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In the Moment at Prep

By Camila Ryder 

Immersing themselves into every aspect of life at Prep, our students embraced living in the moment, seizing any opportunity to learn something  new, challenge themselves artistically and athletically, and just connect with their friends, teachers, and peers.

Please enjoy these glimpses into the classroom, the stage, the spring sports season, and more.

Photos by Rebecca Aranda, Ted Bartscherer, Karen Chung, Jill Fung, Ben Gibbs, Ingrid Herskind, Angel Origgi, and Gya Rodriguez

collage image from steam & service fair

Playing with Curiosity at the STEAM & Service Fair

STEAM came to life in the Bachmann Collaboration Building and Crawford Family Gym, as student researchers shared their Jelly Lab findings,  families made camera obscuras and pendulum paintings together, and 8th graders discussed their Community Impact Projects.

Bringing Language to Life

During a Chinese calligraphy workshop in April, English teacher and Mandarin speaker Mark Salzman read the poem “Lovesickness” or “Thinking of You” by Wang Wei, and shared his experience as a non-native speaker. Drawing and painting teacher Melissa Manfull guided students through brushstrokes 101. Mandarin 2 substitute teacher Karen Chung covered the history of Chinese calligraphy as students practiced writing their names and a character for forever.*
“Our Mandarin program is in its second year and the thought of creative applications like this for the future is exciting. Anytime our students work hands-on with an activity like this, it brings the study of the language and culture to life in a tangible way,” World Languages Department Chair Fabian Bejarano says.

* 相思 lovesickness or thinking of you

王维 Wang Wei

永 forever (rough translation)

Laughter Abounds at Spring Performances

Norris Auditorium and Miller Theater lit up with performances that infused our community with laughter and levity. The Spring Musical “Legally Blonde, Jr.” painted the stage pink, with two casts playing the leads. Our 7th-9th graders presented the uproarious “Clue,” based on the board game and movie. 

Connecting through Music and Dance

In an homage to their Prep experience, four senior dancers (Dri deFaria '22, Tori Velazco y Trianosky Awai '22, Malia Weiss '22, and Ellen White '22) wove a story of adventure, bonding, reflection, and joy into this year's dance concert, "Road Trip."

Connecting through Music and Dance 

At the Spring Music Concert, the instrumental ensembles, orchestra, vocal ensembles, and the Flintridge Singers played tunes that connected our community with one another. Faculty joined as special guests. 

The jazz and vocal ensembles led the audience through jazz standards and classics at the Spring Jazz Coffeehouse.


  • Girls team won their first-ever CIF championship team title
  • Boys team: Finaled in 200 freestyle relay; Athan Boutakidis ‘24: CIF finalist in 50 and 100 freestyle


  • Jeremy Sieben ’25 named the singles champion
  • Miles ’23 and Ray ’25 Cabrera named doubles champions


  • Beat rival Poly twice (7-0 and 19-1)
  • Luna Tobar ’22 and Elise Fong ’25: named 2nd team All-League and Prep offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively.


  • Prep finished in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at League Golf Tournament
  • Alex Oh ’23: League MVP


  • Advanced to the 2nd round CIF playoffs


  • League champions for the 9th consecutive year



  • Chase Sullivan ’22: League MVP; earned 1st place (200m, 400m, and triple jump) at League finals and 5th place (long jump) at CIF finals
  • Valentina Mancilla ’25: 1st place (100m) and 2nd place (200m) at League finals
  • Dagny Marion ’25, Valentina Mancilla ’25, Jaleen Tseng ’24, and Jenna Moutes ’25: 3rd place (4x400m relay) at League finals


  • Kevin Martinez ’24: 1st place (300m hurdles) League finals; advanced to CIF finals
  • William Bigby ’24: 1st place (100m) League finals
  • William Bigby ‘24, William Boyd ‘24, Ryan Ginn ‘24, and Kevin Martinez ’24: 1st place (4x400m relay) League finals

Class of 2022 Athletes take their talents to college

Kylie Oh ’22: soccer, Yale University
Spencer Seid ’22: baseball, University of California, San Diego
Ashlyn Zhang ’22: basketball, Rice University

Josh Beserra ’22: baseball, Beloit College
Nicholas Gonzalez ’22: baseball, Occidental College
Joshua Kim ’22: basketball, Oxford College of Emory University
William Lanstra ’22: tennis, Whitman College

Embracing Form, Process, and Identity

A coral-hued octopus clutched a blue vase. Soda cans were repurposed for exposing photographs. Painters wrestled with body and identity. These are just a few of the highlights from this year’s Visual Arts End of Year Arts Show.