Five area students were recently honored for their citizenship at a luncheon held by the Don Jose Verdugo Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution. Presiding over the program were Regent Liz Craven and Good Citizen Chair Barbara Rogers.
The luncheon and award ceremony were held at Beckham Place Restaurant in Pasadena. Their school counselors and parents accompanied the students.
Honored were Stephanie Patton who attends Crescenta Valley High School; Anahit Shahbazyan of Clark Magnet High School; Jason Bunn, Flintridge Preparatory School; Alanna Pires, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; and Estrella Sainburg, La Cañada High School.
Patton is president of the Mock Trial Team, co-vice president of the Key Club, a member both of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation as well as choir and dance. In the community she is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, a Twilight Camp counselor, an assistant Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible School song leader.
Shahbazyan belongs to K.A.T.S. (Kids Against Tobacco Smoking), has worked as a counseling office teacher’s aide solving conflicts, has been in both Key Club and Robotics and the engineering club. In the community her activities center on young children. She has worked at the library, a Kiwanis camp and has been part of the Brand Park Winter Wonderland project.
Bunn is captain of the cross country and track team, president of the school’s Club for Christ and is an active member of the school’s Athletic Council on Leadership. He serves as a senior tutor in science and French. In the community he is an Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 21, a participant in the Pasadena Independent School’s Foundation and a former intern to nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager.
Pires is the ASB president, captain of the varsity softball team, a participant in an extracurricular creative writing class, a member of the Young Writers’ Society, a cross country runner and was junior class president. In the community she is a team captain for the Monrovia Relay for Life, a participant in the annual AIDS Walk. She also volunteers at a doctor’s office and in the school office.
Sainburg is active in the school’s Spanish Club as president, is a member of Bridge (a peer counseling group on campus), is in the concert choir, has been a basketball and tennis player from freshman through her junior year and is a member of the La Cañada Trails Institute. Within the community she is president of T.A.C.H. (Teens for the Advancement of Children’s Hospital), secretary of the Youth Outreach and Events Committee, is a Spanish tutor and a member of Lake Avenue Church.
By Jane NAPIER-NEELY