AHS winner now World Champ


Andrew Leung a 2015 graduate of Arcadia High School, teamed up with Saratoga High School grad Bruce Lou to sweep this past week's International History Olympiad at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The recent AHS National Quiz Bowl Champion is now also a World Champion. The International History Olympiad is designed to bring top history students from around the world together to test their knowledge in various … [Read more...]

Transcript Delay Costs AHS Students


Imagine spending the past twelve years in school. You stayed up late nights to study and finish assignments and dedicated countless hours towards your causes. After four long, grueling years of high school, you graduated. You’re going to college! Only one thing left to do before you can officially enroll for the fall… send in your final transcript. I was at this point about a month ago with my fellow Arcadia High School graduates. Having … [Read more...]

City Council sausage-making

scott hettrick of arcadia's best

"No one should see how laws or sausages are made." The saying that originated in the 19th century was unfortunately borne out at the Arcadia City Council meeting Tuesday night, July 7, 2015. It wasn't pretty seeing the process but by the end of the meeting the five-member Mayor-led Council and City Manager announced the following notable accomplishments, among other things: Unanimously approved reconsidering at next meeting of July 21 … [Read more...]

Conquering College Apps, Part II


After completing the research and planning based on “Conquering College Apps, Part I,” what should be done next? Essay writing and interviews are some of the most difficult parts of the application, so part two of my college application advice addresses these concerns: Essay Writing College essay topics vary widely depending on the colleges you choose. However, there are some general questions that could help with your writing. Similar … [Read more...]

Supporting non-profits gives her support

Mari Claveran

Chances are you've met or at least seen Mari Claveran. Maybe it was at any of the many high-profile fundraising events produced by Methodist Hospital like Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park. But chances are greater you would have seen her in the weeks and months leading up to these events -- most likely being solicited to be a sponsor by the slight, dark-haired woman with striking features and a thick and pleasing Spanish accent. Or maybe … [Read more...]

No change but this vote attracts public

scott hettrick of arcadia's best

Nothing changed tonight (June 16, 2015) after the Arcadia City Council voted publicly to stop all work on updating city zoning codes and to continue with a survey of historic buildings everywhere except the Highlands. It's been quite an interesting couple of months of City Council meetings that can leave casual observers shaking our heads with puzzlement on a number of levels. As always, the City Council spent hours upon hours … [Read more...]

8th grader video tips for success


After many successful experiences as the FBLA and ASB president, Drum Major at Dana Middle School, CEO of uScribe, and champion at the CA State Science Fair, many parents and students have personally asked me how I have been able to balance all of my extra-curricular activities and academics, and excel. In the following video, I have outlined tips and skills that have been essential in the careers of many successful scholars and well-rounded … [Read more...]

Homes, old/new, big/traditional

scott hettrick of arcadia's best

Living in what is called South Arcadia, every day for the past quarter-century I drive, ride my bike, or walk past a variety of homes of varying architectural styles and size. More new homes continue to be built every year. The pictures below (click photos to enlarge) are homes on a single street over only a couple of blocks that I recently rode past on my bicycle. I was struck by the sharp contrast in size and style, and wondered which … [Read more...]