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Recently retired Board of Education member Felton Williams has been selected as the 2021 Heritage Award Honoree by the Aquarium of the Pacific for his many years of community service. Williams will be recognized Feb. 27 during the Aquarium’s 19th Annual African-American Festival.

Four Long Beach Unified School District high school students presented proposals to state legislators during a recent Student Advisory Board on Legislation (SABLE) conference. SABLE was established in 2000 to bring student voices on education to the California Legislature. The conference included 72 high school students, representing all grades and regions of California, who participated in research and developed seven bill proposals to address issues of racial equity, mental health, minority representation, post high school preparedness, LGBTQ+ representation, environmental sustainability and sex education. Maya Bryson of Wilson High School, and Megan Lane of Poly High School participated as group members on racial equity. Katrina Doyle-Jacobson of Renaissance High School for the Arts, and Kamron Moore of Cabrillo High School participated as group members on LGBTQ+ representation.

Juniors Tru Jones and Aniya Lewis of Millikan High School recently joined discussions with members of LBUSD, Long Beach City College, California State University Long Beach College of Education and other community organizations to examine how to ensure educational equity and the possibility of establishing a related grant from CSULB.

Franklin Middle School student Namiah Phillips recently competed on season nine of the Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship. Phillips was one of 12 young bakers competing for the $25,000 grand prize.

Felton Williams