Six eighth graders have each earned $500 college scholarships, courtesy of the Lyman W. and Nancy E. Lough Eighth Grade Scholarship Fund. The awards go to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0, good citizenship and a potential for future success. The winners traditionally are students who are beating the odds and continuing to learn despite tough circumstances such as a disability, a difficult home life or other challenges. The winners and their schools are Michael Antoniano, Robinson; Saint Carpio, Jefferson; Isabella Senczakiewicz, Hoover; Armando Polanco Velez, Washington; and Saul Zepeda, Muir. As part of the Lough Awards an additional $180-per-year scholarship from the Frangesch Memorial Fund went to student Dirrye Caldwell of Hughes. The Frangesch award selection criteria are the same as those used for the Lough Awards.
LBUSD Deputy Superintendent Jill Baker and Director of Leadership Development Kelly An co-presented a recent AASA (national School Superintendents Association) webinar titled “Great Principals Have Great Leaders,” detailing how leadership pipelines are a strategic approach to developing and supporting principals.
Rotary’s Service Above Self Award recognizes individuals whose volunteer contributions have promoted and benefitted their campus and community. The Rotary Club of Long Beach recently presented awards to each of the recipients at their respective high school campuses. The honorees and their schools are Sion Charles, Wilson; Aylin Cruz-Torres, Cabrillo; Clarisse Hokia, Sato; Mollie Lasher, Wilson; Jocelyn Maldonado, Beach; Matthew Martinez, McBride; Abigail Morales, Jordan; Jason Ngarmnimittham, McBride; Emily Tapid-Delgado, Cabrillo; and Nam Tien, Jordan.
Lisa Busch, athletic director and history-social science teacher at Lakewood High School, earned the “Champion of Character” honor from CIF Southern Section. The award is given for “exemplifying the very finest in sportsmanship, character, integrity and athletics.” Rob Wigod, CIF Southern Section Commissioner of Athletics (and former Lakewood teacher and coach), made a special trip to Lakewood to present the award to Busch recently in front of athletes and coaches.
Washington Middle School Principal Megan Traver earned a Go Long Beach Award from Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Traver was recognized for leading her school to four straight years of academic gains, surpassing school district growth targets.
The Board of Education has approved the naming of Millikan High School’s auditorium after the school’s former stage manager, Robert “Bob” Brigham, who served the school district for 34 years. Brigham was an integral part of the school’s performing arts program, producing countless musicals, plays, dance shows, pageants, assemblies, concerts and competitions. He was planning to retire this month but died in March. Many of the students he worked with have gone on to accomplished careers in the entertainment industry.