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Burroughs Wins the 2013-14 “myBurbank CUP” Trophy

(L to R) Burroughs Athletic Director Jose Valle, Athletic Director Marty Garrison, Assistant Principal of Athletics Matt Chambers and Principal John Paramo hold up the coveted myBurbank CUP trophy  as champions of 2013-14 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(L to R) Burroughs Athletic Director Jose Valle, Athletic Director Marty Garrison, Assistant Principal of Athletics Matt Chambers and Principal John Paramo hold up the coveted myBurbank CUP trophy as champions of 2013-14 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Drum roll please….

Without further ado, it’s time to officially present the winner of the “myBurbank CUP” trophy presented by Trophy King and Gifts to John Burroughs High School.

By virtue of its 79-56 victory over Burbank High for the 2014-14 athletic calendar year, the Indians have won the inaugural “myBurbank CUP.”

“It is an honor for our school to win the ‘myBurbank CUP’ because it is the first time that our community has a competition that takes into account all team sports,” said Matt Chambers, Burroughs Assistant Principal of Athletics. “This trophy is not about an individual’s performance, but rather the efforts and success of all programs.”

Burroughs Principal John Paramo sits alongside the school's newest prize (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Principal John Paramo sits alongside the school’s newest prize (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

For the very first time in the school’s athletic histories, a challenge was presented to each school’s athletic departments to compete and earn enough points to claim the newest trophy in town.

This coveted and stunning trophy will be annually recognized for “the spirit of cross-town competition and the pursuit of athletic excellence.”

The “myBurbank CUP” presented by Trophy King and Gifts will be presented in August of each year to the athletic department of either Burbank or Burroughs High School. The trophy will remain at the winning school to showcase to its community until the winner is decided the following year and so forth.

The winner between Burbank and Burroughs was determined by the accumulation of points based on head-to-head varsity competition and athletic achievement (league titles, playoff success, bonus points for season sweeps against each other) during the school year. This pertains only to team competition and not individual achievement.

During fall competition, Burbank ran out to an early and huge 35-12 lead by taking the head-to-head battles (13-7) and conquering in athletic excellence (22-5).

Burroughs vs. Burbank

Burroughs vs. Burbank

Burroughs responded with a strong winter by dominating Burbank, 26-6. This included a 7-3 advantage in head-to-head matchups and a 19-3 victory in athletic excellence.

The spring sports season arrived with Burbank holding a narrow 41-38 lead in the race for the “myBurbank CUP.” An anticipated close duel turned out to be a mere afterthought as JBHS poured it on with a decisive 18-4 win in head-to-head competition and a 23-11 advantage in athletic excellence as BHS struggled down the stretch.

Burroughs took the spring by a total of 41-15 which resulted in a surprisingly easy 79-56 win in cumulative points to take ownership of the first annual “myBurbank CUP.”

myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan (rt) presents the trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan (rt) presents the trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Any success that was earned during the 2013-14 athletic year can be attributed to the commitment of our players, dedication of our coaches, and support from our parents,” said Oscar Macias, Assistant Principal of Instruction at Burroughs and loyal supporter at many Indian sporting events.

Last week myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan presented the “myBurbank CUP” trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo and the athletic administration (Matt Chambers, Athletic Directors Marty Garrison and Jose Valle).

Home Sweet Home for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Home Sweet Home for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

We would like to thank Burbank’s own Trophy King and Gifts located at 1509 W. Magnolia Blvd. They helped create and design this incredible trophy that will be kept each year at the winning high school. Please visit at http://burbanktrophies.com or call at (818) 848-3566.

The trophy features a base where each year Trophy King and Gifts will inscribe the winner of that year’s competition in either blue for Burbank or red for Burroughs.

On top of the base are beautiful acrylic pieces that feature the logos of both Burbank and Burroughs High School.

The top of the trophy features a magnificent silver cup that will stand out in the trophy case for the winning high school each year.

Wear your red or blue with school pride. Each athletic event now carries more meaning in the city than ever before. With that being said, best of luck to both schools this year as the battle for the “myBurbank CUP” resumes.

Here are the 2013-14 results sport by sport; contest by contest; season by season-

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Burbank Students Attend Grammy Camp

Three Burbank high school students, who are also members of the same jazz trio, recently attended the selective Grammy Camp summer program to further their intensive music study.

