA’s to participate and join the well-rounded team.

“In order to compose the team, we must have Honors Grade Point students (division A), Scholastic Grade Point students (division B), and we must have students with C or below grade point averages, or we cannot play.” said Beidelman.

(Photo by Mikayla Branch)

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Some may question if this organization inhibits teenagers from other extracurricular activities and obligations due to afterschool practice. Burbank High School Aca. Deca Varsity member Hiral Ashani (Class of 2017’) responds, “Not at all. On average, we only meet for about 2-3 hours afterschool. The Decathlon team understands students have other activities and they work around our schedules and have much flexibility with our hours.”

This year, the team has stated that they would like to have an Academic Decathlon team sweater. However to keep the price of these sweaters financially feasible, Decathlon kids will have to fundraise.

In an effort to raise some funding for the team, Supervisor Val Beidelman says, “In the past we participated in the Winter Festival here at Burbank High- but due to food restrictions, we could not continue. However, we try to participate in other funding methods any time we can. For instance, we sell the Burbank High School Bulldog cards.”

When Burbank High School Principal Bertram was asked if BHS supports the Academic Decathlon team financially Dr. Bertram clarified, “Clubs at BHS receive funding from two places. The ASB Funding and the actual school funding which is a little under $300,000 each school year.

Most of that is spent primarily on copy paper and ink for the school. What’s left of that is either allocated to the clubs or spent on school improvements- etc. For the 2014-2015 Academic Decathlon team, they were allocated a total of $5, 903 which was spent on sending the team to Sacramento to compete as well as covering Ms. Beidelman’s substitute for her English classes.”

As competition season is quickly making its arrival, the BHS Academic Decathlon team is gearing and plans to put their best foot forward. The team intends to maintain their five year streak of advancing to the state championship and perform even better. The team is very excited to represent the City of Burbank

Burbank, Burroughs Lose Major Leaguers

By Jim Riggio

There aren’t many that have made it to the Major Leagues from Burbank and Burroughs highs. In fact, there are five total between the two schools.

Both schools lost one of their former major leaguers recently as former Bulldog Frank Sullivan died at 85 in Hawaii on Jan. 19. Less than a week later, Burroughs lost one of its best baseball players ever as Ron Stillwell died Jan. 25 after a bout with cancer.

“As it is for all USC Trojans, Dad’s mantra was Fight On!, and he did so up until the very end,” Stillwell’s family said in a prepared statement.

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan

A starting pitcher, Sullivan spent much of his 11-year Major League career with the Boston Red Sox, who elected him into their Hall of Fame in 2008. In 1955, he was selected to the All-Star team and led the American League in wins, starts and innings pitched going 18-13 with a 2.91 earned run average. He was also a member of the American All-Star team in 1956.

Stillwell was a middle infielder who played in parts of the 1961 and 1962 seasons with the Washington Senators.

A right handed pitcher, Sullivan finished his career in 1963 with the Minnesota Twins. He had a 97-100 career record and earned 18 saves. His career ERA was 3.60.

Sullivan, who served in the Army during the Korean War in 1951 and 1952, lived on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for more than 50 years and worked as a director of golf for a number of courses after his retirement from baseball.

He is also known for being depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting called “The Rookie” that sold for more than $22 million in a 2014 auction.

Born in 1930 in Hollywood, he grew up in Burbank and credited his father for his success in a Society for American Baseball Research article.

“I grew up during the Depression, but my father always had a good job and he was always encouraging me to play sports,” Sullivan said of his dad who worked for a cannery in Glendale. “He had been a pretty good athlete and he wanted me to compete.”

Sullivan is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Mike (Leihina), grandson Kapono, and granddaughter Kea, son Mark and granddaughters Summer and Lauren.

Stillwell had 38 at-bats in his career and had eight hits, driving in three runs.

At Burroughs, Stillwell was the Study Body President and a member of the baseball and basketball teams.

Ron Stillwell

Ron Stillwell

He moved on to USC, where he was the starting shortstop, team captain and a Pac-8 Conference selection in helping the Trojans win the 1961 National Championship under legendary coach and longtime Glendale resident Rod Dedeaux.

Following his playing days, Stillwell earned a Master’s Degree, moved to the Thousand Oaks area and spent 34 years teaching and coaching in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

He also coached at the collegiate level, serving as head baseball coach at California Lutheran University, known then as California Lutheran College and Moorpark Junior College. Stillwell was also a coach with the United States National Team.

He achieved a prestigious distinction in the 1980s when his son Kurt became the second in the family to reach the Major Leagues, doing so with the Cincinnati Reds.

Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jan, and their three sons Scott (Teresa), Kurt (Angie), and Rod (Valerie), 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. He also leaves behind his younger brother Randy.

Two Burbank Students Selected for All Southern California Honor Band and Orchestra

Two students from the Burbank High School Instrumental Music program will be participating in the All Southern California High School Honor Band and Orchestra this weekend.  10th grader Gwi Park will be playing flute in the Symphonic Band, and 12th grader Samantha di Giovanni will be playing violin in the Symphony Orchestra. The honor groups are sponsored annually by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).

Participants are selected by competitive audition from students all over Southern California, so it is a great honor to be accepted.  The ensembles are led by nationally known guest conductors from major universities and professional orchestras. The students rehearse all day Friday and Saturday with a performance on Sunday. This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, January 24 at 5pm at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Director Michael Stanley expressed his pride in his students’ accomplishments: “Congratulations to Gwi and Sam for representing Burbank High School and the Burbank Unified School District in the All Southern California High School Honor Groups!”

Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. Mixer Refreshed Lasting Friendships

Former students thanked their teachers for being mentors during their formative years when the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. hosted a mixer Wednesday night at Once Upon a Page scrapbooking store.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The suggested donation of $5 will go into the scholarship fund for graduating seniors of both high schools.

Alumni association member Gilbert Tobon introduced Ken Tada, a Burroughs grad who also taught and coached at Burroughs. Tada had been Tobon’s Young Life leader throughout high school and after high school was his boss at Burbank Aircraft.

“Ken is a man of honor, integrity and all good things to model one’s life after,” Tobon told the more than 40 people attending. “He has gone on to reach millions around the world with his wife through their special needs ministry.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Tada thanked the association for being considered for the honor and said how his greatest gift was meeting his wife, Joni Eareckson Tada. She is founder and chief executive officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center as well as an international advocate for people with disabilities.

A diving accident in 1967 left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. During her two years of rehabilitation, she learned how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her fine art paintings and prints are collected by art lovers around the world.

School board member Roberta Reynolds and Connie Barron Trimble, who works in human resources at the school district, were students in Carolyn Bailey Grogan’s first class at Luther Burbank Junior High.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Trimble was brought to tears recounting how Grogan helped her through some very difficult times as a teenager.

Reynolds said having the alumni group honor Grogan was a perfect fit because she has touched the lives of so many students who are graduates of both Burbank and Burroughs.

Trimble also introduced third honoree Mary Kolegraff Rago, who planted the seed that grew to become the highly successful choir program at Burroughs. It continues today under her former student Brendan Jennings. Rago still volunteers with the choir program and works with students as a Burbank substitute teacher in music and English. She also conducts the Burroughs Vocal Music Assn. Alumni Choir.

Trimble teared up again because her daughter, Katie, is a product of the Burroughs’ choir program and after graduating from a four-year university is following her dream to sing professionally.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)