Ani Keshishian's (Administration) 12-year old daughter Ariana Keshishian (6th grader at Chamlian Armenian School) was awarded the first place in City of Glendale Neighborhood Services "I Love My Neighborhood" poster contest on April 10, 2013 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. There were over 10, 000 entries submitted from schools all around the district. As part of her award the City will be planting a tree in her honor at her school on May 21st.
In addition to this great honor, she has consistency placed first the California Math League Contest in her grade level and has also won first place in the Geography Bee for her school (1st - 8th grades).
Laura Matsumoto (DSPS) welcomed her second child this year.
Griffin Kekoa Matsumoto Buchan, joined big sister, Kale`a, on April 27, 2013 - weighing 9 lbs. and measuring at 22".
Karen McDermott (Business) has numerous literary accomplishments this year. Her short story "Goodbye Bobby Sherman" was accepted for publication by The Canary Press; her poem "Picasso, Self Portrait" was accepted for publication in Statement Magazine, (the fourth of her poems to be published in that literary journal), and the essay "The Sublimity of War" was accepted for publication by The Journal of Military Experience.
She was also hired to teach a "Writing and Reading Workshop" this summer for Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth.
Angela Morales' (English) essay entitled "The Girls in My Town" (originally published in the Southwest Review) has been selected to appear in The Best American Essays 2013, edited by Robert Atwan and Cheryl Strayed (out in October).
Also, her essay "One Small Step" has been published in the current issue of the Harvard Review.