Two area schools heading to state academic decathlon
Hamilton High, Los Angeles High on the way to Sacramento
Despite the economic troubles that have stripped academic decathlon coaches in the Los Angeles Unified School District of the small stipend they received for working with their school’s teams, a record 13 squads from the district are heading to the state championships March 16-18 in Sacramento.
Hamilton High School, which finished in eighth place overall with 40,760.9 points, claimed one of the top 10 regular spots, and Los Angeles High School was named one of the wild card teams.
The two schools were able to finish in the top, thanks in part to their overall performances on the decathlon—they finished in the top 10 in five of the nine categories.
Overall, out of the 63 schools that competed, King/Drew was 16th, Dorsey 17th, Fremont 24th, and Harbor Teacher Prep Academy 28th.
Other highlights for local youth in the competition based on 10 events include: King-Drew Medical Magnet finishing in 10th place in the overall speech competition; Salome Ok finishing in first place in Conference 1 in the Honors Division (GPA of 3.75 and above); Daryon Hancox taking second place in the Varsity Division (GPA 2.99 and below) in Conference 2; in Conference 7 Honors Division, Yasmine Cienfuegos finished second place and in Varsity Division, King-Drew students Malcolm Simpson and Jonathan Salazar placed first and third, respectively.
Last Friday at exactly 8:55 a.m. students at Hamilton High School walked out of their classes to protest school budget cuts and potential Los Angeles Unified School District teacher lay-offs.
Students gathered on the quad to walk out of campus and march around the school, following the marching band. The entire school united to protest what they feel strongly about—their education.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Thousands of students walked out of their classes for about 90 minutes today at Hamilton High School in the South Robertson area of Los Angeles to protest teacher layoffs.
The demonstration began about 9 a.m. at the campus at 2955 S. Robertson Blvd., and students returned to their classrooms about 10:30 a.m, said Ellen Morgan of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
At Belvedere Middle School in East Los Angeles, some music students demonstrated before school, but they did not miss any classes, Morgan said.
View Park resident and retired Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) police officer David Anthony couldn’t believe his eyes when he entered the Lock n’ Load gun and ammo store in Henderson, Nev.
But there it was right in plain view, a pristine 60mm machine gun positioned high on a shelf for sale; a weapon, he feels, that kept him and his platoon alive during his tour of duty as a 19-year-old machine gunner in 1968 in the Vietnam War.
Founded in 2005 and incorporated in 2008, the Diamond in the Raw Foundation’s mission is to introduce foster care and at-risk teen girls ages 12-18 to opportunities in the entertainment field while working to improve the gender imbalance that exists in the industry today. Diamond in the RAW provides a variety of workshops—held after school and during the summer months—that offer guidance, support, life skills development and myriad other benefits for youth who are at risk of not reaching their full academic, professional and/or human potential.
A team of students from Westchester High School, shown above, was one of three finalists in the inaugural Aspen Challenge—launched by the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The team consists of, from left to right: coach Veianca Millet, Mia Brumfield, Arielle Brumfield, Chelsea Arzu, Nick Davis, Isaiah Dunn, Jasmine Polee, Jordan Keligond and Ralston Galvez.