Drummer and percussionist Kobi Abcede, a senior at Burroughs High School, attended the Grammy Camp in Minneapolis earlier in July. Band members Josh Turner and Evan Mehta attended the Los Angeles Grammy Camp session later in July.

(left to right) Evan Mehta, Kobi Abecede and Josh Turner have formed a high school jazz trio. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(left to right) Evan Mehta, Kobi Abcede and Josh Turner have formed a high school jazz trio. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Grammy Camp was special from the other camps because it was the closest thing I ever felt to being a professional musician,” Abcede commented. “We got to work with other people, not just musicians, and we all collaborated to make something special.”

Bassist Turner, a junior at Burroughs, met Abcede, then a ninth-grader, when Turner was an eighth-grader in middle school jazz band. They joined forces with keyboardist and pianist Mehta, a junior at Burbank High School, after connecting with him at a Burbank-Burroughs combined jazz performance earlier this year.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Grammy Camp was an incredible experience yet again, it is incredible to be with other musicians and songwriters of a high caliber,” said Mehta, who attended the Los Angeles program for the second year in a row. “To play with world-class musicians and to be able to gain attention from people like the president of Capitol Records, the founder or Earth Wind and Fire, Justin Timberlake’s producer and major artists from around the planet every day is a priceless opportunity.”

In its tenth year, Grammy Camp holds one-week intensive workshops and sessions with music industry veterans and seasoned professional musicians in Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. The culmination of each week is the Launch Party, at which program participants jam onstage.

Students at Grammy Camp celebrate the program's culmination with a 'Launch Party.' ( Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage, photo by Mark Sullivan © 2014)

Students at Grammy Camp celebrate the program’s culmination with a ‘Launch Party.’ ( Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage, photo by Mark Sullivan © 2014)

Held at the El Rey Theatre, this year’s Launch Party for the L.A. program brought together the session’s 75 students who performed original material. Hosted by actress and singer Nikki Reed, the event was attended by Atom Factory’s Troy Carter, singer/songwriter Caitlyn Crosby and Roar Management’s Will Ward.

“I feel that my preparation and ability to seize opportunity allowed me to be selected out of thousands of applicants,” Mehta continued. “My advice to other young musicians would be to employ the same preparation and be ready to grind in order to become a full-fledged professional. It is NOT good enough to be just a great pianist, singer or dancer. You need to be able to do it all.”

Turner plays electric and upright bass and basically is self-taught. After joining middle school band in sixth grade, he continues to explore his love of music, playing in the Burroughs high school band and jamming with other local musicians like Abcede and Mehta.

“I am really influenced by Early funk like, Parliament Funkadelic, Brothers Johnson, Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band and Chic,” he said. “I am also influenced by Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, and Jaco Pastorius.”

Josh Turner, Kobi Abcede and Evan Mehta run through a jazz standard. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Josh Turner, Kobi Abcede and Evan Mehta run through a jazz standard. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Mehta took formal piano lessons until age 12. Since that time, he says he’s been self-taught from books and recordings. He also plays in the Burbank High School band program.

“I ran a jazz trio my sophomore year that played at reputable clubs in LA, most notably Vitellos, Vibratos and LA Live,” Mehta continued. “Now, I am in the process of creating a fusion band with some college musicians, writing for film, producing and writing R&B/Hip Hop tracks, learning how to mix and master tracks and forming business connections with older industry professionals.”

“We play mostly Latin and straight-ahead jazz standards that I have rearranged or re-harmonized,” Mehta said about the as-yet-unnamed Burbank high school trio. “We also play fusion, neo-soul and funk. None of my groups work with a teacher, they are self-led; however we have been approached by very reputable mentors such as Gordon Goodwin, Russell Ferrante, Ron Jones, Pat Senatore and others.”

At a recent rehearsal in Burbank, the trio sounded well put-together, running through recognizable jazz standards. The group intends to play at local school functions and around the L.A. area in the coming year.

BUSD Offers Free Summer School Options For Burbank Students To Get Ahead

Burbank high school students have a lot of options to get ahead on required school courses this summer. Burbank Unified is testing out a pilot summer program for initial credit classes run by Options For Youth (OFY) charter school at the Burbank High School campus from July 1 through August 7.

The OFY Summer Program is free to Burbank Unified students. The charter school uses Average Daily Attendance funds to pay the teachers, staff and fees and provide textbooks and supplies.

