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Congratulations Class Of 2015!

Photo Courtesy:  WVUSD DBHS valedictorians Zhen Hao Chen, Kali De Cambra, Michelle Lyu, and Daniel Shin delivered the commencement address during graduation.

Photo Courtesy: WVUSD DBHS valedictorians Zhen Hao Chen, Kali De Cambra, Michelle Lyu, and Daniel Shin delivered the commencement address during graduation.

By Kelli Gile

Diamond Bar – Nearly 1,500 Walnut Valley Unified School District graduating seniors participated in commencement ceremonies on May 28.  Families and friends filled football stadiums carrying bouquets and helium balloons ready to celebrate the milestone accomplishment.

During the 32nd commencement at Diamond Bar High, 724 graduates in purple and gold cap and gowns streamed into Holmes Memorial Stadium.

“It hasn’t really hit me that it’s over,” said Marissa Kummerman before the 7 p.m. ceremony.  “It still seems like I will go back on Monday and hang out with my friends in the drama room and sing karaoke!”

“It’s definitely an exciting day,” added Jordan Lin, 18. “But it’s also a little sad saying goodbye to friends that I’ve known since elementary school.”

“It’s an amazing feeling to be done and to have accomplished my goals,” Antonio “Noodles” Hull shared. “My favorite memory is being around this good group of friends.”

Principal Catherine Real addressed the Class of 2015 during the commencement.

“This class is an accomplished body of students with standouts in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, and at the helm, who have set their own standards in the four As – Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics,” said Real. “And never before has a class been so defined by service to others.”

“Wherever life leads us after high school, I pray that we remember the important lessons we learned here, like hard work, perseverance, and dedication,” said class president, Daniel Shin.  “This class is the epitome of the phrase, ‘purple pride; gold standard!’”

Congratulations to DBHS valedictorians: Kyu Seo Ahn, Athena Chen, Zhen Hao Chen, Kali De Cambra, Sophia Deng, Jeannie Huang, Mandy Hung, Rena Jiang, Leanne Kao, Rae Lasko, Ju Sun Lee, Katlyn Lee, Young Lin, Michelle Lyu, Elizabeth Pang, Jin Sung Park, Derek Peng, Christie Sandjaya, Kimi Taira, Lai Tsung Wan, Emily Wong, Jordan Wong, Je-Han Yang, and Vivian Yan.

Each stellar scholar earned a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. all four years.

13 IB diploma candidates were recognized for completing the rigorous academic program:  Congratulations to Simran Bhogal, Zhen Hao Chen, Vanessa Cheng, Matthew Chiu, Rena Jiang, Leanne Kao, Serena Lin, Young Lin, Madison McCarty, Sydney Pun, Samantha Samoyfenko, Mayur Upparapalli, and Andrew Yoo.

The two groups of grads were awarded gold medallions to signify their accomplishment.

“Class of 2015, you do not leave this place alone,” Real added.  “You go forward with a global Brahma family ready to support you and celebrate your successes and we shall always be at your side. Seniors, congratulations and much luck to you always!”

Great High Schools

DBHS, WHS medal in latest U.S. News report

 

 By Kelli Gile

Walnut – U.S. News & World Report has once again listed Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools among the best schools in the state and the nation in the report issued on May 12.

To determine which schools are best preparing their students for college and careers, U.S. News looked at more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Diamond Bar High received gold medal status out of 30,000 U.S. high schools, ranking 65th in the state and 348th in the nation.  Additionally, Diamond Bar’s Magnet ranking is 61st and STEM is 87th in the nation.

“Our rankings are a result of a partnership among students, staff, parents, community members, and the district office in supporting the balance provided by our foundations of the four A’s: Academics, Activities, the Arts, and Athletics,” said Principal Catherine Real.

Walnut High was awarded silver medal status and ranked 105th in the state and 542nd in the nation in the 2015 report.

“We were a little disappointed that Walnut didn’t receive the gold medal again this year,” said Principal Jeff Jordan.  “I realize that there are many who look at rankings as the total grade for a school. I am proud of the ranking we have but more importantly, I am really proud of the work that our students and staff do on a daily basis. We are student centered and I am proud that we provide positive opportunities for all students every day. In my opinion, we are focused on doing great things for kids!”

Schools were awarded medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Advanced Placement test scores or International Baccalaureate test data were also used in the rankings.

This year, 500 high schools received gold medals, 2,027 schools earned silver and 3,990 took home bronze.

