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• Panorama has waited ten long years to have a publishing date fall on April Fool’s Day and the only thing they come up with is this dumb headline. Only fools slow down for spring break as families keep the action going from Miraleste to Malaga Cove to Lunada Bay.

Rain No Match For Lacrosse . . . Sea Kings and Panthers battle in Bay League action at Peninsula High last week.

Action Hits The Dirt At Second Base . . . The Intermediate A Hero’s Welcome . . . The Silver Spur Majors Dodgers get ready to greet home-run hitAthletics and Nationals compete at PV Little League.

Make Up

Sea King Set For Career

PV Student has the eye for a highglamour career in cosmetology. See Page 6

ter Takuya Wakuda after hitting one out at Ernie Howlett Park.


Miraleste Set For Spring Musical

Miraleste Intermediate is producing “Bye Bye Birdie” for its spring musical. See Page 10


A Black And Gold Affaire

The Peninsula High Boosters Club organizes to support its athletic programs. See Page 3


Sean’s Run At PV High

An Irish celebration and a run around the cliffs help one embrace the joys of life. See Page 2

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PV High Remembers DUI Victim With Celebration


• Palos Verdes High hosts Irish Celebration in memorial for Sean Heffernan.

By Shelby Ponce

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“Create joy and happiness in the lives of others”, the poet, photographer and runner, Sean Heffernan, once said. Heffernan was born March 17, 1995. He sadly passed away after being hit by a drunk driver on Jan. 18, 2013, at age 17. He was a senior at Palos Verdes High School. Since his heartbreaking passing, the Heffernan family has held an Irish celebration on Sean’s birthday with

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The Joy Keeps Running . . . More than 200 people participated in the celebration of Palos Verdes High student Sean Heffernan.

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Panthers Help Raise Funds For Athletes

Booster Club

• Peninsula High’s Athletic Booster Club held its 26th Annual “A Black & Gold Affaire” at the Palos Verdes Golf Club last week. More than $180,000 was raised through the Live, Silent and Online Auctions, 50/50 raffle, wine wheel, Gift from the Heart and generous sponsorships. Francine Mathiesen, co-chair of the event, said, “We are just so fortunate and thankful for the generous parents at Peninsula High. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to maintain our sports venues or have our trainers to keep our athletes safe and competitive in their sport.” The Athletic Booster Club helped pay for the newly resurfaced track, dance floor, tennis courts, baseball bleachers, weight room equipment, trainers and much more throughout the years. At the VIP pre-event party, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi presented Principal Mitzi Cress with the Assembly Proclamation acknowledging her distinguished career at Peninsula High

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Lady Panthers Here To Help . . . Peninsula High students cheerfully helped parents, coaches, administrators and guests through the event.

School. Kelly Johnson, Peninsula’s first principal, was a surprise guest and gave a touching tribute to Mrs. Cress about her incredible service throughout the years. She is retiring at the end of the school year and Brent Kuykendall, who was also at the evening’s event, will become Peninsula High School’s third Principal in 26 years. The Palos Verdes Golf Club was full of parents, coaches and sponsors bid-

Peninsula Leaders . . .

Peninsula students were busy handing out raffle tickets and keeping the evening fun.

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April 1, 2017

Peninsula Jazz Players Shake Up The Hill


• Peninsula High alumnus Sammy Miller and band lead fellow Panthers in a lively concert at Peninsula High.

By NIna Li High school helps shape students to achieve great things when they go off to college and eventually lead them to find jobs that interest them. When musician Sammy Miller attended Peninsula High School and then The Julliard School, he chose to pursue his passion of performing with a jazz band and eventually decided to create “Sammy Miller and the Congregation” with his friends. The lively jazz band is based in New York and has released original music along with tour appearances. In 2015, they were nominated for a Grammy and many other music related awards. The band includes Sammy Miller on the drums, Sam Crittenden playing the trombone, Ben Flocks on the tenor sax, Alphonso Horne with the trumpet, David Linard playing the piano and John Snow on the bass. Peninsula’s music department con-

sists of many varying music programs including marching band, music theory, concert band, orchestra and the jazz band, which perform alongside Miller’s band. The intermediate jazz band includes 20 students, and the advanced band has 21. Director of the music groups, Fred Steiner, has been teaching at Peninsula High for 13 years and was Miller’s jazz band teacher as well. When Steiner was contacted by the Congregation and asked if they could come and play again this year, he was delighted to be reunited with his former student. Playing with a band that has had experience giving live shows can teach a lot to students aspiring to start their own music career. The concert itself was exactly what the band wanted to communicate and the mission that they are on, “to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people.” The entire two-hour event was filled with upbeat music from both levels of jazz bands. The bands were accompanied with the singing of Josh Zeitlin, and featured solos from Ashley Hong,