BUSD teachers, curriculum and textbooks are all employed for the OFY Summer Program.

TOSA Kenneth Knoop check a student's homework during class at Options For Youth's Summer Program at Burbank High.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

TOSA Kenneth Knoop checks a student’s work during class at Options For Youth’s Summer Program at Burbank High. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Our most popular class is Health/Careers,” commented Kenneth Knoop, Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) overseeing the summer program at BHS. “We have four classes of Health students and most are eighth graders going into ninth grade.”

The Options For Youth at BHS program also offers a Physical Education class. The free summer school has approximately 150 students enrolled in five classes.

“Most of the kids attending summer classes here are really motivated and are trying to get ahead and get those required classes out of the way,” Knoop added. “They’re really great kids… the super motivated kids who are willing to spend part of their summer in school.”

Burbank High School teacher Marcus Turner with students in Options For Youth's Summer Program at BHS.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burbank High School Health teacher Marcus Turner with students in Options For Youth’s Summer Program at BHS. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“The majority of the students in this summer program are in performing arts, like band or choir, and need to take a double block of classes during the school year to participate in some of those programs,” explained Emilio Urioste, Director II of Secondary Education.

Knoop, in addition to being a Phys Ed teacher at Jordan, also subs for administrators on leave in the district and is Assistant Football Coach at John Burroughs High School. As TOSA, he is acting as supervisor of the summer program, and right now, he is also the substitute teacher and the nurse.

“This is the first year run for this program and we are still working the kinks out, but it’s going very well,” he added.

Knoop acknowledged BHS Principal Michael Bertram and the school’s administrative staff are on site, along with custodial and cafeteria support.

“They’ve all been really great and very helpful,” he said.

Burroughs High School Health teacher Amy Lucas works with students at the Options For Youth Summer Program at Burbank High School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burroughs High School Health teacher Amy Lucas works with students at the Options For Youth Summer Program at Burbank High School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

During the summer hours, students in the Phys Ed class exercise outside in the early hours of school, which begins at 7:40 a.m. For the rest of the day, until 1:00 p.m., the students complete in class writing assignments. Teachers take a few breaks, including one for lunch.

The students in the Health/Careers classes cover all the material studied during the school year in six weeks. One day of summer school is equivalent to one week of classes during the school year. Summer school runs four days per week. Absences are frowned upon and missing more than two days out of the summer session may result in being dropped from the program.

Grades for completed summer classes are transferred directly to the student’s transcript.

“Our offering of these programs through Options For Youth is in line with our superintendent’s emphasis on the need to be flexible and provide options for today’s students and their families,” Urioste added. “This vision of greater options and flexibility is what Dr. Jan Britz holds up for the administrators and reminds us to pursue.”

Teacher Marcus Turner's students think about Health/Careers.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Teacher Marcus Turner’s students think about Health/Careers. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

An online summer program via OFY is also available to BUSD high school students for both initial credit and credit recovery, with a referral by their counselor. The online program includes classes in social studies and English, among others, and students are required to attend the Options For Youth campus on Burbank Boulevard two hours per week, completing the rest of the class work online at home.

Burbank students may also take classes via Woodbury University’s Initial Credit Summer Program. Because of an agreement set up between Woodbury and BUSD Board of Education, courses taken at the Woodbury program can transfer directly to a student’s record.

The Options For Youth Summer Program seems poised for growth and may add additional classes and subjects next year.

myBurbank Honors Its Scholar-Athletes of the Year for 2013-14

Sidney Ortega of Burroughs and Burbank's Ethan Moskowitz (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sidney Ortega of Burroughs and Burbank’s Ethan Moskowitz (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

To excel in sports is a great achievement. To shine in sports and in academics is even a greater honor.

After four years of hard work and studious attention to academics and countless hours of sacrifice and commitment to their respective athletic teams, Sidney Ortega of John Burroughs and Ethan Moskowitz of Burbank High School earned their greatest reward- college acceptances to UCLA and Cal Poly Pomona, respectively.

Simply the best (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Simply the best (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pursuing excellence in the classroom and in sports has gone hand-in-hand for the two recent graduates. They embodied the true essence of a ‘student-athlete’ playing multiple sports while maintaining tremendous grades.

Their success in both realms of life has earned them the distinction as the myBurbank “Scholar-Athletes of the Year.”

