Poly High School students Amelia Haynes and Katie Seaman, both juniors in Daniel Adler’s AP Government class, won an essay contest sponsored by the nonprofit Mikva Challenge, which encourages civic participation. Their reward was a trip to Iowa, where they helped to campaign for the presidential candidate of their choice, Hillary Clinton. A few weeks earlier, more than 40 students in Adler’s class got a behind-the-scenes look at the Paris climate talks via a Skype Q&A with California State Sen. Ricardo Lara.
Erin Simon, director of Student Support Services for the Long Beach Unified School District, received an IMPACT Award from Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. The annual awards recognize people who make positive, significant contributions to the city. Simon was honored for reducing chronic truancy and helping students who are at risk for gang involvement.