Each school selected at least one student who has battled obstacles. Many honorees have confronted medical problems, family issues, learning challenges and other difficulties.
The most inspiring student chosen from Jordan High School is: Donald Alikhan, Grade 12. He overcame tremendous personal difficulties to become one of Jordan's most well-rounded seniors.
Posted May 16, 2008 - The "Panthers at Sea" program, giving Jordan High School students an opportunity to experience sailing, has been revived! Read about it in this article from the LBReport.
Posted April 28, 2008 - The Jordan High School band, The J-Town Drumline, was especially busy Saturday, April 26, 2008 when, by splitting the band in half, one group performed at the Rose Bowl and the other at the Burbank Parade, where they received the first place trophy and helped raise $1,000,000 for the Autism Speaks Foundation. You can see The J-Town Drumline on May 22, 2008 at a concert at Jordan or when they perform at the Staples Center on June 6th!
Posted March 14, 2008 - Teacher Joseph F. Tucciarone's Math, Engineering & Science Achievement trebuchet team lead by team captain Luis Aguilar took awards in all 5 categories at the CSULB competition. They advance to the state regional competition for California and the regional winners then go to nationals. This is a national MESA event.
3rd place: Report
2nd place: Accuracy
1st place: Design Efficiency
1st place: Maximum Distance Thrown
1st place: Overall Winner (Most Overall Points)
Posted March 21, 2008 - On March 20th, the Pantherettes and Drumline performed as the halftime entertainment at the L.A. Clippers (vs. Golden State Warriors) basketball game. A portion of their program was shown on ESPN television. The students had a great time at this event and their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
Posted March 14, 2008 - Congratulations to the following Jordan High School art students who were represented at the Urban Youth in Long Beach art show at the Long Beach Museum of Art: Eduardo Robles, Joseph Tran, Henry Luong, Marlyn Vallejo, Faalai Manu, Eustace Simpson, Gabriela Ochoa, Elizabeth Martinez, Gabriela Limones. The opening was held in the Toyota Children’s Gallery on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm.
Posted March 7, 2008 - Congratulations to J-Town’s Jazz Band – on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 the J-Town Jazz Band performed in the 7th annual Mayfair H.S. Jazz Festival featuring 16 bands in 3 categories. The Jazz Band had an outstanding performance and ended up taking 1st place over several well established music programs in their division.
Jordan posted the 3rd highest musical score of any school in the whole competition. The judges also recognized the following students for performing as the Festivals Outstanding Soloists: -Jerome Smith, ETA student, -Marcus Fletcher, ETA student, -Tashon Benson, ETA student, -Ismael Mata
Posted February 2008 - Jordan High School's ACE Academy. The ACE Academy curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and for entry-level careers in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. Read more about the academy in the Press-Telegram article from March 3, 2008 at the following link: http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_8432954
Posted February 2008 - Fanny Reyes, from Jordan High, is one of six students honored on February 21, 2008. Two of the students are from the Long Beach Unified School District, the other being Tracy Williams, from Educational Partnership High School. Tracy is one of two students being forwarded to State ACSA for consideration for the top award.
12th Grade, David Starr Jordan High School
Long Beach Unified School District
Persistence and hard work have paid off for Fanny Reyes, currently a senior at David Starr Jordan High School. Improving academically from grades of "Ds" and "Cs" during her Freshman and Sophomore years to almost straight "As" during her Junior and Senior years, Fanny has seen her GPA go from a 2.0 to 3.92 after her Junior year.
Fanny will be the first of her family of seven (she is the eldest of five children, living with mom and dad) to receive her high school diploma. She has stated that her parents tried to push her and help her with homework, but unfortunately they did not have the tools or education themselves to provide the tutoring. Now, Fanny is applying for acceptance at local California State Universities.
Since Fanny’s father is the sole breadwinner in the family, Fanny started working at a local burger restaurant at the age of sixteen. Her job duties were cashier, server, dishwasher and anything else that she could help with in the restaurant. Fanny’s paycheck helps her father pay the bills and she is happy that she can contribute to her family in this way. Although she is tired from working, going to school and volunteering at the Ramona Park Recreation Center where she tutors and helps with hands on activities for preschoolers and elementary age children, she continues to be a bright, ambitious and optimistic young lady.
Fanny’s counselor at Jordan High School believes that Fanny has always been a "jewel that just needed to be shined." She is respectful, nice and unselfish. She puts her family first before her own wants and needs.
Fanny’s parents have supported her by making her feel safe, loved and important. While growing up, Fanny had constant reminding from her parents about the importance of education and was told to never give up. Her parents taught her to be a respectful young lady to her peers, teachers and staff members.
Fanny played on the soccer team her sophomore, junior and senior year. Through this, she learned about teamwork, persistence and hard work.