Marcus Emery, Christopher Chien, Gabriel Nievez, Christopher Alon, Chris Mendez, Joseph Sweetnam, Nate Coleman, Lailie Kasai and more. When Miller and the band came onstage, they brought a whole new energy level to the performers and the audience. Principal Mitzi Cress and District school board member Suzanne Seymour were in the crowd of about 600 who enjoyed the performance greatly. The band performed a few of their renditions of famous jazz songs and got the crowd to sing along with some of them. Sammy Miller and the Congregation really are able to channel and bring a whole new mindset to music. “The music students are truly talented and they care about doing well,” Steiner said. “Usually that means I get to focus on working with the students to create a truly musical experience versus struggling with discipline or organizational details.” “It is really great to be playing with professionals on-stage and putting on a good show, but the most important takeaway from this performance was the learning experience I got from

watching and learning from Sammy’s band,” said Christopher Chien. “They gave us a lot of great insight before the performance, and worked through all the tunes with us before we got onstage, and some of the things Sammy mentioned (like using the rims to play during the slower sections) are pieces of knowledge I will definitely remember for the rest of my time in jazz band,” Chien said. The intermediate and advanced jazz groups meet in the middle of the school day and practice for their concerts while increasing their technical skills. Before they have a concert, they focus on pieces they are working on so their performance is the best quality that they can provide. For their performance with the band, they practiced many hours during school with and without the band. “I really enjoy the free-spirited nature of jazz, and how no two performances will go the same way because of the freedom that each player gets to change up the performance each time, usually through soloing,” Chien said.

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PV Kid Leads Knights To State Title


• Peninsula resident leads Bishop Montgomery to another State basketball championship.

By Sebastian Atashi As two-time state basketball champion Jordan Schakel sits in his room, he can see the influences of growing up in Palos Verdes everywhere. His bed sheets are branded with the logo of USC, Pop Warner trophies line the shelves, and PVIS P.E. shorts are thrown across the floor. Schakel, a Division I basketball commit to San Diego State University, was born in Torrance at Little Company of Mary.

California Champion . . .

Cornerstone School and Palos Verdes Intermediate student Jordan Schakel holds the CIF State basketball trophy for Bishop Montgomery High. Growing up in Palos Verdes, Schakel was given the opportunity to excel in many sports “I played football exclusively until the 3rd grade before I picked up basketball, Schakel said, “I never felt any pressure to pick a certain sport, only the ones I truly enjoyed playing.” He picked up basketball at Cornerstone Elementary, where his best friend was playing so he decided to give it a try. After realizing that he enjoyed the sport, Schakel started playing with his

friends in the Asian basketball league, even though he is not Asian. “It was weird for me being one of the only non-Asian kids out there, but it helped me play the game without a lot of pressure. It’s where I started to fall in love with basketball,” said Schakel. He did not begin playing travel basketball until the 6th grade, which is considered very late to many successful basketball players. He was getting better, and his height was a big reason why. Schakel, already 6 feet tall in the 7th grade, was blossoming into a real talent. Schakel’s father, Dan and his mother, Stefanie, an All-American volleyball player at USC, began to realize their son could be something special. Stefanie explained, “Dan and I started realizing that no matter how much he grew, he was still agile and able to move like a smaller guard.” As Schakel began to take basketball more seriously, he decided he would stop playing football. “It was one of the harder decisions growing up for me,” Schakel said. “It was a game I had loved for so long, but it was time to move on.” Schakel now began to focus only on basketball, the decision that arguably made him the talent he is today. Yet something was missing for Schakel, already on the younger side compared to his PVIS peers. He was still raw and knew he needed time to develop. That would only happen in one way, so after talking with his family, Schakel decided that he was going to do 8th grade for a second time so he had time to grow and progress in his game. “That was really tough for me, leaving all my friends that I had grown up with and had the biggest influence on my life, and going to a school now where I knew no one,” said Schakel. He commuted to attend Our Lady Help of Christians in Los Angeles during that year, and he grew 4 more inches. Now came the tough part of choosing his high school. Shackel explained, “Originally, I was choosing between Bishop Montgomery and Loyola, and Loyola is where I really wanted to go.” But after seeing the prices in tuition for both schools, Schakel chose Bishop Montgomery. When asked if he was happy with his decision, Schakel could not hold back a smile and said, “absolutely.” At Bishop Montgomery, Schakel

Prepared For The Future . . .

