With his piece titled “How Do I Love You,” 24-year-old California State University, Northridge, graduate student Kentaro Sato won the 26th annual Choral Composition Contest held at Ithaca College in New York last month. Judges chose it as best of the 100 entries, and the award is considered one of the top honors in the chorale composition world. Sato also was honored recently with the American Choral Directors Association’s Raymond Brock Choral Competition Award for his piece “Kyrie,” and the California State University Outstanding Award in Music. Originally from Hamamatsu, Japan, Sato comes from a family of musicians and began playing the organ at age 5. The Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of London have also performed Sato’s pieces. The Los Angeles Unified School District gave awards to five high schools at its recent annual Band and Drill Team Championships. Three of the five schools were from the San Fernando Valley. 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’ remake Huntington Park High School took first place; Canoga Park High School, second; Los Angeles High School, third; and Van Nuys and Francis Polytechnic high schools, fourth and fifth, respectively. The district chose them from the 24 bands and drill teams featuring 3,000 students that competed at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. All the routines were no longer than 12 minutes, and judges scored the schools on music, general effort, marching and maneuvering on the field. More than 140 San Fernando Valley businesses came to a benefit at Fleming’s Steakhouse the night before it opened to the public earlier this month to raise money for the Arts in Education Aid Council Inc. The council is a local organization that’s endeavored to restore the arts back into cash-strapped public schools for the past six years. The council raised more than $6,000 at the benefit. Ricky Gelb of the Gelb Group, Valley Cultural Center President Jim Kinsey and David Rosso Sr., vice president of the Woodland Hills Bank of America, were among the notable contributors. The money will go toward visual arts docent programming, music education, school orchestras, cultural field trips, supply donations, musical and dramatic assemblies and family events at three local public elementary schools. !bboxes Chan Bae, a senior at L.A. Lutheran Jr./Sr. High School in Sylmar recently scored an 800 on his SAT Math Subject Test. Bae is also the president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, and he’s involved in the California Scholarship Federation, the choral music program and various school service projects. He’s already earned admission into the University of California system, but also plans to apply to the University of Southern California, Biola University and The Master’s College. Two Pacoima residents were among 155 Princess House employees honored on a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Along with the cruise, Alma Ruth Serrano and Fidelia Valladares won star-shaped crystal trophies and congratulations from the company’s leaders. The 155 come from a field of more than 16,000 independent direct sales professionals and were chosen for their skill in personal sales, group sales and team building. Based in Massachusetts, Princess House is a direct-selling company that sells accessories for entertaining house guests. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!