This year the Beverly Hills High School Class of 1968 will be celebrating a 50 year reunion, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11. In addition, alumni have coordinated with each of the four elementary schools to give tours on Friday, Aug. 10, in order to allow alumni to recapture those special moments, that were for some some six decades ago. Pictured is the Beverly Vista Kindergarten Class of 1956. For more information, contact Sylvia White at 310-452-4000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beverly Hills High seniors got creative this week, making pennants to signify their college plans for next year at the school’s “Pennant Party.” The BHHS College Center and PTSA supplied free pizza and snacks while students won raffle prizes while creating their pennants. Pictured, from left: BHHS seniors Ben Dahan, Sophia Goldberg, Dominique Petrie, Jamie Kim and Jonathan Artal.
To celebrate this year’s Beverly Hills High School National Merit Scholarship Finalists, on Wednesday evening Julian Javor (a onetime finalist) and his mother, Kathy Javor, hosted a special dinner for this year’s student finalists and a few select City and school district officials at Fogo de Chao on La Cienega. At the dinner, the Javors revealed that each student would be given a $1,500 scholarship to use for the school of their choosing from their foundation, the Kobor Family Foundation. Pictured (from left): Board of Education member Isabel Hacker, BHHS PTA co-president Laurie Okum, Mayor Julian Gold, student Brian Harward (accepted to Rice and UCLA), student Jamie Kim (accepted to Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Duke), Julian Javor, BHHS Principal Mark Mead, student Jonathan Artal (accepted to Stanford, Harvard, and USC), Board of Education VP Noah Margo, student Jason Harward (accepted to Northwestern and UC Berkeley), and Superintendent Michael Bregy.
For the fourth year in a row, Beverly Hills High School students in AP History teacher Joanie Garratt’s class volunteered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Gala in Los Angeles. Stated Garratt: “This has become somewhat of a tradition. I always have lots of students willing to give up four hours on a school night to participate.” Pictured (from left): Leo Padillo, Britney Shirian, Adriel Ghadoushi, Sophia Cohen, Arjun Batra, Joanie Garratt, Estella Rosen, Esther Goldberg, Daniella Mashoudy, Rebecca Eshtiaghpour (back), Antonio Lebron (back), Thomas Gu and Jonathan Kim.
Starting tonight, the Tony award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone caps off this season for the Beverly Hills High School Performing Arts department. Shows are March 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 at 7 p.m. in the Salter Theatre at 241 S. Moreno Dr. Tickets are available online (bhhs.bhusd.org), at the Student Store, or onsite before each show as space permits. Pictured (above) are Performing Arts benefactor Michael J. Libow and the cast of the musical.
On Feb. 3, the Beverly Hills High Career Education Department sent culinary and KBEV broadcast students to compete in the annual SkillsUSA regional competition held at LA Trade Tech. The medal winners and students advancing to the SkillsUSA State competition this coming April in Ontario are: Gold Medal Broadcast team (Ethan Bootesaz, Eva Danesh, Noah Danesh, Arian Tabibian); Gold Medal Job Skill Demonstration Student (Donya Noubaharestan); Gold Medal Radio team (Ryan Dubin, Tohar Samir); Silver Medal Broadcast team (Ben Cohan, Sophia Martin, Jacob Suomi, Gabrielle Urman); Silver Medal Culinary (Eric Cherdak); Silver Medal Radio (Jacob Kurtz, Gabriel Tabariei); Bronze Medal Broadcast team (Bridgette Fussman, Leo Padilla, Hunter Trost, Noelle Trost; Bronze Medal Culinary (Ethan Eils); Broadcast All Freshmen team 7th Place (Fiory Carey, Riley Mehdizadeh, Alana Perkins, Ryan Tabatabai).
The Beverly Hills High School PTSA showed the high school staff and administration a bit of Valentine’s Day love on Wednesday with a lunch prepared by BHHS Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Chef Rick Leece. The menu included heart-shaped pizza, watermelon feta salad, chicken piccata and more. Pictured with the students, (from left): Laura Margo, Patti Stein, Stephanie Rund, Eliza Eshagian, Jodi Galen (PTSA co-president), Chef Rick Leece, Laurie Okum (PTSA co-president), Dori Kenneally, Dagny Dubelko, Dorit Abramov, Carolynne Dyner and Monique Gibbons.
The Beverly Hills High School Speech and Debate Team won nine silver and bronze medals over the past weeks at the Western Bay Forensics League's Individual Events Tournament and the league's Winter Congress Tournament, both held at Narbonne High School in Harbor City. Pictured (from left): Diane Jeong, Josh Neidelman, Elle de Beauport, Kate Bim-Merle, Jules Shinbrot, Alex Andrews, Hajoon Kim, Samantha Boudaie and Josh Mehrdad. Also on Jan. 21 at the Peninsula Invitational at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, twin brother debaters Seth and Evan Pizzurro received a plaque for competing through quarterfinals in Public Forum.
While the synthetic field replacement project at Beverly Hills High School gets underway, the City has permitted the varsity football team to use Roxbury Park for weekday practices. Both AYSO and the City made accommodations to existing programs to allow for such use. The team will be playing away games until the turf project's completion in mid-October. Here's to a great season Normans.
Beverly Hills High School PTA Presidents Jodi Galen and Laurie Okum helped organize a successful welcome lunch for new high school students this week, complete with an In-N-Out truck. Pictured (above, from left): Galen, BHHS Principal Mark Mead, Okum, and Boardmember Howard Goldstein.