Basketball Season Starts at Beaver Creek

The Beaver Creek Campus Sun opened the hoops season Wednesday with an exciting,hard-fought, 52-47 victory over Oak Creek ranch school.Leading scorers for the Sun were Wenbo Ma and Tristan Hu, with 18 and 16 points,respectively. A day later, a tired Sun team, visited Rimrock high. The Game which ended 64-15 in favor of the home team was never close. Tristan was our leading scorer with 4 points.

(L to R) Mr. Farshtey,  Lola, Michael, Wenbo, Zewei, Perry, Art, Roddick, Mr.Huber, James, Tristan, Jean, Jeoy, Mike.

Wenbo Ma gets the ball.

Wenbo Ma shoots.

Southwestern Sun Sports

This fall we had Girls Volleyball and the Boys Soccer teams competing in the California Interscholastic Federation League. We had a strong Varsity Soccer team this year, 
they were one game away from being in the playoffs. 

Below, is the schedule for 2012 -2013 Basketball Season.

Number 18, Edmond White.
Our Girl's Varsity team plays Waverly.

Number 7, Masato Ito.

Edmond White going for a goal.

Starting November 29, come out and cheer for our Basketball teams. Sports Hotline 626.799.5010 x 6:

11/29: 3:30pm, Boys Basketball vs. Delphi ACA, Home Game
12/4:  3:30pm, Boys Basketball vs. New Covenant AC, Home Game
12/6:  3:30pm, Girls Basketball vs. LA Adventist, Away Game
12/6:  6:30pm, Boys Basketball vs. Waverly, Away Game
12/11: 5:30pm, Girls Basketball vs. Le Lycée, Away Game
12/11: 7:00pm, Boys Basketball vs. Le Lycée, Away Game

Volunteer Community Service by the Students at Beaver Creek

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the students of Southwestern Academy's Beaver Creek Ranch Campus participated in a day of community service. Students were organized into three separate groups, each with a particular location the Coconino National Forest. Students volunteered at the annual Water Festival at the Dead Horse Ranch, in Cottonwood, Arizona. Southwestern students could also be seen picking up trash along the Beaver Creek, which runs through Rimrock's Starlight Canyon. Students also walked over four miles picking up trash along the highway leading into the Beaver Creek. Southwestern's multinational student body participates in community service efforts as part of Southwestern's development of feature leaders and global citizens.  

Students volunteered at the annual Water Festival at the Dead Horse Ranch, in Cottonwood, Arizona.


Enjoy a very entertaining video by Southwestern Academy student, Mark Song:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

In a small town, a brewing romantic rivalry with a local tough guy, Brom Bones and a schoolteacher, Icabod Crane, culminates in a terrifying ride in the night. Mr. Bornt's drama class performs, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in the Chapel for the Halloween Season.

Randy Bruno as Icabod Crane and Daisy Barrios as Katrina Van Tassel .

Brom Bones, played by Jonas Kern teases Icabod Crane.

Icabod Crane riding a horse through the woods.

The Headless Horseman and the rest of the cast.

Southwestern Arts Society

On Friday, Oct. 12th, about a dozen Southwestern Academy students participated in the annual Pasadena Art Night. As in past years, They started at the Pacific Asia Museum, and continued on to the Pasadena California Art Museum around the corner, then ducked into the Pasadena Public Library to check up on our classmates doing community service and see an exhibit of artwork done by a class of disabled adults. Then we hopped on the shuttle bus to Art Center, where we observed a sculpture class in progress. Under heavy security, a trove of rare books and artifacts from The Huntington Library were on display there.

Tianna and Alexandra Brouke at the Pasadena Museum of California Art on Art Night. Photo by Nancy Ruiz.

Pasadena City Hall, lit up for Art Night. Photo by Nancy Ruiz.

The Southwestern Arts Society has sponsored five field trips during the first month of the school year, and we are pleased with the interest shown by our fellow students. Our opening trip was to see Carson McCullers's "The Square Root of Wonderful" in a small theater called The Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood. Next came two musical hits, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" at the performing arts center in La Mirada, and "Ain't Misbehavin'," at the International City Theater in Long Beach. Last Friday, a van full of curious students accompanied Mr. Pierpoint's English IV Honors group to a performance of the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar at the New American Theater in Hollywood.

Tianna and Isaiah Glenn at the Raven Theater in North Hollywood after a pizza dinner, waiting for the show to start. Photo by Nancy Ruiz.

Looking ahead, we have scheduled two classical music events. The first will take place on the 27th at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, where we'll hear the Colburn Symphony Orchestra perform works by Strauss, Debussy, and Mahler.  On the following Friday (11/2), we'll have dinner in Los Angeles and then hear an all-Brahms program at the Colburn School of Music.

