from under $100 to more than $2,000. The cash will go a long way toward
helping these young minds achieve their academic goals.
Student Dimitrios Sinodinos, who was named the school's Man of the
Year, said it best when he called GCC "the best college family I've been
a part of."
The school and its faculty certainly have been one of Glendale's best
SIXTH-GRADER WINS SPELLING BEE
Young Rustin Zomorodi proved he knows how to spell success when he
captured first place in the Glendale Unified School District Elementary
School Spelling Bee.
The spelling was held Monday at the district's headquarters. It was
sponsored by the district and Soroptimist International of Glendale.
The competition was blessedly free of the glitch that forced its
postponement earlier this month, after it was learned some of the
participants didn't receive the proper study lists. District spokesman
Vic Pallos apologized the students and audience at the beginning of
Monday's competition for the earlier problem.
But the young master spellers gamely pressed ahead, and Rustin, a
sixth-grader from R.D. White Elementary, won the day by correctly
We congratulate Rustin for his accomplishment.
For the record, when asked to spell "mistletoe," two of five
News-Press editors misspelled it on their first try.
HOOVER STUDENT KILLED IN CRASH
Adding more sorrow to an already tragic year at Hoover High, student
Hamoon Hajianpour, 18, was killed in a weekend car accident in Thousand
Hajianpour was returning from a beach party with two friends when the
driver fell asleep at the wheel and the Jeep Cherokee they were in
crashed, according to CHP reports. Hajianpour, who was in the back seat
and not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and killed. His
friends, who were wearing seat belts, escaped with minor injuries.
No more powerful lesson in the importance of wearing the safety
devices need be told.
From every account, Hajianpour was a kind, giving young man with
bright plans for the future. His loss diminishes the Glendale community.
The News-Press staff extends its deepest condolences to Hamoon
Hajianpour's family, as well as our deepest sympathies to the faculty and
students of Hoover High School.