Congratulations to 7th Grader, Daniel Thurmond, on his acceptance to the All-State Honor Band. Over 1,500 applicants representing schools from throughout California auditioned. We are proud of Daniel's accomplishment and commend Mr. Tautkus / Mr. Miyoshi for their efforts.
By Bill Bruns
Palisades News Adviser
Daphne Gronich, the indefagitable president of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA) for three years running, has been named Citizen of the Year by the Pacific Palisades Community Council.
The Council’s Awards Selection Committee reviewed nominations received from throughout the community and voted to present Golden Sparkplug awards to five deserving activists: Sylvia Boyd, Patrick Hart, Amy Lundberg, Karen Stigler and Veslemoey Zwart.
In addition, the committee elected to give the discretionary Pride of the Palisades Award to Bob Benton, a prominent local businessman and volunteer commissioner of the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association.
“We had an unusually impressive list of nominated residents this year,” said committee chair George Wolfberg, the PPCC vice chair and a former Citizen of the Year himself.
The awards will be handed out at the PPCC’s annual holiday party on Dec. 8 at Gladstone’s on PCH.
First awarded in 1947, the Citizen of the Year Award honors a Palisades resident “who has enriched the fabric of Pacific Palisades through long term and continuing outstanding volunteer service as well as a recent extraordinary accomplishment which has resulted in a substantial benefit to the community at large.”
“Daphne Gronich is a worthy descendent of past winners,” said Wolfberg, on behalf of the seven-person selection committee. As president of PAPA since 2014, she has faced the daunting challenge of raising about $125,000 a year in order for PAPA to stage the town’s iconic Fourth of July parade and the evening concert and fireworks display. Gronich must also coordinate the work of about 20 volunteers on her organizing committee, from securing the necessary permits and insurance to staging the pre-parade VIP lunch and recruiting parade entries.
Yet ultimately, she derives deep satisfaction from the time she invests in PAPA. As she told the News in June, “The Fourth of July is part of what makes our community such a great place to live.”
Gronich, an attorney, was active at Palisades Elementary and now serves on the PRIDE board at Paul Revere and the school’s Charter Council. She is also leads the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation.
The Pride of the Palisades Award was created in 2014 to recognize an individual “who has provided extraordinary service to the Palisades community.”
Paul Revere's music students won scholarships and recognition at the Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA Music Scholarship Program 2016. Congratulations to the following students and their families!
Sadie kaufman - flute
Matthew Sasaki - saxophone
Kelvin Wei - clarinet
Haroun Daoud - cello
Nicolette Zargari - violin
Outstanding Performance Awards:
Emily Gavilanes - saxophone
Bryan Contrerras - viola
Vera Fang - violin
Honorable Mention Awards:
Brandon Cohenmehr - piano
Aaron Benyamini - piano
Kavita Sekhon - flute
Amber Cruz - viola
Parent Maryam Zar nominated as Volunteer of the Year by LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Maryam is PRIDE's Vice President of Communications, Chair of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and Vice President of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. This is a well deserved honor, congratulations!
7th Grader Wyatt Standish - All State Honor Symphonic Band.
7th Grader Mia Ruhman - Reflections Musical Composition "Imagine Love" awarded Award of Excellence by the Los Angeles 10 Dristrict PTSA and has moved on to compete at the State level.
Ms. Chen's Eco Homeroom and Ms. Istrin's Leadership class - Recycling Incentive grant from LAUSD Office of Environmental Health and Safety worth $400 in El Niño supplies.
Paul Revere Middle School Principal Fern Somoza was one of four Southern California educators invited to speak at the 2013 International School Principals Forum in Shanghai. From March 27 to April 2, Somoza and principals from Oak Park, Walnut and Burbank toured five schools, spoke to administrators and then presented a speech before 100 principals.
|Congratulations to Kacy Walker and Student Council students on their great accomplishment of collecting over 7,300 books, a 10 year high, for the organization Bookend's. This organization collects books from schools which are then delivered to under priviledged schools in need of books for their libraries and classrooms. On October 11th, our student council delivered over 4,000 books to Leo Politi Elementary School near downtown Los Angeles. Thanks to the donations by our student body each student at Leo Politi was able to take a book home.|
Congratulations to Revere's music students who won high awards at the LASMTA Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Hamilton High School on Saturday April 14, 2012.
