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Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Mary Hazlett, Huntington Middle School’s assistant principal, called caring her favorite character trait.
“If you are just caring and considerate, I think that’s a really good start,” said Hazlett, who was in the HMS library Wednesday, Nov. 10, to distribute Good Citizenship awards at a special breakfast. Hazlett and Principal Daryl Topalian honor good citizens every month for character traits such as honesty, courtesy, responsibility and service.

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Huntington Middle School has once again achieved the coveted National Blue Ribbon status, the only California middle school to be honored for the year 2021.
Principal Daryl Topalian attended the official awards ceremony, which took place Nov. 4-5 in National Harbor, Maryland, following the announcement of winners in September.

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

At least three San Marino police officers who reported having COVID symptoms last week are still off-duty and remain in quarantine, according to Sgt. Naved Qureshi, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who is president of the San Marino Police Officers Association, the union representing its 23 rank-and-file members.
The SMPOA has said that 12 of its 23 officers are fully vaccinated for COVID. The police chief and two commanding officers have also been vaccinated.

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

It might come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the peculiarities of high school team tennis that the thrilling finish to a match is more of an exception than the rule.
The point that eventually secures victory for one team and spells defeat for the other often takes place during an otherwise nondescript match on a far-off court. Frequently, the athletes themselves are not aware of the importance of an individual match until an elaborate reporting process has taken place and a forensic examination of the scores reveals the time of victory — or defeat — for one team or the other.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Gail Denham’s kindergarten class at Carver Elementary School recently participated in an anti-bullying training.
The training was led by counselor Stacey Beavers, who splits her time between San Marino’s two elementary schools.
The students learned about the role played by bystanders of bullying and how to recognize, report and refuse bullying.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Members of San Marino High School’s girls’ varsity tennis team finished in four of the top six positions at last week’s Rio Hondo League individual championships, which were held at Temple City’s Live Oak Park — Giselle Gandakusuma (third place, singles); Elaine Wu (second place, doubles); Valerie Kuo (third place, doubles); Olivia Center (first place, singles); Tianmei Wang (third place, doubles) and Selina Wu (second place, doubles). The Titans concluded the regular season with an 11-1 overall record and 8-0 in winning the Rio Hondo League team championship. San Marino is currently competing in the CIF Division 1 playoffs

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

City Manager Marcella Marlowe received a two-year extension to her contract at Friday’s meeting of the San Marino City Council, extending the term of her employment through Oct. 15, 2024. Marlowe’s previous deal was set to end on Oct. 15, 2022.
“I am honored to have received this vote of confidence from the City Council,” Marlowe said Monday. “This is a challenging time for our organization and I am committed to partnering with the City Council to continue our longstanding tradition of service to the community and excellence among our team.”

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

San Marino Partnership for Awareness will bring Sucheta Kamath — an award-winning speech-language pathologist, TEDx speaker and tech-entrepreneur — as its next speaker in this school year’s speaker series. 
She will focus on supporting parents by discussing, “The Boss Brain: Executive Function,” and will share strategies to help children and teens develop self-awareness and independence.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Lightning struck San Marino High School’s varsity football team last Friday night for the second time in a week, and in the future neither bolt will spark many positive memories.
Instead, when summoning up memories of the 2021 season, players, coaches, family members and close friends may recall of one of the most painful yet exhilarating two-game spans in decades as the Titans were nipped at the wire for the second consecutive week.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Ryan Sabin was packed and ready to head off to college at Utah State University. That was August 2018.
The San Marino High School graduate, known for his athleticism, chose the 28,000-student Logan, Utah, campus for its wide-open campus and focus on the outdoor lifestyle. Sabin spent most of his high school time in the elements, having played varsity football, soccer, and baseball at SMHS. He was so proficient in athletics that he won the school’s Joe Pappalardo 110% award his senior year, 2018.