California Academy of Mathematics and Science students earned first place among 12 teams at the recent Marine Applied Technology Education remotely operated vehicle challenge at Long Beach City College. Team members included Aarya Topiwala, Isaac Addis, Frank Chaqueco, Jiajer Ho, Matias Vergara, Jared Arbolario and Alex Vazquez.
CAMS students also won the championship at the recent Raytheon Engineering Games in El Segundo, Calif. Students competed against 16 other schools in a computer programming cryptography challenge. The winning team included freshmen Maricella Garibay and Shrey Mehta, and sophomore Silas John. Their computer science teacher is Sandra James.
Poly High School’s auditorium will be named after the school’s longtime music teacher Andrew “Andy” Osman. The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education recently approved the renaming. Osman has been a pivotal figure in the success of the Poly music program since 1983 and is retiring this year. He helped the music program to achieve Grammy-recognized status, and many of his former students are carrying out his legacy as music educators themselves.
Student Janelle Nelson of Lakewood High School was selected as one of 12 students awarded the prestigious CSU Dominguez Hills Presidential Scholarship. The full-tuition scholarship is the university’s highest award.
Poly High School student Jack Schwarz has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation. He is the only student from Southern California to earn a Jefferson Scholarship for the full cost of attending the University of Virginia.