“At the center of our foundations is our belief in providing equitable access to opportunities for success to ALL of our students,” Real added.

 

Grammy Foundation Honors DBHS’ Acciani

Photo Courtesy:  Kelli Gile   2015 Music Educator Award top-ten finalist, Steven Acciani, receives his honorarium, shown (L-R) with Assistant Supt. Dr. Michelle Harold; Assistant Supt. Dr. Matthew Witmer; Grammy Executive Education Director David Sears; Board Members Larry Redinger, Cindy Ruiz and Helen Hall; Principal Catherine Real; and Ford Motor Company Fund’s Dee Dee Boykin.

Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile
2015 Music Educator Award top-ten finalist, Steven Acciani, receives his honorarium, shown (L-R) with Assistant Supt. Dr. Michelle Harold; Assistant Supt. Dr. Matthew Witmer; Grammy Executive Education Director David Sears; Board Members Larry Redinger, Cindy Ruiz and Helen Hall; Principal Catherine Real; and Ford Motor Company Fund’s Dee Dee Boykin.

Staff Reports

Diamond Bar – On Mon., May 18, Music Educator Award Finalist, Steven Acciani, was honored at a presentation by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation at the Diamond Bar High School Theater.

Grammy Foundation Vice President, Scott Goldman, presented honorariums to Acciani and Diamond Bar High School with generous support and resources provided by the Grammy Foundation’s Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company, Journeys, and Microsoft.  Acciani received a $1,000 honorarium, and DBHS received a matching $1,000 grant.

A joint partnership of the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education, and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.  A total of ten music teachers from ten cities across nine states were finalists for the award.  In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Acciani is the Instrumental Music Director at Diamond Bar High School, and has been with Walnut Valley Unified School district for 26 years.

DBHS Students Compete In Vans’ Custom Kicks Contest

Check out the DBHS designs and cast your vote at http://sites.vans.com/customculture/vote/ – Voting ends on Mon., May 11.

 

Photo Courtesy:  Kelli Gile Diamond Bar High graphic design students are currently ranked in the top 10 in the Vans Custom Culture Contest.

Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile
Diamond Bar High graphic design students are currently ranked in the top 10 in the Vans Custom Culture Contest.

By Kelli Gile

Diamond Bar – Five Diamond Bar High students are currently ranked top 10 in the Vans Custom Culture contest.  They are looking for your votes to push them to the top.

The national high school competition invites students to show off their creativity.  Vans sent four pairs of blank white shoes to the first 3,000 schools that registered for the contest.

“All my graphic design students participated in the design process,” explained teacher Jon Haprov. “The class then voted on their favorites to be made into shoes.”

The designs of Sophia Arnold, junior; William Chen, junior; Star Vasquez, senior; Mary Zhuo, freshman; and Connie Mach, junior, made the cut.

“I love teamwork and being creative with a group,” Vasquez said about the design project.

Students customized the popular kicks around the themes of Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor.

“Some students have different strengths and they pooled those talents together in the final stages of the process,” Haprov added.

Check out the DBHS designs and cast your vote at http://sites.vans.com/customculture/vote/.   Voting ends on Mon., May 11.

“If everyone in Diamond Bar and Walnut cast one vote with their phone and one with their computer, that would be a lot of votes!” added Haprov.

The top five finalists will be flown to the final event, where a grand prize winner will be announced.

The lucky winner will receive $50,000 for their high school art program and a chance for their design to be sold in Vans’ retail stores. Runners up receive $4,000 toward their schools.

“Into The Woods” Comes To Diamond Bar

Photo Courtesy:  Beatrice Casagran

Photo Courtesy: Beatrice Casagran

By Beatrice Casagran

Diamond Bar The Diamond Bar High School Theatre Arts Department will be performing “Into the Woods,” on April 23, 24, 25, 30 and May 1 and 2. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

“Into the Woods,” a musical from the book by James Lapine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, takes a grown up twist on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Rapunzel.  The production intertwines the plots of several stories with the original tale about a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family, and their interaction with the witch who put a curse on them.

“My favorite part of the production is definitely the musical score. The music is so fun and catchy, and I’m having a lot of fun working with the cast to perfect it,” said DBHS student Will Nazareno, who not only plays the role of Rapunzel’s Prince, but is also Assistant Music Director.

As is the practice in the DBHS theater program, students involved with the musical, take a production class and work as a company on every element of production, including management, acting, stage-craft, set design, makeup design, publicity, fundraising, house management, box office, concessions and music.