Ortega, 17, excelled on the basketball court and on the diamond in softball while Moskowitz thrived in cross country and in track. Their sports are vastly different yet each had one common goal in mind at the end of the day- be the best you can be at whatever you choose to do.

Ortega was a member of the 2014 Pacific League champion JBHS girls basketball team and earned all-league second-team honors. She led the Lady Indians with a 10.1 scoring average and knocked down a team-high 54 three-pointers as Burroughs completed an undefeated league season at 14-0.

In softball, the Indians had a strong season as well finishing in second with Ortega again receiving all-league second-team recognition. She batted .518 and led the team with 43 hits and 37 runs.

Sidney Ortega

Sidney Ortega

Ortega carried an astounding 4.55 cumulative GPA during her four splendid years.

Burroughs recognized her outstanding accomplishments by naming Ortega the 2014 Mike Torrez Memorial Athlete of the Year this past spring.

Ortega fulfilled a dream come true when she was accepted into UCLA. From Luther Burbank to Burroughs and now to becoming a Bruin, Ortega has triumphed with flying colors.

“I didn’t plan on going to UCLA because I thought I wasn’t going to get in. But when I heard I did, I was doing backflips and cartwheels. I was so excited,” she said. “I get a good education and get to watch great sports there. It’s been a happy ending to a fairy tale.”

Moskowitz, 17, received the BHS cross country team’s ‘most inspirational runner’ award and was a second team all-league honoree as a senior. This past fall, the Bulldogs had a phenomenal season finishing second in league, placing ninth at the CIF Finals and sustaining a top-10 Division 1 ranking all season long.

In track, Burbank took second place in the Pacific League after another strong showing by the long distance squad in which Moskowitz played a pivotal role.

Moskowitz steadily progressed over four years into a reliable and consistent runner for Burbank. His best track times were 4:29 for the 1600 and 9:31 in the 3200. His top cross country marks were 15:37 at Mt. SAC and 15:09 at Arcadia Park.

Ethan Moskowitz

Ethan Moskowitz

Moskowitz’s efforts in school (an exceptional 4.25 cumulative GPA) and in sports resulted in Cal Poly Pomona accepting and welcoming him on to the cross country and track teams.

From John Muir to Burbank and now to becoming a Bronco, Moskowitz has deserved everything that has come his way.

“It’s very exciting. When I actually took a tour of the campus, I knew when I walked around that this would be the school I would go to. It’s a beautiful campus,” he said. “I’m going to major in business and it’s a great business school. And I’m going to be running on their cross country and track teams. I’m going to fit right in.”

As the two scholar-athletes begin the next chapter in their lives, they reflected upon what their high school experience meant to each of them.

“It was great playing two sports. The sports made a difference and getting good grades was important,” Ortega said. “I’m also glad I did it because it changed who I met. Some of those people are my closest friends. They made a big impact on me.”

“Burbank gave me so many great life lessons and experiences. I also made so many lifelong friends,” said Moskowitz. “I learned how to balance academics with athletics by just going home after practice and getting straight to work. I learned how to discipline myself how to get the work done. I wanted to make sure I took care of grades and do well in athletics.”

Both were also very appreciative of their coaches’ support and guidance through the years.

“My coaches (Vicky Oganyan and Doug Nicol) helped me get through adversity. If I was at a low point in sports, they would always help me keep pushing. I will take that through college,” Ortega said. “They were always helpful, encouraging and wanted me to do well. They pushed me to strive to do my best. Slacking wasn’t an option. Without them, I don’t think I would have been as successful as I am now.”

“They (Trevor Marca and Darin Wolf) pushed me and motivated me to be successful. They created an environment where the whole program helped each other with academics. The upperclassmen tutored me when I was a freshman and I tutored when I was a senior. We all helped each other. Being a runner for four years played a large part in that.”

 

Burroughs & Burbank Girls Summer Basketball Leagues Now in Action

Burroughs Girls Basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Girls Basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This summer will provide fans a lot of opportunities to see the future of Burroughs and Burbank girls basketball. Each school is hosting a varsity summer league on their respective campuses. Here are the schedules for the two programs:

Burroughs Varsity Summer League on Tuesdays-

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Burbank Girls Basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Girls Basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Varsity Summer League on Wednesdays-

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Burbank Boys Summer Basketball League Tips-Off on Tuesday

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Summer basketball has arrived and the Burbank Bulldogs will be hosting their annual Boys Varsity Summer League every Tuesday and Thursday beginning this Tuesday, June 17, and lasting until Tuesday, July 22.

