Ice skating, drawing & dance paved the way for this Otis College freshman’s creative higher-ed studies and Olympic aspirations By Katherine Brubaker At age 18, Zarii Arri’s love for the arts can be classified as multifaceted. Primarily a talented figure skater, Arri has taken on other artistic pursuits along the way, while simultaneously maintaining straight As at online school California Connections Academy. Arri is now in her first year at Otis College of Art and Design, majoring in video game development. Arri has always been interested in skating. “My mom says that I had a little postcard of figure...Read More
Civil Rights icon Angela Davis speaks with Crossroads students about prison abolition, community and contemporary activism By Lydia You “Thank you so much, I’m like, so starstruck right now,” an excited Alana Cotwright exclaimed over video chat. Cotwright, a senior at progressive, private K-12 school Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, was speaking to her idol: philosopher, academic, author and iconic American political activist, Dr. Angela Davis. Cotwright and a handful of other students from Crossroads School were participating in an online panel hosted by the school’s Institute of Equity & Justice, which was broadcast on...Read More
Santa Monica College math major creates website that connects health care pros with much-needed PPE By Dev Jaiswal and Christina Campodonico His passions span derivatives, coding and service. Fifteen-year-old Santa Monica College math major Max Steinberg has used his interest in computer programming to join the fight against the coronavirus. Inspired by a story from a close relative, he has created a website, called Supply Chain, to help medical professionals secure more personal protective equipment. “When I heard that my close relative was going to work in a scuba mask, I was really surprised because his hospital couldn’t get...Read More
The Rotary Club of Westchester honors 2020 scholarship winners By Dev Jaiswal Senior year looked very different for most of West Los Angeles’ 2020 high school graduates. In-person classes? No. College visits? Nope. Prom? Absolutely not. Graduation? Too bad. And for the six Rotary Club of Westchester scholarship recipients from Playa del Rey’s Saint Bernard High School and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet, no traditional awards ceremony either. Due to this year’s pandemic, the Rotary Club had to cancel their usual buffet meal at the LAX-adjacent Crowne Plaza Hotel honoring recipients of their scholarship awards program. But the club got...Read More
LAUSD is ‘all hands on deck’ for the start of school and distance learning By Nick Melvoin Melvoin represents District 4 on the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles Unified School District welcomed our families back to school this week, but it was a new year unlike any other as students logged on to learn from home. In the face of this year’s nearly impossible challenges, we have rolled out unprecedented new efforts to meet the needs of the students and families I represent on the LA Unified Board of Education, while also...Read More
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