Wright honors efforts, achievements of 35th District graduates

Academic success, community involvement and self-improvement rewarded at Student Honors Luncheon


CARSON – On Saturday, Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-South Los Angeles) had the privilege of honoring some of the best and brightest students from throughout the 35th Senate District at his Annual Student Honors Luncheon, held at CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson for the second year in a row.


The festive luncheon, featuring entertainment by a CSUDH student jazz band and dance troupe, recognized graduating elementary school, middle school, high school and adult school students from throughout the district for their academic achievements, community involvement and overall self-improvement.  Every honoree received a Senate certificate, posed for photos with Senator Wright and took home a goodie bag provided by event sponsors.


Six essay contest winners also took home a $500 scholarship, and dozens of lucky students won raffle prizes ranging from amusement park passes to touch-screen PC tablets.


This wonderful opportunity for Senator Wright to reward students for their achievements – including raffle prizes and essay contest scholarship awards -- was made possible by the generosity of local sponsors:  AT&T, Nestle USA, Pacific Gas & Electric, Phillips 66, Sempra, Time Warner Cable and Valero.  The luncheon was hosted by the non-profit National Family Life & Education Center.


This year’s luncheon featured a pair of emcees known as Twin of a Kind, a dynamic duo comprised of twin sisters Desiree Glover and Erin Green, who are on a mission to share a positive message that boosts youth self-image and battles the negative impacts of bullying.


Participants were welcomed to CSUDH by David Gamboa, Director of Government and Community Relations for the university.  LA Sheriff’s Lieutenant Scott Gage led the students, parents and teachers in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an invocation by Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson.




SHL13-01: Angela Gibson of AT&T, Michael Harriel of the Southern California Gas Company, Bobby Sears of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Compton City Councilmember Lillie Dobson, Senator Wright, Assemblymember Steve Bradford and Gardena City Councilmember Dan Median present $500 scholarship checks to essay contest winners Diamond Moore, Michael Martin, Isabel Marie Monroy, Diana Borja Rodriguez, Karnell Davis, Jr., and Andrew Jimenez.


SHL13-02: Senator Wright with Student Honors Luncheon co-emcees, Twin of a Kind, Desiree Glover and Erin Green.



CONTACT:  Jennifer Hanson, 916-651-4035