EDUCATION OUR TOWNS: Latest news from the CUSD

Only 37 seats remaining

Only 37 seats remain for sponsorship in the newly renovated Claremont HIgh School Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Charitable contribution seat sponsorships are $325 and include an armrest plaque inscribed with 20 characters per line on 2 lines. Forms are available at

Sponsors can use Paypal or mail a check with the form from the website. Sponsorships need to reach the District Office by Friday, March 1.

Please contact Hilary LaConte at 625-1178 for more information.


Financial aid workshop this Saturday at the YAC

Students looking to apply for financial aid can turn to the Youth Activity Center (YAC) and Teen Committee for help. The local youth advocates will host a workshop geared toward Cal Grant and Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications this Saturday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The LA Works Youth Employment program will present information on how to locate grants, scholarships and other sources of funding for college. High school seniors and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the YAC at 399-5360.


CHS students to get ‘Wicked’ at musical fundraiser

On Monday, March 4, audiences will have the opportunity to see 8 high school theater students from southern California—2 of them Claremont High School Thespians—join with members of the cast of Wicked for a memorable performance.

“Making Magic/Defying Gravity,” a 2-hour benefit organized by the Educational Theatre Association, will be held at Bridges Auditorium, starting at 7 p.m. As the host school for the event, CHS is also providing the crew for the production.

The acting-minded teens will be performing with professionals who are the understudies to 2 key roles in the Grammy Award-winning musical, Michael Mahany (Fiyero) and Carla Stickler (Elphaba).

The evening will also feature a “behind the curtain” question-and-answer session led by J. Jason Daunter, production stage manager of Wicked, and featuring Mr. Mahany, Ms. Stickler and Matt Conover, vice president, creative entertainment and Disney Parks talent casting. The professionals will seek to inspire aspiring thespians by recounting how their high school dreams led to a life in theater.

Admission is $15, with tickets sold at the Bridges Box Office (450 N. College Way) from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. the day of the performance. To buy tickets online, visit magic/orange-county. All proceeds will be used towards thespian scholarships.


CHS theater gets wordy

The Claremont High School Theatre Department will present the Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for a 2-weekend run, beginning on Friday, March 8. The show is directed and choreographed by CHS theater alumna DJ Gray.

The show will be held at Sycamore Elementary School, 225 W. 8th St. in Claremont. Admission is $10 presale, $12 at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

For information, visit or call 624-9053, ext. 30463.


Claremont Stars to host first golf tournament

The Claremont Stars Soccer Club will host their first Golf Tournament in less than a month. The club fields over 20 teams for boys and girls aged 9 to 18, and has pledged to use the proceeds from the tournament to offset a number of costs including fields, lights, uniforms and match fees. These costs typically fall on the shoulders of players’ parents, and mean that many young people are unable to play if they cannot pay the fees.

Claremont Stars Soccer Club attempts to allow more young people to play on Stars teams by raising funds with these types of events. The Tournament will be held on Friday, March 15 at Upland Hills Country Club, and entry fees are tax deductible. For more information, please contact Dan Whisler at 224-0757.


Donate Goodwill items to the El Roble music boosters

The El Roble Marchind Band Boosters are holding a Goodwill fundraiser this Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at El Roble, 665 N. Mountain Ave.

Funds from the effort will help pay for bus rental to transport the band to and from a performance at Disneyland. Unwanted items should be delivered to the junior high on Saturday, with the exception of e-waste, large furniture and bed pillows.

Call Corrina Comia, booster president, at 624-2611 for more information on what may be donated. 


Claremont Place to present ‘Senior to Senior’ scholarships

Claremont Place Senior Living will present 5 scholarships to college-bound, graduating seniors next Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m., as part of their “Senior to Senior” Legacy Scholarship program. 

The 5 winners were selected from 11 applicants, all from Claremont High School.?Winners have a verified 3.0 GPA and have applied for fall 2013 admission to a college or university with the intention of obtaining a degree.

For information, call Claremont Place at 447-5259 or visit


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