The host Bulldogs, under the leadership of Coach Jerry DeLaurie, will play this week on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. vs. Notre Dame and on Thursday at 9:45 p.m. vs. Grant.

Schedule of games-

Tuesday, June 17
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
1 La Canada   vs. Paraclete Glendale High School Big 3:00
1 Glendale   vs. Paraclete Glendale High School Big 4:00
1 Harvard Westlake   vs. Valley Academy Burbank High School Big 5:45
1 Notre Dame   vs. Burbank Burbank High School Big 6:45
1 SOCES   vs. Chatsworth Burbank High School Big 7:45
1 Marshall   vs. Golden Valley Burbank High School Big 8:45
1 Crescenta Valley   vs. Grant Burbank High School Big 9:45
1 Campbell Hall   vs. North Hollywood Burbank High School Small 9:45
Thursday, June 19
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
2 Campbell Hall   vs. La Canada Glendale High School Big 3:00
2 Notre Dame   vs. Glendale Glendale High School Big 4:00
2 Harvard Westlake   vs. Knight Burbank High School Big 5:45
2 North Hollywood   vs. Golden Valley Burbank High School Big 6:45
2 Chatsworth   vs. Knight Burbank High School Big 7:45
2 Valley Academy   vs. Crescenta Valley Burbank High School Big 8:45
2 Burbank   vs. Grant Burbank High School Big 9:45
2 SOCES   vs. Marshall Burbank High School Small 9:45
Tuesday, June 24
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
3 La Canada   vs. Crescenta Valley Glendale High School Big 3:00
3 Marshall   vs. Glendale Glendale High School Big 4:00
3 SOCES   vs. Paraclete Burbank High School Big 5:45
3 Notre Dame   vs. Golden Valley Burbank High School Big 6:45
3 Valley Academy   vs. Paraclete Burbank High School Big 7:45
3 Harvard Westlake   vs. Chatsworth Burbank High School Big 8:45
3 Burbank   vs. North Hollywood Burbank High School Big 9:45
3 Campbell Hall   vs. Grant Burbank High School Small 9:45
Thursday, June 26
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
4 Marshall   vs. Campbell Hall Glendale High School Big 3:00
4 Glendale   vs. SOCES Glendale High School Big 4:00
4 Knight   vs. Burbank Burbank High School Big 5:45
4 Golden Valley   vs. Chatsworth Burbank High School Big 6:45
4 Knight   vs. North Hollywood Burbank High School Big 7:45
4 Harvard Westlake   vs. La Canada Burbank High School Big 8:45
4 Grant   vs. Valley Academy Burbank High School Big 9:45
4 Crescenta Valley   vs. Notre Dame Burbank High School Small 9:45
Tuesday, July 1
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
5 Crescenta Valley   vs. North Hollywood Glendale High School Big 3:00
5 Glendale   vs. Chatsworth Glendale High School Big 4:00
5 Grant   vs. Paraclete Burbank High School Big 5:45
5 Marshall   vs. Burbank Burbank High School Big 6:45
5 Paraclete   vs. Golden Valley Burbank High School Big 7:45
5 Harvard Westlake   vs. SOCES Burbank High School Big 8:45
5 La Canada   vs. Valley Academy Burbank High School Big 9:45
5 Campbell Hall   vs. Notre Dame Burbank High School Small 9:45
Tuesday, July 8
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
6 Notre Dame   vs. Grant Glendale High School Big 3:00
6 Campbell Hall   vs. Glendale Glendale High School Big 4:00
6 Chatsworth   vs. Paraclete Burbank High School Big 5:45
6 Burbank   vs. Golden Valley Burbank High School Big 6:45
6 Burbank White   vs. Paraclete Burbank High School Big 7:45
6 Harvard Westlake   vs. North Hollywood Burbank High School Big 8:45
6 La Canada   vs. Marshall Burbank High School Big 9:45
6 SOCES   vs. Valley Academy Burbank High School Small 9:45
Thursday, July 10
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
7 Notre Dame   vs. SOCES Glendale High School Big 3:00
7 North Hollywood   vs. Glendale Glendale High School Big 4:00
7 Harvard Westlake   vs. Knight Burbank High School Big 5:45
7 Golden Valley   vs. Grant Burbank High School Big 6:45
7 Knight   vs. Valley Academy Burbank High School Big 7:45
7 Chatsworth   vs. Marshall Burbank High School Big 8:45
7 Burbank   vs. La Canada Burbank High School Big 9:45
7 Burbank White   vs. Campbell Hall Burbank High School Small 9:45
Tuesday, July 15
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
8 Grant   vs. La Canada Glendale High School Big 3:00
8 Harvard Westlake   vs. Glendale Glendale High School Big 4:00
8 Paraclete   vs. Campbell Hall Burbank High School Big 5:45
8 Golden Valley   vs. SOCES Burbank High School Big 6:45
8 Paraclete   vs. Notre Dame Burbank High School Big 7:45
8 Valley Academy   vs. Marshall Burbank High School Big 8:45
8 Chatsworth   vs. Burbank Burbank High School Big 9:45
8 North Hollywood   vs. Burbank White Burbank High School Small 9:45
Thursday, July 17
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
9 Harvard Westlake   vs. Marshall Glendale High School Big 3:00
9 Glendale   vs. La Canada Glendale High School Big 4:00
9 Knight   vs. Notre Dame Burbank High School Big 5:45
9 North Hollywood   vs. Chatsworth Burbank High School Big 6:45
9 Knight   vs. Burbank Burbank High School Big 7:45
9 Valley Academy   vs. Campbell Hall Burbank High School Big 8:45
9 Grant   vs. SOCES Burbank High School Big 9:45
9 Golden Valley   vs. Burbank White Burbank High School Small 9:45
Tuesday, July 22
Team 1 Team 2 Location Gym Time
10 Chatsworth   vs. Campbell Hall Glendale High School Big 3:00
10 Golden Valley   vs. Glendale Glendale High School Big 4:00
10 Knight   vs. Valley Academy Burbank High School Big 5:45
10 North Hollywood   vs. La Canada Burbank High School Big 6:45
10 Knight   vs. Marshall Burbank High School Big 7:45
10 Harvard Westlake   vs. Grant Burbank High School Big 8:45
10 Burbank   vs. SOCES Burbank High School Big 9:45
10 Burbank White   vs. Notre Dame Burbank High School Small 9:45

