Every Student Succeeding

Program Overview

Every Student Succeeding

ACSA believes every student deserves equal opportunities to succeed. On every school day throughout California, dedicated educators and courageous students overcome tremendous obstacles to reach their goals of academic excellence.

Their success is our success; their powerful stories are our inspiration.

Each year, ACSA recognizes 19 pre-K-adult students, one from each geographic region, as well as two California adult education students, for overcoming the odds and achieving success.


Students will be honored at ACSA's Leadership Summit Every Student Succeeding Luncheon in November, as well as at various regional events.

In 2019, the luncheon will take place Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, CA.

ACSA will actively publicize award recipients through the news media, and ACSA's website, publications and social media channels.

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Purpose and Eligibility

Purpose. The purpose of this award is to honor students at all grade levels (pre-K to adult education) who have succeeded against all odds, beyond expectations or simply won the hearts of the administrators and other educators who helped them achieve their goals. One student from each region will be honored.

Eligibility. Nominees should be students who have made a special effort to succeed and have overcome obstacles such as:

  • Returning to school
  • Leaving a gang
  • Improving their attendance
  • Changing their attitude
  • Overcoming physical and mental barriers

They should also be active in:

  • After school programs
  • Community service
  • Student conflict resolution
  • Cross-age tutoring
  • Peer mediation
  • Peer tutoring

Nominees can come from programs such as:

  • Alternative Education
  • At-risk
  • Bilingual
  • Continuation School


Nominations must be sent directly to the nominee's region. Each region will select one winner and honor them at region events throughout the year.

2019 ESS Nomination Form

Regions, send your completed student nomination form (one student recipient per region) to the state ACSA Awards Program coordinator by March 1, 2019:

Attn: Emily Agpoon, ACSA Awards Program
916.329.3833 | Fax: 916.596.9556 |

2018 Every Student Succeeding Honorees

2018 Student Honorees

Region 1

Jasmine Phillips
An 11th grade student at Anderson New Technology High in the Anderson Union HSD
Watch Jasmine's story

Region 2

Francisco Marquez
An 11th grade student at Rocklin High School in the Rocklin USD
Watch Francisco's story

Region 3

Michelle Broskie
A 12th grade student at Walnutwood High School in the Folsom-Cordova USD
Watch Michelle's story

Region 4

Raevan Waldon
A 12th grade student at Valley Oak High School in the Napa Valley USD
Watch Raevan's story

Region 5

Emily Tang
A 5th grade student at John Yehall Chin Elementary in the San Francisco USD
Watch Emily's story

Region 6

Mariana Thomas
A 12th grade student at Black Diamond High School in the Pittsburg USD
Watch Mariana's story

Region 7

Carson Stubstad
A 12th grade student at Amador High School in the Amador County USD
Watch Carson's story

Region 8

Joelle Drake
A 5th grade student at Sakamoto Elementary School in the Oak Grove SD
Watch Joelle's story

Region 9

Jaskiret Rai
A 12th grade student at Kerman High School in the Kerman USD
Watch Jaskiret's story

Region 10

Rolando Pablo Lorenzo
A 12th grade student at San Benito High School in the San Benito HSD
Watch Rolando's story

Region 11

Mickaela Valenti
A 12th grade student at Stockdale High School in the Kern HSD
Watch Mickaela's story

Region 12

Jessica Corona
A 12th grade student at GEC - Goodwill High School in the Victor Valley Union HSD
Watch Jessica's story

Region 13

Nick Morales
A 12th grade student at Agoura High School/Indian Hills West Credit Recovery Program in the Las Virgenes USD
Watch Nick's story

Region 14

Stella Linardi
A 12th grade student at Whitney High School in the ABC USD
Watch Stella's story

Region 15

Federico Hernandez
A 10th grade student at Temple City High School in the Temple City USD
Watch Federico's story

Region 16

Beatriz Vasquez
A 12th grade student at Northridge Academy High School in the Los Angeles USD
Watch Beatriz's story

Region 17

Joe Chao
A 12th grade student at Los Alamitos High School in the Los Alamitos USD
Watch Joe's story

Region 18

Jamie Geng
A 12th grade student at Westview High School in the Poway USD
Watch Jamie's story

Region 19

Luis Diaz
A 12th grade student at Ramona High School in the Riverside USD
Watch Luis's story

Adult Education

Wendy Paola Samayoa
San Mateo Adult School

Patricia Ashley Holmes
Highlands Community Charter School

Every Student Succeeding