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LBUSD Honors Most Inspiring Students

LBUSD Honors Most Inspiring Students

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The Long Beach Unified School District is proud to announce the 88 recipients of the 2024 Most Inspiring Students Awards, recognizing students who embody the spirit of resilience, dedication, hard work and creativity.

Administered by the LBUSD Equity, Engagement and Partnerships office, the annual award selects one student from each district school and alternative education program as a model of perseverance and determination. Each winner receives a medal, plaque and lawn sign in recognition of their achievement.

“Our Most Inspiring Students Awards celebrate the incredible resilience, dedication and creativity of our students,” Superintendent Dr. Jill A. Baker said. “These remarkable students serve as shining examples of perseverance and determination, inspiring us all to reach higher and dream bigger. Congratulations to all our awardees; you exemplify the Vision 2035 Graduate Portrait values we aspire for all Long Beach Unified students!”

Below is a complete list of the student winners and their school/program sites.

Elementary Schools and Early Education Programs:
  • Solia Lauaki, Grade 4, Addams Elementary School
  • Sanghak Kan, Grade 1, Alvarado Elementary School
  • Josh Melchor-Nunez, Grade 5, Barton Elementary School
  • Ocean Christian, Grade 5, Birney Elementary School
  • Adam Carbonell, Grade 5, Bixby Elementary School
  • Dustin Brogdon, Grade 5, Bryant Elementary School
  • Elizza Garcia, Pre-K, Buffum TLC
  • Kamryn Pryce, Grade 4, Burbank Elementary School
  • Ivan Morales, Grade 1, Burcham Elementary School
  • Miles Mayfield-Hom, Grade 4, Carver Elementary School
  • Jayda Smith-Carpenter, Grade 5, Chavez Elementary School
  • Valeriee Peraza, Pre-K, Child Development Centers
  • Colin Muk, Grade 5, Cleveland Elementary School
  • Grace Cooper, Grade 5, Dooley Elementary School
  • Donovan Fleming, Grade 4, Edison Elementary School
  • Bella Nguyen, Pre-K, EduCare
  • Jesse Sikola, Grade 2, Emerson Elementary School
  • Hank Mulford, Grade 4, Fremont Elementary School
  • Presley Arredondo, Grade 5, Gant Elementary School
  • Andrea Cortes, Grade 5, Garfield Elementary School
  • Seth Perez-Diaz, Grade 3, Gompers Elementary School
  • Kody Monroe Nao, Grade 4, Grant Elementary School
  • Aleks Cernardo, Grade 3, Harte Elementary School
  • Pablo Villa Flores, Pre-K, Head Start
  • Audrey Tormo, Grade 2, Henry Elementary School
  • Kaliah Staten, Grade 5, Holmes Elementary School
  • Rachel Arellano Maniquis, Grade 4, Hudson Elementary School
  • Tyler Loeb, Grade 1, Kettering Elementary School
  • Mikal Samples, Grade 5, King Elementary School
  • Chloe Patricio, Grade 5, Lafayette Elementary School
  • Aya Hammam, Grade 5, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Madison Camacho, Grade 5, Longfellow Elementary School
  • Katelyn Christensen, Grade 5, Los Cerritos Elementary School
  • Kershaw Fulkerson, Grade 2, Lowell Elementary School
  • Karissa O'Sullivan, Grade 5, MacArthur Elementary School
  • Leonel Saltos, Grade 3, Madison Elementary School
  • Effie Rodriguez, Grade 4, Mann Elementary School
  • Camilla Quiroz, Grade 5, McKinley Elementary School
  • Owen O'Shea, Grade 5, Naples Elementary School
  • Khymari James, Grade 5, Nieto Herrera Elementary School
  • Tarteel Abuedriss, Grade 3, Oropeza Elementary School
  • Harmony Gibson, Grade 5, Prisk Elementary School
  • Vivienne Pina, Grade 5, Riley Elementary School
  • Irene Trujillo, Grade 5, Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Kingston Meniefield-Robinson, Grade 5, Signal Hill Elementary School
  • Genesis Saavedra, Grade 5, Smith Elementary School
  • Sophia Flynn, Grade 2, Stevenson Elementary School
  • Jayla Kronberger, Grade 1, Twain Elementary School
  • Christopher Jenkins, Grade 5, Webster Elementary School
  • Thomas Cardenas, Grade 5, Whittier Elementary School
  • Faith Hernandez, Grade 5, Willard Elementary School

K-8 and Middle Schools:
  • Karly Provencio, Grade 8, Bancroft Middle School
  • Simon Poling, Grade 8, Cubberley TK-8 School
  • Esme Rodriguez, Grade 8, Franklin Middle School
  • Camila Calderon, Grade 8, Hamilton Middle School
  • Justin Dul, Grade 8, Hoover Middle School
  • Dexter Mendez, Grade 8, Hughes Middle School
  • Briana Abarca, Grade 8, Jefferson Leadership Academy
  • Antonio Morales, Grade 8, Keller Middle School
  • Carlos Navarrete, Grade 8, Lindbergh Middle School
  • Camari Shabazz, Grade 8, Lindsey Academy
  • Kailynn Peraza, Grade 8, Marshall Middle School
  • Alexis Vargas, Grade 8, Muir Academy
  • Milleona Men, Grade 8, Nelson Middle School
  • Kamryn Harkey, Grade 6, Newcomb Academy
  • Isaiah Nen, Grade 8, Powell Academy
  • Karina Cerda, Grade 6, Robinson Academy
  • Anni Jarvenen, Grade 8, Rogers Middle School
  • Colton Hutchins, Grade 7, Stanford Middle School
  • Sharon Alfaro Romero, Grade 8, Stephens Middle School
  • Devon Tring, Grade 8, Tincher Preparatory School
  • Hazel Diaz, Grade 8, Washington Middle School

High School and Alternative Education Programs:
  • Kehila Hernandez, Grade 10, Avalon TK-12 School
  • Nia McLennan, Grade 12, Browning High School
  • Flor Rodriguez-Alonzo, Grade 12, Cabrillo High School
  • Ramon Amezcua, Grade 12, California Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Kamari Thompson, Grade 11, Educational Partnership High School
  • Andrea Dorantes, Grade 12, Jordan High School
  • Tydus Pel, Grade 11, Lakewood High School
  • Leila Grant, Grade 12, Long Beach School For Adults
  • Justus Kelly, Grade 12, Millikan High School
  • Daniel Salas, Grade 12, Reid High School
  • Rome Lopez, Grade 12, Renaissance High School for the Arts
  • Rachel Woolwine, Grade 10, Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Brandon Henderson, Grade 12, Wilson High School
  • Juan Ayala Morales, Grade 12, Poly Accelerated Academy of Learning
  • Miracle Trevilla, Grade 12, McBride High School
  • Mia Soto, Grade 12, Polytechnic High School
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