Names in the News

The CTE (Career and Technical Education) Online blog featured the work of three CAMS teachers who developed a classroom unit on DNA and genetic mutation. The unit structure and materials were created by teachers Armando Gonzalez, Kathleen O’Neill and Susan Carle. See the May 14 entry at cteonlineblog.blogspot.com.

Millikan PEACE Academy sophomore Anais Rocha will participate in the Intensive Law and Trial program this summer at Stanford University’s Law School. The program provides high-achieving high school students an interactive experience exploring the field of law, introducing them to the many law careers available. To pay for tuition, which ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, the student raised funds throughout the year by selling snacks at after school events and securing donations.

Hudson K-8 School students Jade Lumada, Cohan Manzon and Alexa Habacon won first place at the statewide MESA competition (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) in Stockton recently. The team of students, recognized for their prosthetic arm project, will compete with other middle grades students at the National Engineering Design Competition on June 17 to 20 in Ogden, Utah. The students’ advisor is teacher Anastasia Hubbard.

Several local students have qualified for the NAACP’s national ACT-SO competition to be held in Philadelphia July 8 to 12. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics and is a youth initiative of the NAACP. Team members include Poly students Krystal Ball, Neyah Barbee and Faith Matovu; and Millikan students Holly Dorielle and Prince Mays. The students are competing in various categories including short story and essay, painting and poetry, instrumental classical music, vocal contemporary music and oratory. The students need to raise $5,000 more to make the trip. Tax-deductible contributions may be submitted to the Long Beach Branch NAACP ACT-SO Program at 5318 E. 2nd St. #409, Long Beach, CA 90803. For more information, call 856-7586 or e-mail mnaacp@gmail.com. Funds are needed by June 20.

Birney Elementary School teacher Deborah Kearn won the Woman of Excellence Award (educator category) from the Women’s Business Council of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

City Councilman Al Austin recently honored retired LBUSD principal Don Hopkins with a certificate in appreciation of his volunteer efforts at Lindbergh STEM Academy. Hopkins has helped to lead a group of Lindbergh retirees in recent years and has been conducting a geography club for students at the school. Hopkins attended Lindbergh Junior High School in from 1941 to 1943 and graduated from Jordan High School in 1946. He recalls being on the campus at Lindbergh when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

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