Cinematic Celebration

William Holden Centennial to be celebrated at South Pasadena Library on Tuesday

William Holden was one of the top stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age — but more importantly, he’s the most famous native of South Pasadena. Once the most in-demand movie star in the world via such films as “Sunset Boulevard” and “Born Yesterday,” he’s maintained an indelible presence in film fans’ memories for a century.

The South Pasadena Public Library will pay tribute to Holden on the centennial of his birth, April 17, with a special celebration to be held in its historic Community Room. The event will feature a 30-minute piano performance by David Batt, a recording artist who has released two CDs under his own name and three under the moniker Yrsan Daro. Batt recently retired as the finance director of the city of South Pasadena.

The event will also feature a video tribute to Holden by actress Stefanie Powers of “Hart to Hart” fame, who was Holden’s romantic partner for the final decade before his death in 1992. Powers has served as president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation since his passing, and will present a screening of the Holden classic 1954 film “The Country Girl,” co-starring Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, who won an Oscar for her role in the film. In all, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and also won the Best Screenplay Oscar.

The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro St. Doors will open for the free event at 7 p.m. The entertainment will start with the piano performance by Batt at 7:30 p.m.  No tickets or reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served. A special exhibit of William Holden movie posters will be on display.

The South Pasadena Public Library Community Room is located at 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena. Admission is free. Call (626) 403-7340.

Scholastic Superstar

Arcadia High Senior Ryan Leung Earns Perfect AP Exam Score

Arcadia High School senior Ryan Leung can now add the word “perfect” to his resume. He was one of only 112 students on the planet — out of 60,519 students around the world who took the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A Exam in 2017 —  to earn every possible point on this exam.

“I felt pretty confident going into the test, but also a bit nervous,” says Leung.  “It was pretty exhilarating to get my test results back. I definitely had not been expecting to get a perfect score on the exam, and I never imagined that I’d be able to pull off something like this.”

“Based on these numbers, achieving a perfect AP Exam score is approximately one in 10,000,” explained Leung’s Arcadia High AP Computer Science A teacher Brent Reiske during Arcadia Unified’s March 13 Board of Education meeting, where Leung was recognized by the board for his rare achievement.

For the second consecutive year, Arcadia High School’s expansive AP and Honors program, which offers students 20 different AP and eight Honors courses to choose from, earned the Arcadia Unified School District a place on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP ® District Honor Roll. Likewise, Arcadia High School has been a distinguished U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal School three times, an honor bestowed on less than 3 percent of the more than 19,000 schools in the country. Similarly, Newsweek named Arcadia High on its Top Public High Schools in America list.

For more information about the Arcadia Unified School District, please visit www.ausd.net.