On April 27, Gaby Doyle, a Beverly Hills High School English teacher and adviser for the school’s Highlights newspaper and Watchtower yearbook, along with four students from the journalism program, returned home from three days at the National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim. All four students competed in national write-off competitions. BHHS juniors Catherine Gagulashvili and Ava Seccuro, along with freshman Emma Newman, earned “Superior” award recognition in the Online News Package competition. Pictured, from left: Newman, Seccuro and Gagulashvili.
The Beverly Hills High School PTSA treated staff to a room full of fresh produce in reusable bags that read “BHHS PTSA Loves You” as part of the support group’s weekly “Thank You Tuesday” lunches for teachers. Pictured (from left): Cindy Newman, Laurie Okum, Carolynne Dyner, Rose Kaiserman, Stephanie Rund, Monique Gibbons, Marjaneh Manavi, Eliza Eshaghian, and Allyce Balson.
For the month of January, Chair Gary Ross of the Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission honored the Beverly Hills High School Medical Science Academy, including coordinator Colleen Lynch, and students Sophia Cohen, Penelope LaPaglia, Jason Mirharooni, and Leonardo Padilla for their anti-smoking efforts, including speaking at the Health and Safety Commission meetings and City Council meetings on smoking cessation. Top row, from left: Dr. Michael Bregy, Cathy Baker, Daniel Nazarian, DMD, Gary Ross, Colleen Lynch, Myra Demeter, PhD, Myra Lurie and Isabel Hacker. Seated, from left: Jason Mirharooni, Penelope LaPaglia, Sophia Cohen and Leonardo Padilla.
After taking the fall semester off to focus on Ivy League applications, Beverly Hills High School Speech and Debate Team Captain William Lee tied for second place in Impromptu Speaking at the January 12-13 Peninsula Invitational at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates. William did not compete last semester and thus his last impromptu speech competition was last April in the semifinal round of the state championship.
The Beverly Hills Unified School District and Beverly Hills High School’s Career Education Department hosted the first BHUSD Middle School Speech & Debate Tournament at Beverly Vista on Dec. 12. Run by Coach David Finnigan, the program provides Middle School students from all four campuses with an opportunity to explore speech and debate, and to make new friends across the district. Pictured, front row (from left): Allison Hu (Horace Mann), Reese Margo (Beverly Vista), Alyla Crow (BV) and Lauren Mandel (BV). Back row, from left: Coach David Finnigan, Remy Javidzad (El Rodeo), Ronald Ricks (Hawthorne) and Alex Rho (HM).
The BHHS Academic Decathlon Team picked up 20 awards at the Los Angeles County Scrimmage at West High School. Over 180 students from 10 high schools competed in this year’s theme “The 1960s” for prizes in art, economics, literature, math, music, science and social students. Top awards went to BHHS senior Katie Wu for winning 2nd place overall in Honors division, senior Daniel Wiener for 1st place overall in Varsity division, and sophomore Noah Pals for 2nd place overall in Varsity. The team will next compete in Los Angeles County Regionals competition on Jan. 26, 2019.
Beverly Hills High School celebrated this year’s 18 Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Pictured: BHHS College Counselor Casey Rowley; students Tiffany C Chieu, Sean Toobi, Justin Na, Maxbryan Cosmosse, Jiho Park, Seth L Pizzurro, Samuel Stahl, Rebekah J Park, Wesley Wu, Brandon D Lipper and Oleksandr Kubichka; and BHHS Principal Mark Mead. Not pictured: students Evan A Aizenman, Isaiah Berke, Omer Cohen, James H Jung, William C Magnin, Nicholai M Melamed and Chantel Yeshova.
The 60th Reunion Committee for the Beverly Hills High School class of ‘58 is hard at work putting together a reunion event on Oct. 7 from 2-8 p.m. The reunion will take place at the Encino home of classmate Linda Ezor Swarzman. To attend, call the Reunion Committee at 818-783-4420. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Pictured (from left): committee members Nancy Glick Posner, Co-Chair Irwin Zeke Warsaw, Co-Chair Linda Ezor Swarzman, Carolynne Brandt Effron, Robert Simon and Steve Allen. Not shown is committee member Joy Tyre Coburn.
On Tuesday, the Board of Education voted 4-1 to enter into an eight-week temporary contract with Calabasas-based Nastec International, Inc. to provide armed security at Beverly Hills Unified School District starting Monday when classes resume.
Beverly Hills Boy Scout Troop 110 held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at City Hall’s City Council chambers last week, where a remarkable seven Eagle Scouts were honored. All seven teens took part in service projects that directly benefitted Beverly Hills: three at Franklin Canyon Park; one at Beverly Hills High School; and one at Virginia Robinson Gardens. Pictured front row (from left): Daniel Weiner, Jack Klines and Nate Alpern. Back row (from left): Alex Kleerup, Michael Huang, Toby Orvin and James Masutani.