San Diego State University basketball coaching staff join Jordan Schakel and his family on National Signing Day, committing to SDSU. has thrived. A four-year varsity starter, Schakel accumulated countless awards, including 10th on the school’s all-time scoring list. And shares the title of alltime varsity win leader with teammate Ethan Thompson. The two just ended their senior season with a record of 31-2, notable wins against five nationally ranked teams, and CIF Open Division Playoff and State Championships. Bishop Montgomery is

PV Football & Cheer . . . Jordan

Schakel wore the red and black for Pop Warner football growing up on the Hill.

the best team in California and perhaps in the country. Schakel is going to continue his basketball career at San Diego State in the fall on a full scholarship to join their storied program. When choosing a college, it was tough for him to refuse an offer from USC, the school that has had a major impact on his life and a major impact on many other lives around the Hill.

Shackel said, “I chose San Diego State because it was a better fit for me. Not taking the offer from the school I grew up wishing I would one day be at was a decision that I had to make for me.” He then added, “I couldn’t be more excited to start in the fall.” He credits growing up on the Hill for shaping him into the person he is today, saying, “It taught me how to be a better person and teammate, and to really love what I was doing.” One thing he did add about Palos Verdes was that he believed it was harder to be a serious athlete in basketball. He said, “There aren’t as many opportunities here for kids that want to be at the next level in what they do.” Schakel may have a point, as the number of basketball student-athletes who continue on to play Division I from Palos Verdes seems to be lower than other places in the area. Schakel is one of the exceptions, a star athlete and student who maintains above a 4.0 GPA. The Schakels still reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, and his sister Sofia is a freshman at Palos Verdes High When asked the all-important question regarding the friendly rivalry between Palos Verdes and Peninsula high schools, his face lit up again as he said, “Of course PV. I love it there. I would have gone there had I not left the Hill.” Schakel will always love the Hill and credits the community for supporting him and helping him find his love for basketball. Now, Palos Verdes can continue to support this hometown hero as he moves on to be a San Diego State Aztec this fall.

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PV Student On Career Rocket Focused Future • Palos Verdes High student on fast-track for international cosmetology career.

The Right Look For The Right Job . . . Palos Verdes High student Emma Wendorff is working and studying the art of cosmetology and fashion.

bride!” It’s clear to see that Wendorff is a force to be reckoned with already in the cosmetology world, but recently she has taken her passion to the next level. “This year I started going to cosmetology school and I’m getting my cosmetology license, so that I can do hair and makeup professionally,” she said Not only is Wendorff a talented makeup and hair artist, she is now also a professional. But she isn’t stopping at getting licensed. This upcoming summer, she will attend Parsons Fashion Summer Program in Paris, which is one of the most prestigious fashion and cosmetology programs in the world.

It’s safe to say that Wendorff has a bright future ahead of her in her specialized field, and with her natural talent, her hard work, and her love for what she does, she is going to be unstoppable. When asked about her future plans, Wendorff said, “I plan on attending college, but not a typical university. I want to attend a school specialized in the area of fashion and cosmetology.” It took courage to pursue a path that has been looked on differently by the typical high school junior, but Wendorff is an inspiration to other students to follow their hearts and write their success story.

By Nia Li The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field is rapidly growing in today’s society, more and more students are looking for opportunities to expand their experience in STEM related courses. Peninsula High offers many STEM

Celebrating Peninsula Families Active In Sports, Science and the Arts.

classes, such as VEX, SMERT, and engineering clubs, but one that covers all of the topics of STEM, while giving a wide range of activities in which to participate, is Technology Student Association (TSA). This is the TSA’s 39th anniversary, and it has expanded greatly since it was founded. TSA’s membership includes more than 233,000 middle and high school students in approximately 2,000 schools throughout 49 states. TSA has many diverse students who come together to express their passion

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By Jenna McFarland Some high school students struggle to decide between majoring in engineering or English in college, but that’s not the case for Palos Verdes High junior Emma Wendorff. Ever since Wendorff was a young girl, she has been fascinated with cosmetology, and in recent years she has managed to turn her childhood interest into a full-time commitment. Although her passion for hair and makeup is clear now, she was introduced to the arena by her other longtime love, dance. She explained, “I got into cosmetology through dance competitions, where I was surrounded by hair and makeup.” The love for her art was clear from the first introduction, although she did not immediately pursue it. As said best by Wendorff, “I fell in love with the art of cosmetology at a young age, but didn’t pursue it as a future occupation until my freshman year because I was focused on dance and didn’t have the opportunity to explore it further.” Her first official job as a makeup artist was for the Palos Verdes High formal during her freshman year, and since then her career has taken off. She has a steady stream of customers for all different occasions, but one job stood out as her favorite. Wendorff shared, “My favorite job I’ve done was a wedding a few months ago. I had two assistants, and together we did hair and makeup for 10 bridesmaids, a mom and the bride. It was a lot of work and took us 10 hours to finish, but was so much fun, and I loved the

