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Millikan High School speech student Christian Sanchez-Bartz took second place in the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition, held recently in Sacramento.  The Millikan junior was coached by teacher Erin Hill.

Winning first place in the Long Beach Rotary Speech Competition was Samantha Liberman of Poly High School.  Sam Kushner-Lenhoff, also of Poly, took second place.  Max Bradney of Wilson Classical High School took third.

Five members of the Jordan High School Running Club ran in the recent Los Angeles Marathon.  Completing the 26.2 miles were students Marco Iniguez, Shirley Morataya, Margarita Gracian, Alejandra Lopez and Jayzel Laguardia.  The students are members of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Jordan.  The running club is coached by Sandra Del Cid and Whitney Gomes.  Del Cid also completed the marathon.

Long Beach students earned high honors at Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.  More than 100 schools from Southern California participated.  Lindsey Academy student Roger Mendoza won first place and $500 plus an all-expenses-paid study trip to Washington, D.C. for his essay, “Sharing Wisdom.”  He will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other sites in D.C., and he has been invited to light candles alongside six Holocaust survivors at Chapman University’s annual Night of Remembrance Dinner on April 13.  Mendoza’s classmate, Lesly Gonzalez, won second place and $250 for her essay, “Promise to Remember.”  Lindsey teacher Jessica Kane worked with both of her school’s winners.