ARTESIA – After reading “Heart of a Champion,” the autobiography of figure-skating standout Michelle Kwan, 15-year- old Jacqueline Ho was inspired to write an essay. That essay earned first- place honors for the Fountain Valley resident at the high school level of “The Pursuit of Excellence” essay and drawing contest, which drew more than 1,400 entries and was presented by the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group and Sing Tao Daily. Ho, along with the other top finishers, had the chance to meet Kwan, who participated in the contest’s awards presentation Sunday at the East West Ice Palace in Artesia. “I’m very excited,” said Ho after receiving her accolades and then having Kwan autograph her book. “I’m a big fan of hers. I got my inspiration from her.” “That was cool,” Jong said. “I’m honored to be part of this,” Kwan said. “When I first heard about it, I loved the concept because the pursuit of excellence has been with me all my life. “I truly feel this contest will make a difference in so many young people’s lives.” Other top finishers Sunday were high school students Brittany Angarola (second) and Harrison Liu (third); middle school students Jenny Zheng (second) and Mercedes Lakatos (third) and Kelsey Lee (second) and Ariel Lu (third) at the elementary level. “We generated over 1,400 entries and the quality was phenomenal,” said Ron L. Wood, group publisher for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. “If there were any concerns about the next generation, all one has to do is take a look at these entries and see that we’re in good shape.” Peter Ho, general manager for Sing Tao Daily, congratulated the winners and their parents. He added that trying was fundamental to success. Dominic Ng, chairman and chief executive officer of East West Bank, said this competition counters the negativity about youths that’s out there. “This puts a focus on the positive that young kids can accomplish,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Middle and high school participants wrote essays with the theme “The Pursuit of Excellence.” Elementary school students created an illustration themed, “What I want to be when I grow up.” East West Bank, title sponsor of the contest, awarded cash prizes totaling $10,000 to the top three at each level. Other winners were Debbie Jong at the middle school level and Vicky Wu in the elementary division. “I didn’t expect to win because I didn’t think my essay was good enough,” said Jong, 13, who attends Dana Middle School in Arcadia. “I got the call and I was shocked and very happy.” Her thoughts on meeting Kwan, the nine-time U.S. figure skating champion, five-time world champion and three-time Olympian?
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A lone fulvous whistling duck nestled in still, reflective water beside green reeds in the San Gabriel River had no idea that it was causing such excitement among birdwatchers on the riverbank 100 yards away. As the fulvous whistling duck bobbed ever so gently on the water, veteran birder Larry Schmahl, on the bike trail atop the bank, frantically went from person to person trying to borrow a camera good enough to pull in a good close-up of the rare duck. “It’s not that it is rare as a species,” Schmahl explained later. “But to see one in Los Angeles County at this time of year is absolutely unheard of.” In the roughly 15-year history of the annual Bill Bell Bird Walk, held Dec. 17, this was arguably the most exciting moment ever, several members agreed. The birdwalk is held each year on a Saturday in December. It is sponsored by the Whittier Chapter of the National Audubon Society and is always attended by its namesake, Whittier Daily News Editor Bill Bell. The birders meet and hike out from the Whittier Narrows Nature Center. It is free and open to the public and, over the years, has ranged from more than 40 people down to this year’s smallest group of only nine. But Schmahl and others agree that the rare sighting of the Fulvous duck and a rather “uncommon” sighting of a sharp-shinned hawk made this a banner year. This year’s outing produced total sightings of 35 species, which were recorded by Whittier Audubon President Cathy Walters and longtime Audubon official Linda Nakamura-Oberholtzer. Other birders included Jeff Webster, Charlotte Coleman, Bob and Letty Brooks and Jay Oberholtzer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!