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Junior League Lauds Retired Educator

Retired principal Cynthia Terry has earned the Helen D. Newcomb Award from the Junior League of Long Beach.  The award is the service club’s highest honor. 

Terry worked for 38 years with the Long Beach Unified School District at Naples, Harte, Hamilton and Cabrillo schools.  She serves on the board of several community organizations such as the Assistance League of Long Beach and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

“Cynthia Terry demonstrates a lifelong dedication to the Long Beach community through her career and voluntarism,” JLLB?President Paula Barrow said. “We are so proud to be able to count her among the many fantastic women volunteers who have helped shape the Junior League of Long Beach’s legacy in its nearly 90-year history.”

Terry will be recognized at the JLLB’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday, May 15.  For more information, go to

“This award is way beyond anything I ever fathomed, and I’m just overwhelmed and so impressed with the previous recipients,” Terry said.  “I find that those women are so inspiring, and I’m so inspired by them, and to be considered — yet alone selected — is just such an honor.”

Terry has been recognized with numerous other awards, including the 2013 Press Telegram Amazing Women Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2016 Assistance League of Long Beach President’s Award and the 2017 Make a Difference Award for exemplary leadership and service; the 2018 CCEJ Humanitarian Award; and in 2019, the Long Beach NAACP Passing the Torch of Leadership Award.

Cynthia Terry