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for the field and pursue a positive impact for their future and the future of STEM. The original competition was started in 1978 and is the oldest student organization dedicated for students interested in science. On March 24, about 60 Peninsula students went to California State University, Bakersfield to compete in the state level of TSA. TSA accepts all grade level students from freshman to seniors and encour-

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Sea Kings Excel at L.A. County Science Fair Science Awards

• More than 1,000 students competed at the L.A. County Science Fair last week. Palos Verdes High sent 13 Science Research Projects to compete at this high level and was awarded with eight categorical awards with six out of 13 projects receiving Special Awards. Matthew Lee, Lane Karlitz, Onyi Onyeador and Laura Gong will advance to compete at the California State Science Fair in April. Heather Robinson was awarded the Grand Prize of an Earthwatch Research Scholarship for a 10-12 day expedition.

Heather Robinson, Grand Prize for Peter and Helen Bing Earthwatch Expedition.

PV Sends The Best . . . Palos Verdes High science students compete at the L.A. County Science Fair. Pictured from the left, front row: Francesca Ramos, Madeline Babros, Heather Robinson and Piper Ireland. Back row: Laura Gong, Michael Liu, Lane Karlitz, Joy Lee, Onyi Onyeador, Kevin Liu, Andrew Wang, Matthew Lee, Felicia Lin and Margaret Tajirian.

Laura Gong, 3rd place Matthew Lee, 2nd place in Onyi Onyeador, 3rd place in Lane Karlitz, 3rd place in in Mathematics and Animal Biology. Biochemistry and Molecular Behavioral Sciences. Computer Science. Biology.

Panthers Salute Sports . . . Continued from Page 3 ding on silent auction items, buying raffle tickets and anticipating the live auction and Parade of Athletes. Senior athletes were introduced by their coaches that evening in the Parade of Athletes while parents eagerly took photos. Christina Britt, co-chair of the event, said, “This wouldn’t have been so successful without the help of our committee. They worked endlessly to make it happen.” The Athletic Booster Club is a nonprofit organization and information can be found at — email reports

Honored Guests . . . Assemblyman

Al Muratsuchi presented Peninsula High Principal Mitzi Cress with the Assembly Proclamation acknowledging her distinguished career.

Run Keeps Spirits High

. . . Continued from Page 2 fun events to bring the joyful spirits of people like Sean, and remember his greatness. The celebration included a fivemile run that starts each year walking through a beautiful garden the students planted for Sean. The run goes to Golden Cove and travels back to PV High. This was Sean’s favorite crosscountry running route. Many people biked and walked the course as well.

A nature themed photography contest also took place in commemoration of Sean’s photography skills. Before the run, the PV High band, The Black Cats, played some jazzy tunes, followed by the national anthem sung by a PV student, as well as a beautiful Irish folk song. The Irish American Club showed the crowd a few dances after the tiring run. An estimated 200 people attend this amazing event to raise awareness towards drunk driving.

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PV Lacrosse Expands Kingdom Lacrosse

• Sea Kings defeat Peninsula in Bay League action and then down national power Foothill High at home.

By Sebastian Atashi

Busy Day In Front Of The Net . . . Peninsula High senior goalie Matt

Choi makes one of his 16 saves against the Sea Kings during PV’s 15-3 win in the cold and rain at Peninsula High last week.

PV Lacrosse Stays Strong . . . Junior attacker Jack Collins gets ready to take a shot against Foothill.

Lacrosse Battle . . . Peninsula will look to bounce back in the second half of the season, while Palos Verdes is looking for another Bay League title and a strong CIF run.

Sea Kings Earn Impressive Win . . . Senior Jack Larkin bounces a shot off the turf during non-league action against the Foothill Knights at home.