The musical features live music played by DBHS’ Grammy Award-winning orchestra conducted by Steve Acciani.  The visually stunning set was designed through collaboration between staff and DBHS Theatre Performing Arts Academy students.  The idea of using books to represent each story came from a set design project by senior, Marissa Kummerman, and the basic lay out and idea to use trees for all the structural set elements came from a design by senior, Emily Beard, who also designed and built Milky White, the prominently featured cow in the show.

“The aim of the program is to give students real world experiences and skills that will give them a really strong base for college and career,” said Beatrice Casagran, DBHS Theatre Arts teacher.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this production. We’ve been putting in a lot of work to make it great, and I can’t wait to put it on for an audience,” said Amelia Anijielo, who is playing the Witch.

Though only a freshman, Anijielo has been wowing those who experience her strong, warm mezzo voice and magnetic stage presence.  She recently won an award for her acting at the Fullerton High School Theater Festival as part of the DBHS team.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.seatyourself.biz/dbhsdrama, or at the door. Ticket prices vary depending on seating section, starting at $12 for students and $15 for adults.  The Diamond Bar High School Theater is located at 21400 E. Pathfinder Road, in Diamond Bar.

 

 

DBHS Orchestra Cup Grand Champions

(Photo Courtesy:  Kelli Gile) The 140-member Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 1st place Orchestra Cup award while sightseeing at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

(Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile)
The 140-member Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 1st place Orchestra Cup award while sightseeing at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

By Kelli Gile

Diamond Bar – The Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra has been crowned the best in the nation.  The 140-member orchestra won the National School Orchestra Finals at New York’s Lincoln Center.  As Grand Champions, Diamond Bar High received the prestigious Orchestra Cup award.

Guest Conductor, Sey Ahn, and Instrumental Music Director, Steve Acciani, led the stellar performance of Brahms 4th Symphony.

The top eight schools in the country were invited to compete in the Finals, held Mar. 8, in the Alice Tully Hall.

“Just to be invited is fantastic,” Acciani said.

Two years ago DBHS came in second place.

“This year we picked a very difficult piece. Every person in the entire group has to be at a very high level just to even attempt it,” the orchestra director explained.

The elite musicians at Diamond Bar High were up for the challenge.

“We had the right combination of great wind players, great string players, and great percussion players,” said Acciani, a 2015 Grammy Music Educator Finalist.

“At the beginning we all knew the Brahms was a super difficult piece and we’ve played difficult pieces before,” said senior violinist Grace Chin. “Eventually it all paid off.”

Leading up to the festival the dedicated musicians put in weeks of after-school and weekend rehearsals.

“It was a really good moment for us because we had put in so much work,” shared junior cellist Eric Zhu.

“The kids were just phenomenal. To be able that pull it off at the level they did is remarkable,” Acciani said.

The DBHS performance earned a standing ovation from the other competitors and high praise from the judging panel.

“The judges commented that it was one of the finest orchestras they’ve ever heard,” Acciani said.

The 40-minute presentation was everything the group hoped it could possibly be.

“When we played in the big hall it sounded really amazing. Everything was on point and it felt like it was like worth the time and effort we put into it!” Zhu stated.

“It was one of those moments where everything connects. You’re able to take what the composer intended and communicate that to the audience. It was something pretty spectacular,” Acciani added.

Diamond Bar High School is the 2014 National Grammy Signature School.

 

DB High Alumnus Playing In Super Bowl XLIX

Diamond Bar High alumnus and New England Patriots offensive lineman, Ryan Wendell, will be playing in the 2015 Super Bowl on February 1 (Photo by Kelli Gile

Diamond Bar High alumnus and New England Patriots offensive lineman, Ryan Wendell, will be playing in the 2015 Super Bowl on February 1 (Photo by Kelli Gile           

By Kelli Gile

Diamond BarCheck out Diamond Bar High School 2004 graduate, Ryan Wendell, when the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on February 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The DBHS standout was an All-CIF Southern Section selection as a senior defensive lineman, with more than 50 tackles, six sacks, and much more.

Wendell earned the same honor as an offensive lineman his junior year. He was the Sierra League’s Most Valuable Player as a junior.  Wendell’s DBHS #77 Brahma jersey is retired, and he was named to the school’s Hall of Fame.

Wendell earned a scholarship to Fresno State, was a four-year starter, and earned numerous accolades.

Wendell signed with the Patriots in 2008 as a free agent and played on the scout team before working his way onto the lineup, filling in for an injured lineman.  His work ethic and proven ability has earned him a spot on the starting team with quarterback, Tom Brady.

