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Academic Achievement Group: Assemblyman Mike Davis surrounded by high academic achievers from Washington Prep, Manuel Arts, Foshay Learning Center, Price High School, Opportunities Unlimited Charter, Animo Los Angeles Charter and University of Southern California.
Assemblyman Mike Davis honored 3.6 G.P.A. students at Academic Achievement Awards Breakfast
Assemblyman Mike Davis honored high achieving students with a 3.6 grade point average and above at the 48th District Academic Achievement Awards Breakfast in the California Science Center's Loker Room in Exposition Park. Over 100 exceptional students received awards from the districts high schools including Washington Preparatory, Manual Arts, Foshay Learning Center, Animo South Los Angeles Charter and Price High School.
Additionally, Assemblyman Davis presented special recognitions to four distinguished seniors that are shining examples of what can be accomplished with focus and diligence when faced with great odds. Tyki Nelworth, entered the world with an addiction to crack, a broken family unit, bounced from home to home with occasional periods of homelessness but focused his attention on his studies and is graduating with a 4.2 GPA from Washington Prep Academy. He is headed to West Point Military Academy in the fall and promises to continue to motivate others with his story of overcoming extreme difficulties in his life. Allen Crabbe of Price High School, focused on academics and athletics to insure that his future was bright. He graduates with a 3.6 GPA and is the first Gatorade California Basketball Player of the Year from the 48th District and will study and play at CAL. Principal Hodges Pittman accepted his award. Edward Carrillo, senior at Manuel Arts, lost his dad to HIV and at 10 years of age, his mother was killed. His dedication to mastering his courses earned him the largest financial aide amount ever given one student at Emerson University. He humbly accepted this honor and is determined to succeed. Kimberly Lam, Valedictiorian at Foshay Learning Center proudly stated that she had no struggles but that her single mother of three surmounted great obstacles. Her praise and tribute to her mother for unconditional love, support and guidance was heartwarming.
"I am proud to recognize the students in the South Los Angeles area who have achieved a 3.6 grade point average and above this year," stated Assemblyman Davis. "They are truly among the next generation of leadership that will take our country to the next level of achievement. We realize there are many people with various talents and skills. We could not be prouder than to acknowledge their success in mastering their studies in high school."
The Loker Room was filled with excited students, proud parents, school administrators and community leaders. Assemblyman Davis offered the Invocation. The Manuel Arts ROTC Color Guard posted the colors with the National Anthem played by Mark "Panther" Felton. Keynote speaker, Areva Martin, Esq., Founder of Martin & Martin, LLP and President of Special Needs, Inc., brought a message of hope to the students that will inspire them as they continue their quest for higher education.