Names in the News

Alepsis Hernandez, a member of the Millikan High School Class of 2014, won first place in U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s annual high school art competition. Hernandez was invited to a reception in Washington, D.C., where her artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Wilson Classical High School student Quincy Irving earned third place and the right to display his artwork in the congressman’s Long Beach office for a year.

Poly High School Student Stephan Kaminsky was recognized for his entry into the inaugural year of the U.S. House of Representatives Student App Challenge, which is part of a science, technology, engineering and math competition. His app was to be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Felton Wiliams represented LBUSD at the White House recently when President Barack Obama and the Council of the Great City Schools announced a pledge to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color. Williams also was recently named secretary-treasurer of the Council of the Great City Schools, a group of the nation’s largest school districts.

Ten local students earned gold medals in the Long Beach Branch 2014 ACT-SO competition. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics and is a youth initiative of the NAACP. Winners were Krystal Ball of Poly (short story category); Neyah Barbee of Poly (drawing); Nia Barbee of Poly (instrumental music and classical poetry); Taryne Chatma of Millikan (oratory); Kandise LaBlanc of Poly (vocal classical and contemporary music); Grace Nyenke of the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (filmmaking/video); Zori Ray of Poly (entrepreneurship); Monica Rodriguez of Poly (painting); Amber Russell of Poly (instrumental contemporary music); and Brenda Tran of Cabrillo (dance).