June 20, 2009
The Burbank Magnolia Park Optimist Club Scholarship Committee presented 10 deserving students with $1,000 scholarships at a dinner meeting May 21. It was very rewarding to hear each student talk about themselves and their dreams for the future. The committee selecting the recipients were co- chairmen Roland and Vonda Neundorf , and members Sandy Brooks, Peggy McDonald, Evie Magnante, Sue Kyle and Doreen Wydra. Brooks made the presentations to two scholars from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School.
June 6, 2009
SENIOR ADULTS HONORED BY CITY OF BURBANK Seven Burbank residents whose ages range from 61 to 95 were honored May 19 by the Burbank City Council for their volunteer work. Grace Mylroie Patz was the recipient of the County of Los Angeles Outstanding Older American Award for her volunteer service at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Guild, Beta Sigma Phi, including various fundraising functions, and surpassing 15,000 service hours. Jesse Fox was recognized for his service to the Salvation Army, Optimist Club and John Burroughs High School sports programs.
June 3, 2009
John Burroughs High School seniors can now say they are published authors, following a senior project assigned by their English teacher. It’s a challenge to keep seniors focused in the final months of their senior year, so teacher Rex Bullington came up with the idea for the book project. “I wanted to create something that was a little more interesting to them,” he said. “The common thread for them in English this year was self-realization, and ‘who am I’ became their theme for the year.
June 3, 2009
Three earn Warner Bros. scholarships Warner Bros. Studios announced winners of the 2009 Burbank REACH Honorship on Tuesday. High school seniors Paige Andrews, Grace Babbes and Thomas DeMasters each will receive a $10,000 college scholarship, coupled with four summers’ worth of paid internships at the studio. DeMasters, of John Burroughs High School, won this year’s vocational Honorship and will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship. Andrews, also of Burroughs, plans to study communica- tions at Cal State Northridge while Providence High School senior Babbes plans to focus on film production at Chapman University.
May 20, 2009
BURBANK — The magnitude of it all — a gruesome, two-car crash outside John Burroughs High School that killed two standout students and a beloved high school teacher — had yet to sink in for John and Beth Benne, whose daughter was among the dead. The collision occurred about 10 a.m. Monday when motorist Michael Thompson plunged his Honda Accord into a pedestrian and broadsided a Ford Explorer, turning the SUV on its side and trapping two people inside. Thompson was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
May 16, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? TODAY The Associated Student Body officers of John Burroughs High School are planning a 60th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the quad of the campus at 1920 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. The community is invited to attend and admission is free. There will be food for sale donated by NYPD Pizza and Santoro?
April 18, 2009
A local school nabbing a California Distinguished School Award is always a cause for celebration. But when John Burroughs High School took the prize this month, it was particularly heartening after the rocky path the Burbank Unified School District has taken the last few weeks. The school board rescinded 25 teacher layoff notices at the end of March, but the possibility still exists that the district will have to make its first staff cuts in half a decade. And Jordan Middle School became the target of protests last week after teachers voted to cut seventh-period electives.
April 15, 2009
BURBANK — John Burroughs High School has secured a coveted California Distinguished School Award from the Department of Education, which every year recognizes the state’s most exemplary public schools. The California Distinguished School Award acknowledges unique accomplishments made by the high school in the 2007-08 academic year. Burroughs was the only campus in the Burbank Unified School District to win the award this year. “More than anything, the award validates the work being done by administrators, faculty students and the community at large,” Principal Emilio Urioste said.