Another chapter was added to the storied book of the rivalry between the Palos Verdes Sea Kings and the Peninsula Panthers. The latest showdown saw the two boys lacrosse teams battle for supremacy on the field, with the Sea Kings dominating the Panthers by a score of 15-3. The teams had to battle on a wet and very muddy Peninsula field, making for an extra challenge. The Sea Kings got off to a quick start, going up 1-0 on a goal from junior Jake Nolls. The Kings then added one more to close out the quarter on a nice finish from star senior John Gressett. The Sea Kings then found more of a rhythm in the second quarter, adding two goals from senior captain Jack Larkin, and two from junior transfer Jack Collins, to make the score 7-2 at the halftime break. Senior John Gressett said about the first half, “We came out a little sluggish and let the conditions have an impact on us.” “The second quarter we just played our game,” Gressett said, “And it worked out a little better for us.” The second half was more of the same for the Sea Kings, as Collins continued his scoring spree, adding three more to his tally in the 3rd quarter, helping the Sea Kings to expand their lead to 13-2 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Sea King junior Erik Moore spoke about the 3rd quarter breakthrough. “We knew we weren’t at our best in the first half, and we wanted to use the third quarter to really step on the gas and put the game away.” The Kings added two more in the fourth, and Peninsula added one to end the game at 15-3. Seniors Will Mbomeda and Bryce Kitagawa as well as freshman AJ Rosato scored for the Panthers. The Kings will try to continue their dominance over the Bay League teams as they face Mira Costa and Redondo in the coming weeks.

Sea Kings Defend The Hill . . .

Senior captain Austin Lowi controls the ball during PV’s 8-3 win over Orange County’s Foothill High last week.

PEN Defeats Culver City . . . In a hard-fought battle, the Peninsula boys’ lacrosse team came out with a much-needed victory over Culver City, 7-5, last week. Senior Scott Phillips returned to the field to help lead the team. Two goals were notched by senior Will Mbomeda, followed by one each from senior Bryce Kitagawa and sophomore Max Cha. Good defensive play from Ryo Nishimura, Patrick Slaught, Kevin Jones and goalie Matt Choi contributed to the win.

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Panthers Pep Squads Raise The Bar


• Peninsula High Pep Squad brings together the Panther family.

By Chiara Grimes The Pep Squad at Peninsula High School is one of the many enrichment athletic programs for students. It consists of song, cheer, mascot and flags. Cheer is held separate from the other programs, but it often goes hand-inhand with the other activities. It is an irreplaceable part of Peninsula spirit. It’s one thing sitting at the Zoo, the student section at Peninsula, and rooting on the Panthers, but it’s another thing to actually participate in cheering at athletic events. Each program within the Pep Squad varies. The key aspect is that all squads cheer for football and basketball, and endorse other athletic teams such as water polo and wrestling. Pep Squad is like a tight-knit family of students who delight in being a part

of a squad. It is one of the foundations of Peninsula, having a program that roots on Peninsula athletic teams by displaying their own talent. Song and cheer consist of two teams, junior varsity and varsity, with typically one student captain for each team. Song is a variation of cheer and dance which in addition has the technique necessary in dance yet also does cheers. Students in these programs experience something that few other programs offer. These programs not only cheer and execute dances at football and basketball games, but also participate in pep rallies at lunch that endorse different activities going on, such as Homecoming. Besides the amazing experience Pep Squad offers, it also has an amazing coaching staff. Loretta Alvillar, the head coach for song, pep flags and mascot, has been the coach for multiple years. She puts so much energy into the program that

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Pep Squad runs smoothly with few flaws. Song team member Ava Council explains, “The bonds I have made from this program are unlike any other, and I wouldn’t have the best friends I have today without that. Pep Squad is truly like a family of people who provide endless support for one another.”

She is on the junior varsity song team and is one of the many participants that thrive through the program. Vigorous tryouts for next season were held the week of March 28 to determine next year’s teams. Overall, this program is one of the many rewarding programs within the athletic community at Peninsula High.

Panthers Have Their Supporters . . . The Peninsula High Pep Squad supports Peninsula High athletics throughout the school year.

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Panthers Benefit From TCA Events

. . . Continued from Page 6 ages everyone to join and get a chance to experience this competition. The competition was from March 25 to 26 and was a huge success for the Panthers. The competition events included Children’s Storybook, Video and Music Production, Webmaster, Tech Bowl, Architectural Design, Prepared Presentation, and many more. Each of the events include a theme related to STEM that the competitors had to follow in order to place. They needed to include a portfolio that detailed what they did and then go through an interview process in which they were asked questions regarding their creation or event. Peninsula won 13 medals ranging from first place to third place and a number of people qualified for the national conference to be held in Orlando, Fla. Nationals include students from all over the world and about 1600 of them come to compete against each other. Peninsula’s chapter team was founded last year by presidents Saehui Hwang and Alisa Hathaway with chemistry teacher Chas Lee as the advisor. The team continues to grow as new students are informed about this club. Hwang and Hathaway got the idea when both of them were in TSA Teams, another branch of the competition, and when they went to nationals in Texas, they discovered another part of TSA called TSA events held in Bakersfield. They decided to start a local school chapter that could compete at the state level and gradually go to nationals.

TCA Panthers Go On Road Trip . . . Peninsula High students travel to Bakersfield for the Technology Student Association event to learn and compete in science and technology programs.

