Marking its fifth year, the Jordan High Allen Alevy Student Empowerment Scholarship program honors high school students who are college or military bound
Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson, LBUSD Board of Education member Megan Kerr and some of Jordan High School’s 2019 graduating seniors stand with the 2019 banners at Monday’s ceremony. Photo: Jenny Gov
By Jenny Gov, contributing writer
In partnership with Ninth District City Councilman Rex Richardson and Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education board Megan Kerr, Jordan High school unveiled a new set of banners for the 2019 graduating seniors on Monday, June 10.
Marking its fifth year, the Jordan High banner program honors high school students who are college or military bound. The banners celebrate the academic success of Jordan High students while highlighting the importance of higher education.
“We’re incredibly proud of you, all the work that you’ve done over the past four years,” Richardson said during Monday’s ceremony.
Richardson said the banner program recognizes that the graduating seniors are off to a great start. Since the banner program first started in 2014, he said there has been an increase in graduation rate and number of college bound students.
“You all are college bound, you’re leaving Jordan High School with a great education,” he said.
Seated in their caps and gowns, graduating seniors cheered for their fellow graduates as Richardson listed names of future colleges.
Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and UC Berkeley were among the universities mentioned.
Kerr followed Richardson with some encouraging words.
“These banners are just an outward symbol of that pride that we all feel in your great success and accomplishments,” Kerr said.
She continued by thanking the graduating seniors for setting the tone for future Jordan High students.
“Thank you for setting the tone for our youngest learners,” she said.
For the third year, five Jordan students were awarded the Annual North Long Beach Education Fund (Allen Alevy Student Empowerment Scholarship) scholarships. The scholarships were made possible by the fund, Rex Richardson’s office, and Kerr.
Those five scholarship recipients are Diamond Boxley (Community Leaders Award, UC Irvine), America Calvario (Community Leaders Award, UC Berkeley), Crystal Santillan Olmos, (Community Leaders Award, UCLA), Justin Smith (My Brother’s Keeper Award, CSULB) and Ashley Flores-Vaquerano (Future Entrepreneurs Award, UC Irvine).
Jordan High’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 13.