Students From La Mirada High Will Compete at SkillsUSA 47th Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 19:33

La Mirada~Eleven La Mirada High School students will go on to compete in the SkillsUSA statewide competition from April 24-27 in San Diego.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the United States has a skilled workforce.

Students competed at the regional level in the areas of Criminal Justice, Speech, Job Interviews, Health Occupations, Entrepreneurship, Web Design, Early Childhood Development, Community Service, Human Services, T-Shirt Design, Manufacturing, Marketing and Welding.

La Mirada High earned 28 gold medals, 23 silver medals and six bronze medals.

La Mirada Kiwanis Scholarships Available E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:39

La Mirada~The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada is now accepting applications for scholarships. Graduating high school students must be residents of the City of La Mirada and be pursuing an education at a college, university or accredited trade school.  Applicants will be required to provide documentation prior to the deadline and will then participate in an interview with the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee members.  Awards will be based on grades, merit, civic involvement, and financial need.

Application forms may be obtained at the high schools, on the Kiwanis website, or by emailing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   They may also be obtained by request to Kiwanis Club of La Mirada,  P.O. Box 116, La Mirada, CA, 90637. All applications must be returned to the P.O. address by Monday, April 21, 2014, or they are scanned and emailed to the address indicated above.

Interviews will be conducted on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Applicants will be contacted the week prior to schedule an interview hour.  Results will be sent by mail approximately one week after the interview, and award presentations will be coordinated with the school event schedule.

NLMUSD Students to Perform with La Mirada Symphony E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:47


Nearly 30 of the best middle school musicians within the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will sit with professional musicians and play a concert with the La Mirada Symphony on Tuesday, Feb. 18 with performances at 10 a.m. and noon at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The students, who auditioned to play with the symphony, will perform two pieces: “Voyage to the Edge of the World” and “The Courage March.”

Fifth-grade students within the District will also be in attendance at the concert, said NLMUSD Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Karen Calhoun.

“The goal of the concert is two-fold: one, that our students who get to perform next to professional are encouraged to continue their studies with their instruments; and two, that the fifth-graders who are listening are moved to perform music when they reach middle school,” Calhoun said.

LMHS Basketball Girls Walk Out on Head Coach E-mail
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Friday, 07 February 2014 23:04


021114 17:20 UPDATE-Girls Basketball coach Darryl Gowens has been fired by La Mirada High principal Bill Seals.

Gowens told the La Mirada Blog that after a positive morning meeting at the school he was then pulled aside by principal Seals around 4:45 p.m., moments before boarding the bus to traveling to John Glenn for a scheduled game.

La Mirada~Most of the La Mirada Girls Varsity basketball team walked out of practice this past Thursday due to an apparent dispute with head coach Darryl Gowens, resulting in a forfeiture of Friday night's scheduled contest against Cerritos High.

The issue seems to stem from some of the girls and their parents claiming the first year coach has been over-aggressive in his style.

Gowens says he has encouraged the girls all season and has Facebook posts to prove it and added, "At the end of the day it's about maturity, it's about growing up and it's about accountability".

Two of the girls parents from the programs booster club wished to remain nameless, but they did talk to us and disagreed with Gowens assessment saying he has "mentally abused" the girls with words and other actions.

It is unclear at this time how this will affect the Matadores last two games of the season tomorrow at John Glenn and the final game of the season at home against Norwalk on Thursday, which is also senior night.

Dulles Elementary K-Kids Host First Campaign & Philanthropy Conference; Elect New Officers E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 16 December 2013 16:15

The spirit of giving and learning how to campaign for office were combined at the 1st Annual Campaign & Philanthropy Conference at Dulles Elementary School in La Mirada. The students are flanked by, l to r, Dulles K-Kids Advisor Stephanie De La Torre, L.A. County Supervisor Candidate April Saucedo, Dulles Principal Robin Padget and Olive Branch Calvary Chapel Pastor Dicky Velasquez.

See the print version in this weekend's La Mirada Lamplighter Newspaper!

La Mirada~A group of fourth and fifth graders at Dulles Elementary in La Mirada recently hosted and participated in the school’s first annual Campaign & Philanthropy Conference.

The conference was a prelude to the recently completed election of officers for the on-campus Kiwanis K-Kids Club.

About 25 students are active in the on-campus service club which is organized by the Dulles K-Kids advisor and parent, Stephanie De La Torre.

The K-Kids is a branch of Kiwanis International that in coordination with local Kiwanis clubs takes on the responsibility of participating in community service projects at the elementary school level.

De La Torre put together the conference which was attended by Dulles principal Robin Padget and featured two special community role model guest speakers, each invited to talk about the different aspects of the conference.

The conference focused on the importance of community service and giving to others and De La Torre explained the event is also designed to give the students some of the tools they need to campaign for office, including public speaking techniques, creating a campaign platform, judging your peers and creating personal confidence.

De La Torre said the conference was modeled after many she has attended and the idea is to get kids to be independent thinkers through a conference experience, “A lot of times if you’re just leading, they’re just doing what you tell them to do. I want them to be critical thinkers and make decisions on their own.”


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