“I decided to join TSA because I love science along with public speaking, and TSA gave me the ability to combine both my interests,” Hathaway said. “My favorite part of the conference was getting to know so many different people around parts of California and being able to share my interests with others,” she said. When the chapter team first began, there were only about half of the people there are now. Some new members of the team include Ari Cho, Kevin Chen-Xiao, Robert Peltekov, Nicole Tam, Anne Lee, Christina An, Joanne Lee, Jocelyn Ma, Megan Jung, Michelle Yamakawa, Saahil Parikh, and more. They took this as a great chance to increase their knowledge in this field. “Even though this is my first year

competing, it was a really amazing experience,” Cho said. “I did Children’s Storybook, and when we placed second, I knew all our hard work paid off. The two months that we spent creating our storybook and the countless hours we had for painting and writing really shone through as we accepted our award,” he said TSA not only acknowledges the benefits of learning about STEM, but also focuses on student leadership. Last year a leadership program called LEAP was introduced that highlights and outlines the qualities needed to become a good leader. The LEAP resume include the big pillars of Be, Know and Do. They talk about how to become a leader and maintain a healthy environment for all

the teams. “Students are able to challenge themselves in new fields that STEM extends to at the national competition,” Hwang said. “I have met many enthusiastic students from across the world, with a common passion for STEM.” With all of students’ time focused more and more on computers, it would be a good time to put that time into a useful way to benefit themselves and the society. Through TSA, students change the way technology can be used, science can be implemented, and carve a pathway for more and more people to become engineers. Their motto, “Learning to lead in a technical world,” is exactly what Peninsula is doing.

Miraleste Ready For Spring Musical Showtime

• Miraleste Intermediate is set for the spring music season with a production of the classic "Bye Bye Birdie." Rock and Roll is coming alive in Miraleste Intermediate School’s Spring Musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” Directed by Paula Dawson, musical director Elizabeth Kerstein and choreography by Lauren Oseas and assistant choreographer Sarah Snow. Performances are two weekends, April 28 at 7 p.m.,

April 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., April 30 at 4 p.m. May 5 at 7 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Tickets are available at Make plans to come see Miraleste’s Spring Musical Bye Bye Birdie! The cast has been working hard for several months, and this will be a fabulous show. Ticket sales are open online now. For more details, please visit the Miraleste home page at the following link: Miraleste Spring Musical. — email reports

Fast And Furious Action At Valmonte Fields . . . The Palos Verdes Little League Cubs surround and tackle the baseball using good team work and baseball skills.

Big Hitters . . .

T-Ball and Farm Divison players put the ball in play and make the action happen at Valmonte Fields at Palos Verdes Little League.

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King Of The Hill Battles Coming Up . . . Palos Verdes Little League All-Star and now Palos Verdes High varsity shortstop Noah Delio and Lunada Bay Little League All-Star and now Peninsula High varsity pitcher Jake McKenna are leading their teams through area tournaments and Bay League action with the big rivalry games set for May.

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Future All-Stars Hit Practice Week

Little League

• Spring break means time for the top teams and players to spend more time practicing for the second half of the season. The Rolling Hills Tigers and Silver Spur Cardinals from the Minors Divisions are the only teams on the Peninsula with undefeated records. The Palos Verdes Dodgers and Rolling Hills Indians are the only Major Division teams with one loss and may be heading for a King of the Hill showdown. The Rolling Hills Cardinals have no losses but one tie, while the Palos Verdes Blue Jays look strong at 7-1-0 in the Intermediate Divisions.

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23706 Crenshaw Blvd # 105A&B (310) 650-4021 First Base Action . . . The Giants’ first baseman makes the stretch to

make the catch and keep his big toe on the base for an out during Intermediate Division action at Lunada Bay.

Instrumental Music Lessons James Musser - Nominated Best Guitar 1997 & Best L.A. Band 1996 - L.A. Music Awards

23706 Crenshaw Blvd # 105A&B (310) 650-4021

Peaceland Music Instrumental Music Lessons

James Musser - Nominated Best Guitar 1997 & Best L.A. Band 1996 - L.A. Music Awards

Crenshaw Blvd # 105A&B Tigers Still King . . . The23706 Rolling

Hills Tigers are undefeated and sit (310) 650-4021 in first place in the Division going into spring break.

Peaceland Music Private Lessons on Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, Drums, Ukelele, Banjo & Mandolin

Including Theory, Reading, Tab, Composition

James Musser - Nominated Best Guitar 1997 & Best L.A. Band 1996 - L.A. Music Awards


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Watch Out Here Come The Fish . . . The Marlins scored a 16-11 win over the Indians in Intermediate Division action at Palos Verdes Little League.

