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This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield. By Maya Al-Soufi (17’) Varsity Water Polo attacker, Alessio Brunochelli (11) has been playing the game for nine years and started when he was only 8 years old. He started when one of his parent’s friends told him that it was a “great sport, and I am sure you will be awesome at it.” Alessio’s favorite aspect of water polo is “the adrenaline that rushes through me. I am hyped throughout the entire game and whenever I make a shot it’s like I just won the world over.” Alessio was instantly good at the game. He was a starter the minute he joined, and has never been anything less since. “I fell in love with the game and showed up to practice everyday. I truly believe that the reason why I have improved so much is just because I gave it my 100 percent all day everyday. But, I am not perfect and I know that. I am not as fast as I should be and I am working on that. But, my strengths include all aspects of offense.” Alessio didn’t make the national team and that had always been a his goal. “My current goal is to win the junior olympics this year.” Alessio’s biggest achievement so far is being the MVP for the Rio Hondo League. Alessio’s numbers consist of 120 goals, 90 steals, and roughly 90 assists over this past season at San Marino. He plans to…

This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield By Debbie Hwang ‘16 In early June of previous years, senior Titans have made their way onto the Titan Stadium field on what many regard as the most important day of a high school student’s career: graduation. As students marched to their seats on the field, single-file, female students were adorned in white robes while male students were dressed in blue – with corresponding cap color. This year however, there is a change in this color assignment. All graduating Titans alike will be sporting blue caps and gowns on their graduation day. The reason for this change is one of consideration for all students. “Two years in a row I have received comments stating that it is a little insensitive to have the girls wear one color robe and the boys another, because not everyone identifies with their birth gender,” said Principal Mrs. Johnson. This issue of comfort and robes is relevant not only in San Marino but also throughout the nation. Out of respect for all students, three high schools in Maryland used a single color for graduation robes in June, 2015 to ensure gender neutrality. According to Fox News, “At least five other schools in Washington, D.C. have decided to make the change next year.” For the full story, see the print edition of the San Marino Tribune, or download the e-edition or visit the Titan Shield website at http://titanshield.org.

This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield By Valerie Wang ‘16 On Saturday, November 7, the SMHS Marching Band competed in the Los Altos Field Show Competition at La Puente High School. San Marino easily earned first place in its separate divisions. Auxiliary and Band earned 76.0 and 83.1, respectively. SMHS Marching Band continues to improve its score at every competition, and the members look to qualifying for championships. “The last time we made championships was two years ago, and we got to go to San Diego, which was an absolutely spectacular experience. Because of how special that time was, I’m very excited to participate again this year, albeit in a new division,” said Band President Sandy Fauré. For the full story, see the print edition of the San Marino Tribune, or download the e-edition or visit the Titan Shield website at http://titanshield.org.

This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield By Maya Al-soufi ‘17 “Democracy must be learned by each generation” is the motto of YMCA Youth and Government. This is a program that allows high school students in the United States to serve in model governments at the local, state, national and international levels. It currently operates in 38 states, and Washington, D.C. The program was established in 1936 in New York by Clement “Pete” Duran and its purpose is to engage and educate students about the United States legal process. Their intention is to simply “create leaders.” The model government includes the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, guided by teachers, volunteers or Youth Government staff. The California Youth & Government organization has sponsored statewide educational programs for more than 70,000 junior high and high school students since the year of 1948. “People join from all over California because it teaches valuable lessons such as responsibility and about the government in a realistic way,” says Senior Jamila Seede; the only representative from San Marino High School at the San Marino and South Pasadena delegation. “I joined because one of my friends from another delegation would rave about it to me all the time. My favorite part is going to the conferences and meeting people from delegations all over the state!” There are delegations all over the state with the amount of members ranging from as many as 300 to as little as one. For…

This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield. By Valerie Wang ‘16 Undefeated in league, SMHS’ Varsity girls golf won the Pacific League championship and competed at the Northern Division CIF Team Championship. Nearing the end of the girls golf season, the Lady Titans also won the Junior Varsity Girls Golf Pacific League championship. On October 20, senior Alex Chen, juniors Cameron McCrary and Vivian Sun, sophomore Bella Setio, and freshman Ada Wong traveled to Oxnard, California to play at the River Ridge Golf Club for Pacific League Individual Championships. Chen, McCrary, Setio, Sun, and Wong shot 85, 76, 78, 81, and 80, respectively. Wong earned 2nd place, McCrary earned 3rd, Setio earned 4th, Sun earned 6th, and Chen earned 7th. Each of the  Lady Titans qualified past the championships. “We all have the ability to go low and now it’s just a matter of consistently shooting solid rounds. I really believe we can make it to state this year and contend for the title,” senior captain Chen said. The day after, the JV Girls Golf team competed at the Altadena Golf Course for its league final match. Seniors Loriann Hom and Valerie Wang, sophomore Chloe Tsui, and freshmen Megan Chang, Jan Estandarte, and Chloe Lok earned 54, 44, 46, 44, 44, and 42, respectively. With the league lowest score, Lok earned first place medalist. Chang, Estandarte, and Wang tied for second place medalist. This Monday, Chen, McCrary, Setio, Sun, and Wong traveled back to…

This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield By Tom Hindle ‘17 In support of the Titans, ASB organizes events to make school spirit reach a climax on Friday, Oct 9 when the football team plays their Homecoming game. This year, the Titans played the Temple City Rams in the Rio Hondo League opener. The team capitalized in early offense and lockdown defense, winning by a score of 56-6. The Titans jumped on the board early, as senior quarterback Carson Glazier led the team down the field, with the offense smoothly executing every play. The drive ended with a play run for senior Mark Wicke, who ran for a four yard touchdown from the quarterback position, just minutes into the first quarter. “We have a pretty dynamic offense, and getting on the board early just helps with our confidence” said senior Receiver JP Shohfi. As the ball changed sides, the Titan defense got to work, stopping the Rams and forcing the first of many punts. This would prove to be one of the driving forces towards the win, as the Rams only had five first downs all evening. “It gives us confidence (to hold teams to 6 points), but I still think we need to work over the next few weeks to get better” said senior linebacker Chaz Davis. Going forward, the Titan offense started to flourish, as Junior Michael Chan scored on a seven-yard rush for his first of three touchdowns on the ninth…