Even More Photos from the 2013 Awards Celebration…

Here are more photos from our January events…in time to celebrate Black History Month 2013. The Pasadena MLK Community Coalition would like to thank all our friends and guests for making each event memorable not only for the students, but for all of us who strive to see our community become a fair and just haven for all residents. The following collection of photos includes honored guests, family, friends and participants in the awards ceremony, Jan 21, 2013.

The following individuals are pictured: Mr. Scott Jenkins, Tournament of Roses President; John Kennedy, Senior VP LA Urban League; Ms. Phlunte Riddle, retired lieutenant, Pasadena PD; Mr. Anthony Portantino, former CA Assemblyman; Jenny Price, Director the All Saints Episcopal Church; Ms. Jasmine Colbert, Spoken Word Artist; Rev. Dr. James E. Stevenson; Dr. Sam Walker; Madison Elementary School Folklorico Dancers, Ms. Rosey Cortez Director; Dr. Sandra Thomas, Quality of Life Center; Dr. N. Benson, IMA; Pasadena City College Ujima Students; Joe Hopkins, Attorney and Publisher; Mr. Nat Nehdar, Chair, Pasadena Human Relations Commission; Jon Gundry, Superintendent PUSD; Honorable Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena; Mr. Joe Brown, Pasadena NAACP; Dr. Mark Rocha, President, Pasadena City College; Pastor Patty O’Reilly, President, Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches; Ms. Renatta M. Cooper, LACO CAO; Mr. Wayne Burton, Dr. Jackie Jacobs and Dr. David Jacobs, Pasadena MLK Community Coalition

And the Winner is…

What an auspicious YEAR! An historical inauguration…the legacy we celebrated this MLK holiday…a wonderful keynote speaker in former California state assembly member Anthony Portantino…music…and inspiring words and art from our finalists! Phwew! Awesome!

Here is the list of official results from the 2013 Essay and Art contests. PLEASE check back here, over the next few weeks, to see photos and read the essays from our outstanding winners!!

As always we appreciate the continued support and participation of the community. And without further ado, here are your 2012-2013 Essay and Art Contest Winners!

The 2012-2013 Winners’ Circle

Elementary School Essay Division

  • Kacie Ossman, Sierra Madre Elementary (Teacher, Ms. Ogron) 1st Place
  • Janelle Johnson, McKinley (Teacher, Mr. Rojos) 2nd Place
  • Victor Hoffman, McKinley (Teacher, Mr. Rojos) 3rd Place

Elementary School Art Division

  • Peter Devletyan, McKinley (Teacher, Ms. Gonzalez) 1st Place
  • Jane Kim, McKinley (Teacher, Ms. Gonzalez) 2nd Place
  • Kate Hanloser, McKinley (Teacher, Ms. Gangi-Hall) 3rd Place

Middle School Essay Division

  • Johanna Dickie, Blair (Teacher, Ms. Laughlin) 1st Place
  • Axel Tanner, Sierra Madre Middle School (Teacher, Ms. Nepf) 2nd Place
  • Jordan Bray, Marshall (Teacher, Ms. Mares) 3rd Place

Middle School Art Division

  • Bethany Chun, Eliot (Teacher, Mr. Moya) 1st Place
  • Nadine Satamian, Marshall (Ms. Mares-Lopez) 2nd Place
  • Maria Munoz, Eliot (Mr. Moya) 3rd Place

High School Essay Division

  • Madeleine Cameron, Peace and Justice Academy (Teacher, Ms. Conley) 1st Place
  • Hyun-Soo Kim, CIS Academy (Teacher, Mr. Quaranta) 2nd Place
  • Patsy Estrada, Blair High School (Teacher, Ms. Anderson) 3rd Place

High School Art Division

  • Miguel Garcia, Blair High School (Teacher, Ms. Martinez) 1st Place
  • Cristian Fabian, Blair High School (Teacher, Ms. Martinez) 2nd Place
  • Fernando Vasquez, Blair High School (Teacher, Ms. Martinez) 3rd Place

And as always…CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!


Upcoming Events January 2013

Happy New Year, to one and all!!

We are quickly approaching the MLK Holiday and as has been our tradition, the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition will be hosting a number of events in honor of the Civil Rights leader and to support our community. Here is a list of the events:

“Day On Not Off” Saturday January 19, 2013, 8am-Noon The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems…and what better place this year than John Muir High School! Join us to beautify and care for a school with a long tradition and a forward-thinking principal, Mr. Timothy Sippel. Meet in the school’s center quad, 1905 Lincoln Avenue Pasadena 91103. Project Coordinators: Mr. Al Bailey and Ms. Joan Reed For more information call (626) 355-1583

MLK Jr. Holiday Celebration Monday, January 21,2O13 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Live Coverage of the Presidential Inauguration 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. followed by presentation of awards to student contestants in the MLK Community Coalition Essay and Art Contests. And as always, come mingle with local and state political leaders, while enjoying music from local artists and a fabulous lunch. The event will be held at Robinson Park 1081 North Fair Oaks Avenue Pasadena 91103

And for Our 2013 Essay Contest, the Winner Is…

Tuesday night Principal Gregory White opened the auditorium at Altadena Elementary School for parents, principals and friends to gather and enjoy an evening of oratory skill. Nine students competing in the 2012 Pasadena MLK Annual Essay Contest read from their notable essays as the final task in the contest. Judges were on hand to listen and evaluate the final places for each division.

The students selected at finalists were Victor Hoffman, Janelle Johnson and Kacie Ossmen (elementary division); Jordan Bray, Johanna Dickie, and Axel Tanner (middle school division) and Madeleine Cameron, Patsy Estrada and Hyun-Soo Kim (high school division). Each of these outstanding students shared some insightful observations regarding society, justice and ways to better our communities. Each strode to the podium, swallowed whatever jitters they felt and provided a very competitive evening. And…well, I’d hate to be one of the judges with the task of choosing a “winner.”

The final results will be announced on the Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration January 21, 2013 beginning 9:30 am at the Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 North Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena 91103.

Check back here for more information.