Names in the News

Former Board of Education President Bobbie Smith was featured in a recent K-CAL/CBS news segment honoring Smith as part of Black History Month. For the segment, Smith visited her namesake school and spoke with students. Smith also spoke at a recent school assembly regarding Black History Month at Marshall Academy of the Arts. In December, Smith joined Long Beach Unified School District officials and the student body of Bobbie Smith Elementary School for the official naming of the school, which was formerly Burnett Elementary School.

Cubberley K-8 School sixth grader Jacob Bower has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The geography contest will be held Friday, March 27 at Cal State Fresno. A winner from each state will advance to the national competition. For more information, visit

Students from Poly High School earned high honors for their documentaries in the national C-SPAN StudentCam competition. Eleventh grader Destin Bigsby won second place overall and $1,500 for “Guns in America.” Three third-prize teams each earned $750: Thomas Flemming for “Big Money, Big Problems;” Bennett McCarthy, Max Mosack and Sam Leonard for “Domestic Drone;” and Jacqueline Toyama, Chelsea Mai and Katie Pream for “GMOs Help the World Grow.” Two honorable mention teams each earned $250: Eric Hatch, Theo Lee and Stanly Chung for “The Gang Solves the Water Crisis;” and Evan Pickell and Joanna Stringer for “Breaking the Wall – Restoring the Shore.” The students were advised by economics and government teacher Jeff Montooth. Go to for more information.