International Dinner: Korean

The students get to learn about the different cultures and their food from their peer's native countries. A group of students provide the entertainment and make a traditional meal to share.

Students at Beaver Creek Hike Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ

There were 22 students who started the hike and 16 of them finished up to the top of Cathedral together with Mr.Kennedy and Mr.Huber.

Students Perform in Veronda Place.

Listen to some Halloween music.... 
performed by the Southwestern Jazz Trio, Randy Bruno, Charles Mathias and Kim Ni


The local parents of the San Marino campus had a chance to meet and greet with the faculty of Southwestern Academy on October 2, 2012.

Faculty, Ms. Williams and Dean, Ms. Jarchow
meets with Mrs. Amenya at Back to School night.

Mr. Herbst shares a laugh with the Mathias family.

Math teacher, Mr. Nord and parents.

ESL teacher, Mr. Pulgencio discusses
the courses with a parent.

School Starts at Southwestern Academy!

On September 17, 2012, Southwestern Academy welcomed the students to the new school year with a Back to School BBQ. 
The Proctors are ready to help the new students on their first day.

The crowds start to gather as registration begins.

The Headmaster, Mr. Veronda, introduces the new Student Body President, Charlie Mathias.
On the far right is the new music teacher, Mr. Gerowitz.
The New Student Body Council is introduced,
promising to bring many changes to Southwestern Academy.

The first day assembly ended with an acoustic jazz performance by the students and a dorm parent.

San Marino Rotary awards mini-grants to teachers from San Marino schools.

Mini Grants are given out to deserving teachers, who have submitted innovative proposals to San Marino Rotary. Each year the San Marino Rotary awards mini-grants to teachers from San Marino schools. Southwestern Academy was very pleased to receive substantial financial support this year. On the left, Mr. Kohn, the art teacher, has recieved a mini grant for a proposed art project for students using the concept of Gods and Goddesses. On the right, is the Dean of Students, Mr. Osmonson, receiving the hand shake.

Pacific Asia Museum

Students visited the exhibitions, The Art Pacific Asia, Kimono in the 20th Century and the paintings of contemporary artist, Gajin Fujita.

Students in the beautiful courtyard of the museum, where there is a garden and kio fish pond.

Artist, Gajin Fujita. He draws from his study of "Ukiyo-E"
and other forms of Japanese Art combined with graffiti.
Part of the "Kimono in the 20th Century" exhibit.


Herlina Dole: Class of 1992

Upon graduating from Woodbury College, Herlina decided to move back to her native Indonesia.

Herlina’s choice of careers is quite promising. She is highly involved with the education of Indonesia’s youth.

Herlina currently owns two schools. Her students range from pre-school to elementary. She has been quite busy teaching, communicating with parents, and working with her staff.

Herlina visited Southwestern this summer, bringing four junior high students to Colorado for an International conference. It was very informative, and she will bring back with her new ideas for her school.

You’re doing a great job, Herlina. Keep on educating Indonesia’s youth!

Sandra Djohan: Class of 1992

Oh, how I remember the class of 1992! That was the year Southwestern won the girls’ basketball league championship, and both Sandra and Herlina were part of the team that I coached. I had a great time with that group!

Sandra followed her passion of photography to Europe. She spent many years photographing France’s beauty. Her pictures are breathtaking and she has continued this passion through today.

Sandy has another passion that drives her- her love of cooking. She studied to become an outstanding chef! I can hardly wait to taste her cooking! Now back in Indonesia, she has opened her our restaurant. And guess what? She is also a famous star on t.v.! She has her own cooking show. Everyone one knows “Sandy”!

We would like to enjoy your cooking , Sandy! So bring it to California! I’m hungry!

Kay Yang: Class of 1997.

When Kay graduated from Southwestern, she spent a year studying at UC Davis. She spent most of her undergraduate work at Cal State- Los Angeles majoring in the sciences. Upon graduation from college, Kay continued her academics in New Hampshire at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She received her M.A. in International Patenting.

What does she do in her “spare time”? She plays a lot of tennis! She currently plays on an Orange County female tennis team that will be participating in the National Championships  in the near future!

Kay has worked for the Los Angeles Times in the editing department. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Kay became employed with the World Patent and Trademark Law Group. She is currently one of the chief administrators in her company. She currently lives in Orange County and became an American citizen!

We are all proud of you!

Students help clean up Eaton Canyon

Echo Mountain and Eaton Canyon is an historic site of 
The Mt. Lowe Railway and hotel. 

The students provided community services 
at the falls by picking up trash.

Jumping in the COLD water to cool off.

Scrabble Challenge

Mr. Richardson (ESL/English) challenged students to Scrabble. Any student able to beat him could do what they wish to his hair/beard. Aveline Liang's persistence paid off. She was victorious and merciless with the shears...