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Hudson, Poly Win State, U.S. Titles

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, school board President Felton Williams and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster honored students from Hudson and Poly schools this week for earning national and state titles in Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement competitions.

Students from both schools were honored at Hudson, where the K-8 school’s team of four students accepted the national championship trophy from MESA’s Washington, D.C. office.  Hudson earned the U.S. title during competition this summer in Redmond, near Seattle.

Hudson team members were Christina Le, Michelica Balajadia, Kyrene Aganon and Rose Chelsea Lubang.

Both the Hudson team and a Poly High School team had swept the state MESA competition in May at UC Santa Barbara.  The teams surpassed 14,000 other students at preliminary and regional competitions to triumph under MESA advisor James Mills.  The Poly team, also honored for its state win at this week’s ceremony at Hudson, includes students Breanna Nery, Rae Jillian Rivera and Kimberly Ventura.

"We congratulate the winning teams from Hudson and Poly," President Williams said.  "We have maintained our commitment to science, technology, engineering and math instruction.  These national and state accolades show what amazing feats our students can accomplish if we give them the chance."

Both Hudson and Poly are served by the MESA Center housed at the Cal State Long Beach College of Engineering, and both schools earned their awards by designing the best wind energy device.

Learn more at mesa.ucop.edu.