LAUSD Students Receive Scholarships for Essay Writing Contest

A $1000 scholarship was awarded to eight college-bound graduates of LAUSD schools Thursday, August 22, 2013. The students wrote winning essays on recycling and the environment in a contest sponsored by the District’s contracted recycling and waste management contractor, Republic Services, a Phoenix-based waste management contractor.

John Sterritt, the Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), which manages the contract, said, “ This contest is an excellent example that demonstrates how our business partners can directly support our students' achievement.” OEHS is a Division of the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

The contest intended to inspire students to solve and tackle pressing issues regarding the conservation of our environment. Republic also said it believes young people “have the potential to create greener living standards, an environmentally sound economy and a measure of sustainability.”

Essay writers, limited to 500 words, wrote this year’s theme on: “I’m Into LAUSD Being Green!”
Chosen from a pool of 54 seniors, the award winners are:

  • Rachel Dinh - James Monroe High School, North Hills
  • Jannette Flores - James A. Garfield Senior High School, Los Angeles
  • Cristina Marchan – East Los Angeles Renaissance Arts Academy, Los Angeles
  • Kimberly Madrigal - Phineas Banning High School, Wilmington
  • Jimena Marisela Martinez - Academic Leadership Community, Los Angeles
  • Clara Mejia – Esteban Torres High School, Los Angeles
  • Marc Serrano - Narbonne High School, Harbor City
  • Armani Taylor – Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Wilmington