Cabrillo High School art teacher Alice Bolstad received the Honigman Award for Inspired Visual Arts Education at the Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Exhibition. Her photography student, Eduardo Placido-Lozada, received the Director's Choice award.
Poly High School students earned high honors at the recent National History Day Competition's History Day L.A. Two Poly teams were selected to advance to the state finals in Sacramento in May. Earning top honors were two sophomores, Katy Stringer and Rex Lee, for their documentary on the impact of rifling as a technological turning point. Seniors Will Stringer, Emerson Bahr, Danny Siegel, Josh De Leon and Alex Johnson won for their project on the modernist movement as a literary and cultural turning point. These boys have now advanced to the state finals for three years in a row. Poly junior Christian Vasquez took home the big individual award of the day presented by the Reagan Library for best original research related to presidential history, for his project on Lincoln's death and the failure of reconstruction. Vasquez is also the first runner-up in the finals in his category. Classmate Alina Tucker was a finalist for her exhibit on the development of birth control as a turning point in history.
Poly students also earned high honors in this year’s C-SPAN StudentCam competition, which asked students to create a video documentary with a “Message to the President.” Two Poly teams were winners in a national competition of about 1,900 entries. Third Prize went to "Renewable Energy" and Poly students Destin Bigsby, Carl Olson and Kieran Reiser. Honorable mention went to "You're Fired," about unemployment, created by students Luke Van Lant, Jordan Peacock and David Nguyen.
Andy Osman, instructor and conductor of the Poly High School Symphony Orchestra, led student musicians as they debuted an original score by composer Sean O’Loughlin. “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” the novel chosen for the Long Beach Reads One Book citywide reading festival, was transformed into an original symphonic piece by the highly regarded composer. Students performed the piece at the Carpenter Center for Performing Arts.
Wilson Classical High School students Sarah Tachine, Alyse Kollerbohm, Samantha Newman and Philip Poppler presented at the 4th National Student Summit on Oceans & Coasts in Washington, D.C. Their video, "We Need Wetlands," was so well received that the director of education for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has asked the students to travel to the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans to present their video. The Wilson students were the only delegates from 23 groups throughout the nation to be extended this invitation.