Media City Community Credit Union Awards Scholarship

Burbank’s Media City Community Credit Union (MCCCU) awarded one $500 scholarship to UCLA-bound Burbank High School senior Brett Michael Camacho in May.

Camacho has a strong interest in Applied Sciences and plans to major in Engineering at UCLA, said MCCCU Business Development Rep Maricela Castillo.

Media City CCU announced the scholarship opportunity in March 2014 and awarded the funds on May 15. Students provided official academic transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, mentors or employers.

A team comprised of members of the MCCCU Board of Directors and management reviewed the applications and selected the top candidate based on academic achievement and contributions to the school and the community.
 

Quang Dang (MCCCU, Chairman of the Board) and Scholarship Award recipient Brett Michael Camacho. (Photo Courtesy of Media City Community Credit Union)

The scholarship assists a college-bound graduating senior with money towards tuition, books or other educational expenses.

“Media City CCU  is delighted to be able to help our young members achieve their educational goals by helping them further their education with our annual scholarship award. Our dedication to the community starts with helping our young members achieve a brighter financial future," commented Quang Dang, MCCCU Chairman of the Board.

Burbank’s James Williams Turns Football Dream into a Reality

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Burbank star James Williams is Washington State-bound in 2015 (Photo courtesy of James Williams twitter)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Summer football begins Monday for the Burbank High football team and no one is more revved up than senior tailback James Williams.

With talent oozing on every breathtaking move of his, Williams fulfilled a lifetime dream by being offered a division one scholarship. He then made it a reality when he verbally committed to Washington State University last month.

“When they (Washington State) told me they wanted to offer me a full scholarship I was very excited. I knew that my dream was coming true,” Williams said. “It took a lot of weight off my shoulders. Now I don’t have to worry about going to all these camps spending a lot of money. All I have to do now is worry about school, football and passing my SAT.”

James Williams

James Williams

First-year Burbank head coach Richard Broussard has been smiling ear-to-ear seeing his prodigy reap the reward of hard work.