Wendell, #62, a guard, shifted to center after rookie Bryan Stork suffered a knee injury in the first half of the AFC second-round playoff game against Baltimore.   He is currently practicing as the starting center for the Super Bowl.

“Ryan worked at all the positions, all the way through the spring – center and guard,” Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick, said earlier this season.

“Ryan’s a really smart player. He’s one of the smartest players that we have, that we’ve had.” Belichick told the Fresno Bee this week.

At 6’ 2”, Wendell may be the smallest offensive lineman in the NFL, but he doesn’t let size stop him.  He plays with superior technical skills and heart, according to his former DBHS coach, Kurt Davies.

The pro football player stops by the high school every year to talk with the team.

This will be Wendell’s second Super Bowl appearance. And you can be sure Diamond Bar High will be cheering for this hometown hero on February 1!

Diamond Bar High School’s Acciani Named Finalist For Music Educator Award

By Kelli Gile

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Diamond Bar High School Instrumental Music Director, Steve Acciani, has been named a finalist. (Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile)

Diamond Bar – Diamond Bar High School Instrumental Music Director, Steve Acciani, has been named a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.            Ten teachers were selected from over 7,000 nominations around the country for their significant contributions to music education. Each finalist will receive $1,000 honorarium.

“We are extremely proud of the recognition that Mr. Acciani has earned from the Grammy Foundation. He is an inspirational music teacher and an integral part of who we are as a community. We are so happy for him!” said Principal Catherine Real.

This is Acciani’s 26th year teaching in the Walnut Valley Unified School District.

“I feel so fortunate to live and work in a community that recognizes the importance of the arts for our students. The school district and community continues to provide fantastic support for our programs, allowing us to do some pretty amazing things,” Acciani said.

While the Grammy ceremony is held to present artists with the recording industry’s most prestigious award, the Grammy Foundation and Recording Company will also honor one local hero. The winner will be announced during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015.

For the second year, the Grammy Music Educator Award will pay tribute to a special teacher for his/her remarkable impact on students. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium.

On November 11, Grammy honorary chairman and “American Idol” host, Ryan Seacrest, visited Diamond Bar High to congratulate Acciani on being named one of the 25 semifinalists for the award. Ford Motor Company was on hand that day hosting its Drive 4 UR School test-drive event to help raise money for the music program. Seacrest joined in the fun taking a test drive with two DBHS students.

Diamond Bar High was named the 2014 National Grammy Signature School, becoming the first high school in California to receive the prestigious award.

 

Diamond Bar: Brahma Golfers Sign College Letters Of Intent

By Kelli Gile

Congratulations to Brahma golfers, Sahith Theegala and Jefferson Kao, who have signed national letters of intent. Shown with Coach Ty Watkins and Principal Catherine Real.

Congratulations to Brahma golfers, Sahith Theegala and Jefferson Kao, who have signed national letters of intent. Shown with Coach Ty Watkins and Principal Catherine Real.

Diamond Bar – Two Diamond Bar High School varsity boys’ golfers have signed national college letters of intent.

Senior Sahith Theegala will attend Pepperdine University, and senior Jefferson Kao will attend University of California, Irvine in the fall.

“It’s exciting and kind of unbelievable,” Kao said about the receiving the athletic scholarship.

Theegala and Kao have been varsity players since their freshman year.

“Entering the Brahma team, we already knew all the players. It was like a big family because we played junior golf,” Kao explained. “Our goal was to help each other improve, improve as a team, and to play our best.”

Kao first picked up the clubs at 6-years of age, and they were the plastic ones. Now 17, he is excited about his decision to play at UC Irvine.

“I’m happy with the team, I already feel like it’s a family.”

Theegala said he only needed to look at a few colleges before making his decision.

“It feels awesome,” Theegala said after the signing day. “Pepperdine met all my requirements and the coaches are amazing,” the 16-year old said. He’ll be 17 in a week.

Theegala agreed that the long-term golf relationships helped the Brahma team.

“We all knew each other coming here and kind of fed off each other.  And when the golf season starts we have so much fun. It goes by too fast!”

“The Diamond Bar Golf Program has had some great success over the past few years, mostly due to the great accomplishments of Sahith Theegala and Jefferson Kao,” praised Coach Ty Watkins.

The DBHS Boys Golf Team was named 2012 League Champions, CIF Champions, 2013 League Champions, CIF Champions, 2014 League Champions, and CIF Runner-ups.

