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Hana Culbreath, 17, of La Crescenta has been accepted to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, the world’s premier fine arts boarding high school. Culbreath, the daughter of Wade and Teri Culbreath, will study theater arts at the Academy. Previously, Culbreath was a student at Crescenta Valley High School.

She received the President’s Scholar Award for academic excellence and is a theatre arts honor student from Crescenta Valley High School.

Interlochen Arts Academy attracts more than 500 young artists from 40 states and 15 countries. Together, they study music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts in a college-like setting.


More than 350 Lake Forest College students earned their bachelor’s degrees at the 137th Commencement ceremony that took place at Ravinia Festival Park in Highland Park, Illinois on May 9.

Among them was Keenan Buchanan of La Cañada who graduated from Lake Forest College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in communication, with a minor in digital media design. Buchanan is a graduate of Flintridge Prep School. Also graduating was Maxwell Linka of La Cañada who graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in politics with a minor in legal studies. Linka is a graduate of La Cañada High School.

Lake Forest College is a national liberal arts institution located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago.


Trixie Gomez, 19, of La Crescenta recently graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts. Gomez attended Crescenta Valley High School before leaving to enter college early after completing 11th grade.

Gomez was one of 135 students to graduate from Simon’s Rock, the early college, on May 25. Thirty-six undergraduates received their B.A. degrees and 99 students received their A.A. degrees.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, founded in 1966 and nestled in the Berkshires, is the only college in the country specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to enter college early, usually after the 10th or 11th grade.


Lisa Kenigson of La Crescenta was named to the chancellor’s list at Troy University in Alabama for the summer semester/term five of the 2014-15 academic year.

The chancellor’s list honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0.


Jae Lee, a 2011 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School and a 2015 graduate of Cornell University, has been accepted into the Teach for America 2015 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

Lee will teach in Greater Philadelphia.


Caylie Denham of Tujunga is a member of the 2015 Hofstra University volleyball team. The Hofstra volleyball team has begun its preparations for the upcoming 2015 campaign as the 16 student-athletes on the team have returned to campus and begun fall camp practice. Hofstra is coming off a solid 2014 season as the Pride went 28-6 and captured its third Colonial Athletic Association title and second in the last three years.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked private university just 25 miles from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities.


Christopher Louk of La Cañada was among an estimated 6,700 graduates who participated in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s spring 2015 commencement exercises.

Louk graduated from the School of Business, Master of Accountancy, Business: Accounting. For more information about UW-Madison, visit


The San Diego State University fall 2015 semester welcomed its first group of honors college inductees, including Lauren Case-Mcfate, a Sunland native and SDSU student studying environmental engineering.

SDSU’s Weber Honors College features a unique interdisciplinary curriculum made up of small, discussion-based seminars and innovative teaching techniques that promote active engagement in the subject area and prepare students for high-impact educational experiences beyond the classroom, including study abroad, research, leadership, service, and creative activity; and for future graduate work and successful careers regardless of their chosen field of study.

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