Middle Schoolers Awarded for ‘Caring’

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.

Honorees, nominated by teachers and staff members, received a breakfast as well as a swag bag that includes an HMS T-shirt and a license plate frame that declares the recipient one of “Huntington’s Best.”
Morgan Shih is “friendly to all his classmates,” said Penny Roberts, one of his teachers.
Sally Stranger “works well with her peers and demonstrates kindness to all,” in the words of teacher Stephanie Moffat.
Adanna Azinge “always helps others enthusiastically,” said educator Beth Negrow. Azinge has already earned two Good Citizenship Awards this school year.
Jenna Estandarte is “a gem to have in class,” said Amiee Davignon, a teacher who nominated the 8th grader.
“This is one of my favorite times of the school year, presenting these awards,” said Topalian. “I feel it is crucial that we continue to recognize young people for displaying these important character traits.”
Other recipients who demonstrated caring include Morgan Herrera, Chloe Khalili, Raymond Li, Celeste Berlejung, Haruto Yamaba, Ethan Pham, Ashton Liu, Teddy Song, Peyton Herrera, Grace Davis, Sienna Rogers, Anna Mukherjee, Pepper Jung, Katherine Kohn, Ashley Kwok, Lily Li and Alex Kurbatov.

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

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