“The Varsity Boys Golf Team has been riding on the coat tails of these two extraordinary young men, we are hoping to make one more run at a CIF title, and maybe even a run at a CIF State championship, like the Diamond Bar Girls team.  Our team is incredibly excited for Sahith and Jefferson, and we know the Pepperdine community of Malibu and the Irvine community will benefit because of these two wonderful men,” said Watkins.

 

 

 

Diamond Bar: Ryan Seacrest Celebrates DB High School Music Director

STAFF REPORTS

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Diamond Bar High School senior flutist, Bridget Pei, took a test drive with Ryan Seacrest during the Drive 4UR School fundraiser on Nov. 11. (Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile)

Diamond Bar – American Idol” Host, Ryan Seacrest, came to Diamond Bar High School to celebrate Instrumental Music Director, Steve Acciani, a national semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

The Grammy Foundation and Ford Motor Company presented the special event on November 11.

KIIS-FM – with Manny on the Streets – entertained families with concert tickets, CD give-a-ways, and line dances as they awaited the celebrity’s arrival. The DBHS Color Guard and Band performed “Happy” when Seacrest arrived before a huge crowd of fans at 1 p.m.

Seacrest, the Honorary Grammy Foundation Chair, greeted music teacher Acciani on stage.

“We want to congratulate you and thank you for all you do,” Seacrest said.

Acciani said that he was a bit nervous speaking in front of the crowd.

“I usually have my back to the audience,” the Music Director quipped.

Acciani said that he was extremely grateful for the support of the program.

“I think the whole community embraces what the arts can do for our students and they’re incredibly supportive. It adds so much academically and gives the students a way to express themselves.”

The event featured 700 instrumental music students who played during the fundraising festival.

DBHS partnered with Ford Motor Company and Fairway Ford for the Drive 4 UR School national test drive program to help raise money for the school’s outstanding music program. During the one-day event, $20 (up to $6,000) was donated for every person who test-drove one of the 2015 models including the Flex, Fusion, F-150, Escape, Explorer, and C-MAX.

Two excited Brahmas were plucked from the audience to go on a test drive with Seacrest.

“It was fantastic! He’s a great guy,” exclaimed senior Will Nazareno, a 17-year old tuba player after the ride of his life. Nazareno then described his award-winning music teacher.

“Mr. Acciani is such a pride for Diamond Bar High!” he said. “He helps us with everything we do; he guides us, and serves as our light.”

Senior flutist, Bridget Pei, drove to the local In-N-Out with the television star.

“I got a cheeseburger and Ryan got the healthy choice, a protein burger.” The crew at In-N-Out was a little shaken up by the surprise visit, she explained.

“They were so excited that when they gave us the change, they dropped the money, so we had to go outside and get it.”

Pei is thrilled her teacher received the national award.

“There’s no other band director in the entire world that deserves it more that he does. Mr. A (as he is known) dedicates his heart and soul into this program.”

The community lined up to support the Drive 4 UR School program.

“Anything I can do to help raise money for the school, I’m willing to do. And to test drive a car is a great opportunity to try out a new vehicle,” said DBHS English teacher Stacy Tenace.

“I’m excited about any creative ways they can raise funds for the kids. So this is great!” said band parent, Sam Ocon, just before driving a new Ford Fusion.

Several guest musicians joined the Commercial Music Program rock band performance including Dramarama singer, John Easdale, and Oingo Boingo drummer, Johnny Vatos.

One of the day’s highlights was when Acciani played the saxophone during the classic, “Dead Man’s Party.”

Acciani was selected as one of 25 semifinalists out of more than 7,000 nominations from all 50 states. The Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made a significant and long lasting contribution to music education in the schools.

Finalists will be named in December. The national winner will be announced live at the Grammy Awards in February.

 

 

Walnut Valley: Best High Schools In America

 BY KELLI GILE

 

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Diamond Bar High School Class of 2014 Super Star Seniors Steven Gomez, Claire Huang, Jane Wu, and Vrajesh Shah. (Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile)

 

Walnut – Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) is pleased to announce that both Diamond Bar and Walnut high schools have been ranked in the top 100 of all high schools in America, by the Daily Beast publication.

Diamond Bar High School ranked #54 overall in the nation, and #7 in California. They also scored in the top 100 in specific categories of Rigor, Graduation Rates, and ACT/SAT scores.

Walnut High School ranked #97 overall in the nation and #11 in California.  They also scored in the top 100 in the specific category of Rigor.