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Lucas Lees Justin Mabry AJ Maes Dylan Mercer Grant Govel Jake Silverman Luke Mansir Garren Rizzo Joshua Mercer Joshua McGovern

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Silver Spur Little League Kendall Ward Allan Tsay Takuya Wakuda

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Lunada Bay Little League Derrick Bobb Wren Woods

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Palos Verdes Little League Niall Collins 4 Henry Carr 3 Michael Cho 3 Bradley Kakazu 3 David Zavarella 3 Will Zane 2 Jason Roah 2 Christopher Mantas 2 Reed Woodland 1 Tyler Tellenbach 1 Charlie Beuerlein 1 Oscar Park 1 Ty Kim 1 Stone Townley 1 Tommie Phillips 1 Daniel Stender 1 Eli Fast 1 Dylan Zavarella 1 Matthew Farnsworth 1 Zack Moore 1 Kevin Theodora 1 Camden Friedman 1 Samuel Hodges 1

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PVLL Dodgers Looking A Little Royal . . . Home runs from Christopher Mantas and Michael Cho help the Dodgers get a second win over the secondplace Angels in Major Division action at Palos Verdes Little League.

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Peninsula Little League 2017 Home Run Leaders Rolling Hills Little League

Blue Jays Red Sox Rockies Indians Athletics Marlins Dodgers Nationals Mariners

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W-wins L-losses T-ties P-points RF-runs for RA-runs allowed

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Nothing Gets Past . . . The Cubs Enzo Somers makes a running catch in the outfield during Major Division action at PV Little League last week.

Take A Chance For Runs . . . The Athletics scored a 14-7 win over the Nationals in Intermediate Division action at PV Little League last week. Two-Seam Fastball . . . The Palos Verdes Dodgers are battling the Angels for first place in the Major Division play.

RHLL Tigers Roar . . .

Curtis Gibson strokes a triple against the Giants to lead the undefeated Tigers to a win and into first place in the Rolling Hills Minors Division.

Crazy Times On The Carpet . . . The Lunada Bay Indians captured an 12-11 win over the visiting PV Pirates in Major Division action last week.

Keep Us In The Loop One Bounce Over . . . The Silver Spur Dodgers Robert Sink hits a ground-rule double in Major Division action at Ernie Howlett Park last week.

New Season Coming Up . . . The

Rolling Hills Giants are looking for a strong run during the second half of the season in the Minors Division.

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Pitching And Defense . . . The Indians have allowed only 15 total runs this season and are in first place in the Rolling Hills Little League Majors Division.

It’s Going To Be Close . . . The Red Sox just snuck by the Giants for a 7-6 win in Intermediate Division action at Lunada Bay Little League last week.

Second Season Begins . . . The Lunada Bay Majors Indians will return from spring break to host the PV Little League Cubs.

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The Three R’s TakeTop Spots Pony League

• The Rays, Rockies and Reds move into the top of the standings going into the second half of the season. The standings may clear up after this weekend when the Rays face the Athletics and the Rockies play the Reds before teams take a week for spring break.

2017 Pony League Standings P W L T RF RA

Rays 16 Rockies 16 Reds 12 Athletics 12 Dodgers 9 Mets 7 Yankees 4 Diamondbacks 4

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92 84 63 88 51 54 33 57

54 36 46 62 68 68 97 91

Pony League Home Run Leaders Nick Grau Grant Thornburgh Alec Kudo

Rockies Battle Rays . . . Pitcher Will Mashy leads the Rockies into a tie for first place to with the Rays.

Keep It Close . . . The Mets hung on for a 11-10 win over the Athletics at George Allen field last week.

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Machine Warming Up . . . The Reds have moved into third place to end the first half of the season.

Dodgers Stop Diamondbacks . . . The Dodgers got a 17-7 win over the Keeping Second Base Clean . . . Diamondbacks at George Allen Field last week.

Mets shortstop Mason Jahelka makes the tag for an out during Pony League action at Ernie Howlett Park.

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Perfect Pitch Looks Perfect In 10U Division Softball 10U Standings

• The girls’ fast-pitch softball league enters spring break with Pitch Perfect undefeated and ready for the playoffs.

Pitch Perfect Golden Gloves Green Cha-Ching Red Rockers

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Hit The Deck . . . The Santa Monica Fireballs came ready to play against the Tangerine Crush during 12U Division action at Cornerstone school

Get That Ball . . .

