The annual Most Inspiring Students dinner, sponsored by the Long Beach Education Foundation, recently honored one student from each school in the Long Beach Unified School District.
The keynote speaker was Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. Frank Mottek, news broadcaster for KNX Radio, co-emceed the event with Mike Murray of the Long Beach Education Foundation. The event theme this year was "The Blues" with entertainment provided by the Nile’s Project Band, featuring Rod McNeill. Jennifer Rockett, a Renaissance High School graduate and student at Cal State Long Beach, sang with the Nile’s Project Band.
Students recognized at the dinner represent one or more of the following qualities. Each winner:
• is an inspiring example,
• is unusually persistent,
• makes a tremendous effort,
• is an exemplary "good citizen" who is dedicated to serving the school or community,
• could be described as a hero for overcoming adversity or circumstances that might have prevented a less determined student from succeeding, or
• has made a dramatic improvement or turnaround.
The 2013 honorees have dealt with lung transplants, homelessness, brain cancer, death of a loved one, leukemia, rare developmental disease, learning challenges and more.
At the event, LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser awarded the Superintendent’s Distinguished Community Service Awards to: Scott Dionne, current President of the Long Beach Education Foundation and partner at Windes & McClaughry; and Barbara Saltzman, a regional philanthropist and literacy advocate who shares her son David’s message of hope through his book, “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.”
Proceeds of the event support the Long Beach Education Foundation charities with grants, school uniforms for students whose families cannot afford them, scholarships and other assistance.
Learn more about the Long Beach Education Foundation.