-6th graders Emma O'Neil, Cindy Pace and May Kono earned a Superior rating for their performance of Pachelbel's Canon. Emma and May also each earned a Superior for their solo performances.
-7th grader Zachary Hirsch earned an Excellent rating for his solo performance on violin.
-8th graders Rachel Kessler and Sangeet Dhandwar earned Excellent for their violin duet.
-8th graders Michael McNorvell, Bryce Lozinsky and Lucas Crosby earmed a Superior for their performance of a Vivaldi cello trio with piano.
Congratulations to Team Revere for winning 4th Place in the 2nd Annual Mini ACA DECA held last week at John Burroughs Middle School. This year, 12 middle schools joined the competition, and all participants demonstrated a high level of mastery in a variety of subjects. It was an enjoyable, exciting day for everyone.
Thank you to all who helped paint the murals on the East Driveway wall. Read the Palisadian Post Article
Palisades Schools Collaborate on Gardens Read the Palisadian Post Article
Congratulations to Revere's talented musicians who captured the spirit and excellence of The Heritage Festival! Once again, Revere's talent shines for all to see. Last weekend, under the guidance and direction of Ms. Vanessa Dokko, Ms. Lara Jacques and Mr. Yosuke Miyoshi, Revere received recognition worthy of their dedication to excellence at the Heritage Festival in San Diego, CA. This year Revere walked away winning GOLD in the Orchestra Division, Gold in the Choral Division and Silver in the Band Division. Yet hold on to your instruments....Paul Revere's Team was awarded an additional distinction, the overall SCHOOL SPIRIT AWARD for their exemplary demonstration of citizenship throughout the two day competition. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations are due to science teacher, Mr. Craig Honda! Mr. Honda has been awarded an Earthwatch Educator Fellowship made possible by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Mr. Honda will be assisting researchers at the northern edge of the forest-tundra near the geographical center of the North American continent to study climate change. In this unique Arctic landscape he will study climate change at sites ranging from the tundra into the forest by monitoring changes affecting the gases stored in peat-rich ecosystems.
Congratulations to our history teacher Mr. Darren Bates as he was recently awarded the prestigious Lori Petrick Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011 by the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation. The Lori Petrick Excellence in Education Award recognizes and rewards teaching excellence and creativity in the classroom.
Congratulations to the members of the math department and the 145 current 8th grade students in Geometry for your great work. These students, who took 7th grade Algebra I, are receiving 10 high school credits in math.
Congratulations to the following music students who have been selected to participate in the LAUSD District Honor Music Festival.
Their first rehearsal is March 18 at LA Valley College. The second rehearsal is April 27 at CSULA. After only two rehearsals, concert time! May 1st at the Gibson Ampitheater.
LAUSD Honor Choir: Alex Holdom, Clare Hackwith, Kate Maninger, Molly Lovett, Lauren Smith, August Hartwell, Finn Snyder, Racine Drageset.
LAUSD Honor Band: Kevin Needham (Alto Sax), Yulissa Maqueos (Clarinet), Malaya Nordyke (Clarinet), Jennifer Cassling (Flute), Kevin Yong (French Horn), Chase Chapman (Ten Sax), Spencer Willison (Trombone), Matthew Mitchel (Trumpet), Asher Low (Trumpet).
LAUSD Honor Orchestra: Emma Engler (violin), Paul Joo (violin), Gary Matsumoto (violin), Luna Suzuki (violin), Anna Whittell (violin), Cyrus Dastur (violin), Laura Sussman (viola), Thomas Lin, Jr. (cello), Michael McNorvell (cello), Brooke Howard (bass).
Congratulations to all the Revere students, faculty and parents that contributed to Revere doing the most recycling and diversion in our Supervisorial District for the 2nd year in a row! The Board of Supervisors will have a Proclamation Presentation on Tuesday February 15th. Generation Earth will transport 5 students and teachers Angel Honda and Mer Mer Chen to the presentation.