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Renaissance Man Lee Is Rotary’s Student of the Month

Lee also volunteers his time to teach computer programming classes for the Chinese School of San Marino. He also has volunteered more than 100 hours at the Huntington Library, where he created a video guide about the Grand Manner portraiture collection.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work with an institution of such immense cultural wealth,” Lee said.
Last summer, he completed a research project with graduate students at the University of California, Santa Barbara and though greatly immersed in the computer sciences, he took philosophy courses at Pasadena City College to examine his own core values and beliefs during the recent spate of social and political upheaval.
Lee also volunteers with STEAM:Coders, a Pasadena-based organization which helps underrepresented groups with science, technology, engineering, art and math.
“Matthew helps make computer science fun and cool,” said San Marino High School Principal Jason Kurtenbach.
“I really appreciate this award,” said Lee, upon receiving the honor at a virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of San Marino. “After four years of extremely hard work, it’s great to have that recognized.”
Lee could win another award for his humility.
“I think credit is most due to my supportive parents and family and the amazing teachers at San Marino High School,” Lee said when acknowledged by the National Merit Scholarship program.
Lee was recently accepted to the University of California, Berkeley, where he hopes to study computer science with a minor in business or entrepreneurship beginning in the fall.

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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.

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