This is a remarkable achievement when considering it’s estimated that there are more than 30,000 public and private high schools across the country. It also appears that WVUSD is the only school district in California with two high schools in the top 100 in the nation.

“This is an incredible achievement for our schools and entire community,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor stated. “It is a reflection of the relentless commitment to student achievement on behalf of our Board of Trustees, staff, students, parents, and community.  And, to be what appears as the only school district in California with two high schools ranked in the top 100 nationally is a tribute to the “Kids First” attitude throughout our K-12 community.”

Principals Catherine Real at Diamond Bar High, and Jeff Jordan at Walnut High, received notification of the prestigious national recognition on Wed., Aug. 27.

“Our ranking is a result of our hard work with our students, our excellent staff, our supportive community, and the commitment to responsibly increase access to rigorous courses to a greater number of students,” Real said.

“I am so proud of our Walnut High staff for this accomplishment. It definitely reflects the hard work and dedication that takes place on this campus.  Our school has always taken a team approach to do what is best for our students. Both certificated and classified staffs take pride to provide great service to our students,” Jordan said.

The Daily Beast publication uses six indicators taken from school surveys to compare public high schools in the United States, with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, and SAT and ACT scores.  The full results can be viewed at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/27/america-s-top-high-schools.html.

 

 

Diamond Bar: DB Grad Police Officer Dies In Crash

BY STAFF REPORTS

 

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Thomas Chamberlin
(Photo Courtesy: Fontana Police Department)

 

The accident occurred Tues., June 10, just before 8:30 p.m. as Chamberlin, who was off-duty at the time, was traveling on Highway 39, near Azusa, in the Angeles National Forest. A CHP officer has reportedly stated that Chamberlin went down onto the roadway, and subsequently hit the side of the mountain. He was airlifted to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and it is still being investigated by the CHP.

 

Chamberlin graduated from DBHS in 2006, and immediately entered the Marine Corp. He reportedly served in Iraq in 2008-2009, and Afghanistan in 2010. After being honorably discharged in 2011 he attended California State University Fullerton when he was hired by the Fontana Police Department. A Fontana Police Department news release stated he graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Police Academy in December 2013.

 

Chamberlin is survived by his parents, Tom and Guadalupe Chamberlin.

Diamond Bar: High School Seniors Receive Scholarships

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Ren and Bill Kwai, recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship (Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile)

BY KELLI GILE

Diamond Bar – Diamond Bar High School seniors, Kristy Ren and Bill Kwai, have been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS).

GMS selects 1,000 talented students from 52,000 nationwide applicants to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to pursue a degree in an undergraduate major at any accredited college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium scholars are provided with personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Ren will attend the University of Southern California in the fall and study applied mathematics. She plans to pursue a career in finance as a portfolio manager.

“This award is so well deserved. Kristy is one of the hardest working and determined students I know. She is such a special young lady and it has been a privilege to work with her over the past few years,” said Grade Level Coordinator, Jenna Brummett.

Kwai will attend Stanford University and major in computer science. His career goal is to create a startup software company.

“Bill Kwai is quite a guy. He’s been a great student here, and I know he’ll continue to do incredible things in the future,” said Grade Level Coordinator, Dave Desmond.

Established in 1999 with the goal of developing Leaders for America’s Future™, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program has been funded by a grant through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Diamond Bar: High School Football Coach Steps Down

Diamond Bar Highschool Football

(Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

BY KELLI GILE

Diamond Bar— Diamond Bar High School Coach Ryan Maine has decided to step down as Varsity Football Coach.
Ryan and his wife Lindsay are pursuing opportunities for their family that may include relocation.
“We truly appreciate all that Coach Maine has done for the program over his entire history at DBHS. We fully support him and his wife in their future endeavors and wish them the best of luck,” said Principal Catherine Real.
“We will be conducting a comprehensive search for a new Head Football Coach to ensure that our student athletes will be successful for years to come,” Real added.
Maine served three years as Head Coach and seven years in the Brahma Football Program. Even though Maine will step down as coach, he will remain on the Diamond Bar High School staff as a teacher.
“We appreciate the efforts that Coach Maine and his entire staff have made over the last three years. We are in a much better place because of this. Principal Real and I have already begun the search for a new Head Coach and are excited to see where that search will take us. Coach Maine will still be around for the immediate future and will assist in making the transition as smooth as possible. I can’t thank Ryan and Lindsay enough for the extreme sacrifice they have made over the last three years to bring Brahma football back where it belongs,” said Athletic Director Kurt Davies.