Former Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education President Bobbie Smith received a key to the city from Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia at a recent City Council meeting, honoring Smith’s service to the community, including her pioneering leadership as the first African American woman on the school board. Also receiving keys to the city at the same ceremony were former California Gov. George Deukmejian and his wife, Gloria Deukmejian.
Brothers Jason and Justin Barnett, both students at Millikan High School, competed in the International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Championship held recently in Germany, where Justin earned the top spot among U.S. dancers in the male junior solo category. The two also performed as a duo and earned the third highest spot among U.S. teams. Their mother, Kimmi, teaches at Melodie’s Dance Theater in Los Alamitos.
Lakewood High School musicians Tre Adams, Nick Lobato and Johnny Sanchez were pictured in the December edition of the Lakewood Community News for successfully trying out for the Tournament of Roses Parade Honor Band. The Honor Band marched down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day. Adams plays the snare drum, Lobato plays the trumpet, and Sanchez plays the bass drum. Their band instructor is Paul Copeland.