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December 25, 2010

Glendale youth wins Pokémon championship

After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon trading card game battles in Chatsworth, Kamran Jahadi of Glendale was crowned City Champion in November, earning a top city ranking and a City Championship medal.

The 2010 Glendale Pokémon City Championship allows players to test their skills, strategy and creativity. The City Championship tournaments are the first events in the Pokémon Championship Series, and Premier Rating Points awarded there go toward a potential invitation to the 2011 Pokémon World Championships held in San Diego in August.


Competitors are divided equally into three divisions: Junior (born in 2000 or later), Senior (born in 1996–1999), and Masters (born in 1995 or earlier). Players in all divisions were competing for Pokémon prizes, including Pokémon trading card game booster packs, a City Championships medal and the honor of being named City Champion.

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Woman named to dean's list at pharmacy school

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced that Dalar Nazarian has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester. Dalar, the daughter of Hrayr Nazarian and Srpohi Shahijani, is a native of Glendale, and is pursuing a pharmacy degree.

Master Chorale director's contact is extended

The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Master Chorale have announced that the contract of Music Director Grant Gershon, of Eagle Rock, has been extended through the 2014/15 season.

Appointed music director in 2001, officials said Gershon has been credited with raising the choir's artistic profile, attracting increased audiences to its Walt Disney Concert Hall performances and expanding its reach through recordings and radio broadcasts.

Local members of the chorale are Suzanne Anderson, Greg Davies, Sal Malaki and Diane Thomas, all of Glendale, and Jody Golightly of La Crescenta.

Residents serving in the military

Air Force Airman 1st Class Adrian L. Leyba has arrived for duty at RAF [Royal Air Force] Lakenheath, England. Leyba is a fuels distribution apprentice assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing. He is the son of Johnny H. and Maria A. Leyba of Glendale. The airman first class graduated in 2003 from Glendale High School.

Beala B. Neel graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. The cadet is a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Neel is the son of Beala B. and Cristina M. Neel of Glendale. He is a 1999 graduate of Hoover High School.

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