The Blue Diamonds and Purple Dolphins battle in 6U Division action at Cornerstone School last week. Palos Verdes Peninsula

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Girls U10 Silver

P West Torrance Sparks 6 N. Redondo Poisoned Ivy 6 S. Torrnace Breakaways 4 S. Torrance Warriors 3 PV Pistols 3 San Pedro Sting 3 N. Torrance Shockwaves 1 PV Fire 0

Girls U10 Gold West Torrance Coyotes PV Riptides North Redondo San Pedro Pirates N.Torrance SB Strikers South Redondo Fire South Redondo Strikers PV Storm

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Girls U12 Bronze

P Santa Monica AS Saints 12 San Pedro Pirates 9 S.Torrance SB Riptide 7 PV Sparks 7 PV Powerhouse 6 C. Torrance BlueLightning 4 Central Torrance Riptide 2 S. Redondo United 1 South Redondo Wild Fire 0

AYSO Region 10 Spring Select League W 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0

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Boys U12 Silver

2017 Standings Girls U12 Silver PV Red Spurred Fox West Torrance Extreme PV Fire S. Redondo United S. Torrnace United West Torrance Warriors PV Crushers

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Girls U12 Gold PV Storm Walnut United West Torrance Rebels North Torrance Strikers N. Redondo Thunder

P 12 7 6 4 0

Girls U14 Silver South Redondo PV Firecrackers PV United S. Redondo Force FC West Torrance San Pedro Pirates PV Bombers

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Girls U14 Gold West Torrance PV Red Hots Hawthorne San Pedro Pirates Extra San Pedro Extra All-Stars

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Boys U10 Bronze PV United North Torrance PV Lasers San Pedro Titans West Torrance Revolution West Torrance Rebels Central Torrance United San Pedro Pirates N. Redondo Strikers PV Arsenal II

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Boys U10 Silver PV Arsenal PV Fury West Torrance FC PV Predators N. Redondo United South Torrance PV Rush S. Redondo Gunners S. Redondo Wolfpack S. Redondo Revolution

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Boys U12 Bronze North Redondo South Redondo San Pedro North Redondo PV

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Central Torrance South Torrance PV North Torrance West Torrance

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Boys U12 Gold PV West Torrance Hawthorne PV South Redondo San Pedro Santa Monica PV West Torrance

Boys U14 PV PV North Torrance PV West Torrance South Redondo San Pedro South Torrance PV South Redondo

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Spring Select Soccer 2017 . . . The best teams from all over the South Bay travel to Highridge Park and Malaga Cove Fields to play in AYSO Region 10’s Spring Select League. The Peninsula has teams in every division including divisions with multiple PV teams.

Peninsula Soccer Teams Youth - Middle School - High School

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Tournaments • Club Play • Fall Playoffs Spring Select • Bay League Action

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2017 Fall Soccer Registration NOW OPEN!!! See

On-Site Registration Hesse Park

29301 Hawthorne Blvd., RPV

Please pre-register online prior to arriving for registration at Saturday,

April 29 12 to 4 pm


May 20 12 to 4 pm

$155/child, $140 siblings $185/child, $170 siblings

Prices increase to $240 (no discounts) after May 31

Players Must Attend An In Person Registration on Either April 29th or May 20 if The Player: 1) Is in the 5U or 6U divisions. 2) Is in the 7U to 9U divisions whose parent is not a returning head coach. 3) Has not previously played in Palos Verdes AYSO.

Players may be able to register completely on-line! Please go to our website for more information and directions to register.

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Championship Weekend . . . The AYSO PV Storm won Gold in the top flight at the Pot of Gold tournament in Thousand Oaks. The team had a perfect 4-0 record, scoring a combined 15 goals for and 3 against over the two days. Pictured from the left, front row: Kendall Oda, Elle Witkowski, Zora Haasnoot, Alicia Tavera and Sara Silvestri. Back row: coach Kieran Callanan, Aishling Callanan, Lexi Wetzel, Teresa Turbide, Brynne Snaguski, Catherine Christen and Roya Khaleeli.

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PV Fusion Strike Gold . . . The AYSO girls’ U16 team PV Fusion took first place at the AYSO Thousand Oaks Pot O’ Gold

Tournament on 25-26th March. PV Fusion dominated the GU16 flight winning all four of their games scoring 27 goals and conceding only two. Pictured from the left, back row: assistant coach Elliot Sumi and head coach Martin Kelly. Middle row: Samantha Akim, Hailey Thompsen, Tally Theder, Sarah Adams, Skye Perez, Arden Borders, Callie Shiang and Catherine Channell. Front row: Keilani Sumi, Maddie Chun, Savannah Stellges, Amalia Munn, Caitlin Kelly and Graycen Brummer.

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PVP-PANORAMA No. 201 • 04/01/17