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Lori Andrews, restorative justice coordinator at Beach/Reid, has been selected to serve on the executive board of directors as the vice president of programs for Leadership Long Beach. Her role will be to organize and develop LLB programs that serve local student and employee leaders.

Recent Millikan High School graduates Hannah Torres and Jadyn Cantrell are among 33 Advanced Placement Research students globally to be published in the Journal of Student Research High School Edition. Both students now attend UC Berkeley. Torres’ research piece is titled “Bridging the Financial Gap Among Young People,” and Cantrell’s piece discussed “The Relationship Between Implicitly Political Films and Political Polarization.” The students were mentored by Millikan QUEST Lead Teacher Russ Rudman. Also published in the journal was recent Poly High School graduate Emily Hardesty, who explored student representation on the Board of Education. Poly senior Justin Lim examined “Fandom Wikia as a Model for Labor Exploitation.” Fellow Poly senior Aaron Hoy’s piece looked at “Blue Light Therapy and Circadian Rhythm: Effect on Southern California High School Students.” Poly teacher Samantha Lawrence mentored these students.

Reading Recovery teacher leader Kathleen Brown published an article in the fall 2020 edition of The California Reader titled “Coaching Reflections from the Field: California’s Literacy Epidemic amidst a Global Pandemic.” The article discusses lessons learned during educators’ abrupt transition to distance learning.

California Academy of Mathematics and Science senior Zoe Storaasli recently was awarded a U.S. Department of State Virtual Summer Intensive Scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth to study the Russian language for five weeks. The summer program was an online alternative to the organization’s overseas immersion program. She was one of 500 students selected from 3,000 applicants nationally.

Andrews, Torres and Cantrell