“James deserves it. He’s our hardest worker and our best player,” Broussard said. “If anyone deserves a scholarship offer and the opportunity to play college football, it’s him. He worked for it and he earned it. When you’re good and you work hard, good things happen to you.”

With one season left at Burbank, Williams has three goals left in mind: first, to win a league title. Second, to win the schools’ first-ever CIF championship. Third, to set the school single-season rushing record. All of these goals are within reach.

Burbank’s nemesis in the Pacific League recently has been Muir. The Mustangs have won back-to-back league titles during Williams’ time on the varsity.

A year ago the Bulldogs lost in the CIF Southeast Division semifinals to La Serna, 28-21, the eventual CIF champions. Burbank won a school record 10 games but didn’t have a healthy Williams for the tilt against the Lancers.

What might have been with a healthy James Williams we will never know?  We can only speculate.

The school records continue to pile up for James Williams (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The school records continue to pile up for James Williams (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What we do know is that Williams has rushed for a school record 2,912 career rushing yards on 297 carries for a whopping 9.81 yards per carry in his two high school seasons. He ran for 1,443 yards in 2012 and 1,469 in 2013.

Ulises Ochoa currently has the single-season school record with 1,504 yards set in 2009.

Williams scored a single-season school record 22 rushing touchdowns last year and has hit pay dirt 39 times overall running the ball.

When taking into account all-purpose yardage, Williams set the single-season school record in 2013 with 2,307 yards. He has lit up the scoreboard 46 times in his two seasons.

Against Crescenta Valley last year, Williams ran wild for 278 yards, the most ever in a game in BHS history.

“I’m just glad I don’t have to play against him,” said Broussard. “He’s a freak of nature. He does some amazing things with the ball in his hands.”

Add it all up and Williams’ talent and sheer ability have resulted in five college offers thus far: Washington State, Arizona, California, San Diego State and Utah.

Washington State coach Mike Leach with James Williams last week

Washington State coach Mike Leach with James Williams last week (Photo courtesy of James Williams twitter)

This past weekend Williams visited Wazzou and hasn’t wavered in his commitment to the Cougars.

“Washington State’s running back gets the ball a lot more than anyone on the field. I can go there and catch, and run, block and do everything,” he said. “I’m trying to get as big and as fast I can before the season. I want to be ready for the Pac-12.”

Will the bitter cold of Pullman, Wash., in the Northwest be an issue?

“The cold won’t be anything because I’m from Ohio,” said the Ohio-born Williams.

The regular season begins August 29 at Ayala. Expect Broussard to give the ball to Williams more than he has ever before. A record-breaking season by Williams and possibly a championship season in one form or another by the Bulldogs will be at the forefront for 2014.

In the meantime, Williams’ commitment to WSU is an ongoing celebration for the Burbank family.

“It’s awesome and great for the school. The amount of exposure with a bunch of division one schools on campus has been great,” Broussard said. “We’ve never had this much traffic since I’ve been here. We are blessed to be over here at Burbank. We need to relish in it and appreciate it.”

 

BASH Celebrates Burbank High Student Short Films

Burbank High School’s animation program celebrated the culmination of the school year at the Best Animated Shorts (BASH) showcase at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. The studio hosted students and their families, handed out certificates and everyone enjoyed a catered meal prepared by the BHS Culinary Arts program.

Approximately 70 students enrolled in the Beginning and Advanced Animation classes taught by Jonelle Pickett this past school year. The best student animated shorts were shown at the BASH event. Some of the student work was guided by a Nickelodeon mentor.

Nickelodeon's Carson Smith, Burbank High School teacher Jonelle Pickett and BUSD's Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator Peggy Flynn at BASH. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Nickelodeon’s Carson Smith, Burbank High School teacher Jonelle Pickett and BUSD’s Visual Arts Coordinator Peggy Flynn at BASH. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“We began the mentorship program this year and 10 students were paired with 10 Nickelodeon mentors, from a variety of shows and job descriptions, who helped students improve their animation from storyboard through to final animated product,” commented Pickett.

“All the animation classes also had guest speakers from Nickelodeon who taught techniques in animation-related fields such as backgrounds, character and prop design and color theory,” she added.

Nickelodeon mentor Allan Jacobsen (Animation Director, Dora and Friends) advised freshman Jacob Sugars as he created "Curry In A Hurry." (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Nickelodeon mentor Allan Jacobsen (Animation Director, Dora and Friends) advised freshman Jacob Sugars as he created “Curry In A Hurry.” (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The animation program at Burbank High School is supported through a partnership with Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Carson Smith, Nickelodeon Human Resources Manager, has developed the program with Pickett, after being connected by BUSD’s Visual Arts Coordinator Peggy Flynn.

