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First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Photos courtesy Huntington Middle School PTA

Huntington Middle School recently held its annual Hauntington Breakfast with a “Heroes Versus Villains” theme.
Under the leadership of co-chairs Stefanie Killackey and Nancy Ko, the event was a success.
Attendees enjoyed music from DJ Hem, games, rides, attractions and performances from the talent show. All proceeds raised from this event directly support HMS and enable the school to enrich the educational programs and provide valuable upgrades to its facilities.

The planning for Huntington Middle School’s annual “Hauntington Breakfast” — “Heroes Versus Villains” — is in full swing.
The community-wide event, led by co-chairs Stefanie Killackey and Nancy Ko, is returning in person this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the HMS playground. (Los Angeles County Department of Health guidelines will be followed, which means masking unless eating or drinking.)

Photo courtesy Huntington Middle School PTA 
Hauntington Breakfast co-chairs Cathy Newton, Jennifer Park and Jennifer Kang are preparing to host a virtual version of the HMS PTA’s popular annual event.

Huntington Middle School’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Halloween-themed Hauntington Breakfast, has had to make modifications — a familiar situation for much-anticipated events in the day of COVID-19.
Due to the campus’ closure amid the pandemic, the HMS PTA has decided that in lieu of the in-person annual pancake breakfast, it will sell do-it-yourself pancake meal kits for families. The kits will include dry pancake mix, Jones Coffee beans, breakfast syrup, orange juice, chocolate chips and fruit.
Each kit has enough food for about four people and will come in a specially made HMS cooler bag and include a custom HMS pancake whisk.
The entire community is welcome to participate and kits sell for $50. Participants are encouraged to make their pancakes on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24, and post pictures of their pancake creations on the @hauntingtonbreakfast Instagram site. Prizes are available for the best pancake creations.
There will also be a Halloween house decorating contest and a costume contest as well. Co-chairs Cathy Newton, Jennifer Kang and Jennifer Park have also created a unique “Nightmare Before

Last year, San Marino Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss told the audience at the Association of California School Administrators’ Golden Apple Awards breakfast that receiving the honor was akin to winning the Heisman Trophy.

This year, he showed them.

Shortly after presenting San Marino’s Karen and Bob Wicke with their well-deserved Golden Apples, Cherniss reached under the podium and pulled out two prototype Heismans, adorned with the heads of Karen and Bob, to accompany their Apples.

“Karen and Bob are the superheroes of the San Marino Unified School District,” said Cherniss. “They have been amazing supporters.”

Cherniss then did his best to summarize the contributions of the longtime residents, though each presenter was subject to time restrictions.

Karen Wicke is the incoming President of the San Marino High School PTSA. She currently serves as the vice president of the San Marino Public Library Foundation. Her other credentials include past president of the Huntington Middle School and Valentine Elementary School PTAs, former President of the PTA Council and past chair of the Hauntington Breakfast and Valentine Fair.

Karen is also a past president of the San Marino Junior Alliance and also served as benefit chair. She also put in time as a Cub Scout Den Leader.

“It’s a privilege to be part of this amazing community,” she told The Tribune.

Bob Wicke chaired the successful 2015 SMUSD Parcel Tax campaign and served as president of the San Marino High School football booster club in 2015, the same season the Titans won the CIF championship and advanced to the State title game.

He is a longtime Grad Night volunteer and past member of the SMUSD’s Technology Advisory Council. Bob served as president of the San Marino Tennis Center in 2014, is a former San Marino Community Athletics Association basketball and San Marino National Little League coach and is the current Eagle Advisor for Boy Scout Troop 359.

“I have very much enjoyed being a volunteer for the schools, which have been so good to our three sons and so many other students in San Marino,” Bob Wicke told The Tribune.

Those “three sons” are twins Arthur and Mark, who are freshman in the United States Coast Guard Academy; and Christopher, a sophomore at San Marino High School.

The Golden Apple Award is sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, or ACSA, and Wednesday’s ceremony, held at Dave & Busters in Arcadia, was hosted by the Northwest San Gabriel Valley Administrators Association, which encompasses ten local school districts.

The award is presented to volunteers for their service to the school districts.

San Marino High School Principal Mary Johnson was also presented with the Leadership Award by the Association of California School Administrators’ Region XV Northwest San Gabriel Valley Charter at the beginning of the ceremony.

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IT WAS A MONSTER MASH: left to right, is the Hauntington Breakfast Steering Committee, FRONT ROW: Mary Lee, Grace Navarrete, PTA President Jennifer Chuang, Co-Chairs Zillah Tobiano and Gemma Iannelli, Jasmin Tsai, Yvonne T. Chen and Ying Yuen. TOP ROW: Maurice Saldebar, Suzie Kim, Jennifer Giles, Gabrielle Carlton, Laurie Modean, Debi Cribbs, Nora Hernandez, Alice Song, Angela Sze, Judy Huie Mena, Sandra Chen and Hal Suetsugu. NOT PICTURED: Jason Dawes, Michael Giardina, Melinda Irie, Susan Lim, Annie Thaichareon, Mary Wong, Angie Ruiz and Lisa Herren.

Huntington Middle School invites you to join them at the annual Hauntington Breakfast ‘Monster Mash’ on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8-11 a.m. Enjoy your Saturday morning, filled with delicious food, beautiful music and fantastic entertainment where family and friends will get together to have a good time. Enjoy unique games for all ages, shopping for beautiful gifts (including gifts for the holidays) and fun family entertainment for all. All money raised benefits the programs for the students at the Huntington Middle School.

MONSTER MASH - PICTURED ABOVE, left to right, is the Hauntington Breakfast Steering Committee, FRONT ROW: Mary Lee, Grace Navarrete, PTA President Jennifer Chuang, Co-Chairs Zillah Tobiano and Gemma Iannelli, Jasmin Tsai, Yvonne T. Chen and Ying Yuen. TOP ROW: Maurice Saldebar, Suzie Kim, Jennifer Giles, Gabrielle Carlton, Laurie Modean, Debi Cribbs, Nora Hernandez, Alice Song, Angela Sze, Judy Huie Mena, Sandra Chen and Hal Suetsugu. NOT PICTURED: Jason Dawes, Michael Giardina, Melinda Irie, Susan Lim, Annie Thaichareon, Mary Wong, Angie Ruiz and Lisa Herren.
MONSTER MASH – PICTURED ABOVE, left to right, is the Hauntington Breakfast Steering Committee, FRONT ROW: Mary Lee, Grace Navarrete, PTA President Jennifer Chuang, Co-Chairs Zillah Tobiano and Gemma Iannelli, Jasmin Tsai, Yvonne T. Chen and Ying Yuen. TOP ROW: Maurice Saldebar, Suzie Kim, Jennifer Giles, Gabrielle Carlton, Laurie Modean, Debi Cribbs, Nora Hernandez, Alice Song, Angela Sze, Judy Huie Mena, Sandra Chen and Hal Suetsugu. NOT PICTURED: Jason Dawes, Michael Giardina, Melinda Irie, Susan Lim, Annie Thaichareon, Mary Wong, Angie Ruiz and Lisa Herren.

NEVER TOO EARLY…For breakfast. Huntington Middle School invites you to join them at the annual Hauntington Breakfast ‘Monster Mash’ on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8-11 a.m. Enjoy your Saturday morning, filled with delicious food, beautiful music and fantastic entertainment where family and friends will get together to have a good time. Enjoy unique games for all ages, shopping for beautiful gifts (including gifts for the holidays) and fun family entertainment for all. All money raised benefits the programs for the students at the Huntington Middle School.