When Isobel Anthony sings, the audience takes notice: the 17-year-old performs with poise, her voice crystalline in timbre and precise in pitch. The Malibu High School junior is preparing for a summer packed with practice and performances after her recent recognition by the Music Center of Los Angeles as a 2015 Grand Prize Finalist at the Spotlight Awards – success she attributes to hard work and the supportive, quality instruction she’s received from teachers in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Anthony was one of 14 finalists recognized from 1,600 student applicants representing 450 schools across Southern California for Spotlight, a prestigious competition, scholarship and training program.
Santa Monica-Malibu Superintendent Sandra Lyon has been selected to join the Suburban School Superintendents (SSS), a prestigious national organization dedicated to improving the quality of schools. The SSS, founded 49 years ago, is limited to a 150 active superintendents from the pre-eminent suburban school districts throughout the country and strives to improve the quality of educational opportunities, programs and services for children, staff and parents in member districts. By pooling ideas and information from its membership, the organization works collaboratively to solve issues facing schools nationwide.
Students from Santa Monica High School have achieved the perfect trifecta, receiving the top three prizes in the seventh annual Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest for their artistic expression, creativity and interpretation of this year’s theme “Do More to Use Less.” Advanced Placement Environmental Science students Valerie Young, Yanjun Li and Anastasia Khromova were awarded grand prize, second place and honorable mention for creating posters that addressed the question “How can you raise awareness about the drought and cut back water use by 20 percent?” The Samohi students were recognized at the Sustainability Student Poster Contest Awards Ceremony and Celebration on May 27, hosted at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
Some 350 seventh-graders at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified’s Lincoln Middle School were interviewed by professionals and community members this week on the theme, “What is a Worthwhile Life?” as a way to prompt the students to reflect on important decisions in their academic and personal futures. In its 24th year at Lincoln, the year-end Worthwhile Life interviews connect students to cross-curricular topics and themes encountered throughout seventh grade. The students were interviewed for 15 minutes on May 21 and 22 by 50 local college professors, Rand researchers, former teachers and students, local business people, and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified administrators and board members, among others.