Welcoming the students and families to BASH 2, Smith talked about one of the goals of the program is to let kids know a job in animation is a real job with a real paycheck. Of the 550 current employees at the Burbank campus, at least 300 are artists, he said.

Kendra Sazon, grade 10, smiles with mentor Jeffry Mazon (Background Painter, TMNT.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Kendra Sazon, grade 10, smiles with mentor Jeffry Mazon (Background Painter, TMNT.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Smith thanked Flynn and Pickett for their efforts to bring the animation program to Burbank students and lauded Pickett’s work, calling her the driving force behind the program.

One of the shorts shown was “Big Love” by Kendra Sazon, which also won first place in the L.A. County Student Media Festival held in May. Another of Sazon’s shorts, created with input from Nickelodeon mentor and background painter Jeffry Mazon, “Crane” was shown.

Several other shorts screened included “Clocked” by Evelyna Naziri, Sabrinna Bates’ “Toy Tank,” “Common Core” by Sebastian Schug, “Snow Day” by Elaine Morales and “Beaute Envoutante” by Gabriella Collins, Xochitl Torres, Jasmine Cooper and Emilia Escobedo.

“Kitty and Bunny” by Kitty Cimini, “The Nose” by Sergio Quintanar, Gor Gevorkyan and Andy Lee, “Caffeine Romance” by Anye Kaverdian, “Paradise” by Marina Common, Veronica Cranston, Gabriel Ellman and Alberto Carrisoza and the hilarious “Curry In A Hurry” by Jacob Sugars were also presented.

Each student or group of students introduced their animated short and talked about their creative process and future plans.

“What I love about animating is that you can take something illogical and make it seem real,” said senior Gabriel Ellman.

Scene from "Clocked" by Evelyna Nazari. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Scene from “Clocked” by Evelyna Nazari. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sarah Brown Resigns as Burbank Girls Volleyball Coach

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

During the past three years, the Burbank High girls’ volleyball program became one of the region’s most improved and successful squads. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, the orchestrator of their rise to prominence has stepped down.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Coach Sarah Brown resigned on Monday after seven years on the job to spend more time with her family.

“I just realized my heart wasn’t in it 100 percent anymore. I just really love being home with my kids,” Brown said. “My daughter starts preschool in the fall, and I just thought that I am never going to get these years back and they are going too fast.

“I still love coaching, and I am sure I will be doing it again in my life. I felt like I wasn’t going to do as good of a job as I should. I wanted to be fair to everyone. I ask a lot of my athletes, and if I wasn’t willing to give the same amount of effort, then I shouldn’t be there.”

It was a tough decision for Brown to leave a job she cherished and a group of girls that she truly loved.

“I will miss the girls the most. I really love watching them grow up,” she said. “There is a big difference between 14 (years of age) when they start, and 18 when they leave. It is so amazing to watch them turn into young women. I still keep in touch with many of my ex-athletes.”

Brown established the groundwork for a successful program when she arrived to Burbank in 2007. Attention to detail and an emphasis on fundamentals and team play led to positive results not seen at Burbank in more than three decades.

In 2011, the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs for the first time in 36 years. A third place finish in the Pacific League (10-4) and an overall mark of 11-5 set the stage for 2012.

For Brown and her hard-working and dedicated group of ladies, it was a season to remember.

2012 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

2012 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brown led Burbank to its first league title since 1975. The Bulldogs went 13-1 in league en route to a 15-2 overall record and another postseason appearance.

This past fall BHS placed third in league (11-3) and finished the season, 16-7. For the second time in three years, Burbank reached the second round of the CIF playoffs.

“As I look back on my years at Burbank, I am most of all proud. I think we have not only turned Burbank volleyball into a league contender every year, but I really feel like we helped a lot of girls have a great high school experience,” Brown said. “Being a part of a team is learning how to be a teammate; putting something else ahead of the individual.

“I am proud of the traditions we established. Not only the desire and determination to win, but also the little things like our sleepover, big/little sister program, treats when all three teams win, etc. It has been a great experience for me and I can only hope the girls that have been a part of my program have had just as much fun as me.”