Every Student Succeeding

ACSA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Every Student Succeeding program.

We hope you'll join us to celebrate this year's outstanding student honorees and recognize the hundreds of students who have inspired us with their courage and resilience since 1996.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Every Student Succeeding Program. Learn more.

2021 Every Student Succeeding Honorees

2021 Student Honorees

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. We sincerely congratulate all the 2021 student recipients at the charter, region and state levels. ACSA is proud to honor your achievements, resilience and bravery.

Region 1

Emily Yang

A 12th grade student at Eureka High School, Eureka City Schools

Region 2

Adrian Chun

A 12thth grade student at Wheatland Union High School, Wheatland Union HSD

Region 3

Rayahna Fraijo

An 11th grade student at Esparto High School, Esparto USD

Region 4 2021 ESS Caitlynn Alimboyao

Region 4

Caitlynn Alimboyao

A 12th grade student at Vallejo High School, Vallejo City USD

2021 Region 5 ESS Monia Walker.

Region 5

Monia Walker

A 12th grade student at Abraham Lincoln High School, SFUSD

Region 6

Hallie Evans

A 12th grade student at Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo USD

R7 2021 ESS Neomi Chavez.

Region 7

Neomi Chavez

A 12th grade student at Lathrop High School, Manteca USD

Region 8 2021 ESS Nate Lopez.

Region 8

Nathaniel Lopez

A 5th grade student at Del Roble Elementary, Oak Grove SD

Region 9 2021 ESS Tyler Sheen.

Region 9

Tyler Sheen

A 12th grade student at Pershing Continuation High, Central USD

Region 10 2021 ESS Consuelo Vidal-Perez.

Region 10

Consuelo Vidal-Perez

A 12th grade student at Watsonville High School, Pajaro Valley USD

Region 11 ESS Oscar Velazquez.

Region 11

Oscar Velazquez

A 12th grade student at Lee Vining High School, Eastern Sierra USD

R12 2021 ESS Matthew Barrera.Region 12

Matthew Barrera

An 8th grade student at Sequoia Middle School, Fontana USD

Region 13

Isabella Francisco

A 12th grade student at Westlake High School, Conejo Valley USD

Region 14 2021 ESS Naima Dellawar.

Region 14

Naima Dellawar

An 11th grade student at Cerritos High School, ABC USD

Region 15 2021 ESS Angel Barnes.

Region 15

Angel Barnes

A 12th grade student at Quartz Hill High, Antelope Valley HSD

Region 16 ESS winner Natalie Gonzalez.

Region 16

Natalie Gonzalez

A 12th grade student at Bell High school, Los Angeles USD

R17 2021 ESS Kaiyanna Han.

Region 17

Kaiyanna Han

An 11th grade student at William Lyon School, ACCESS-OCDE

R18 2021 ESS Zayne Higuera.

Region 18

Zayne Higuera

A 12th grade student at Mountain Empire High School, Mountain Empire USD

R19 ESS 2021 Adrian Grajeda.

Region 19

Adrian Grajeda

A 12th grade student at Palm Desert High School, Desert Sands USD

Adult Education

Miami Abdulal
Corona-Norco Adult School

Torrance Adult School

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

In 2021, the ESS presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. We will post more information as it becomes available.

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

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.

Download 2022 Nomination Form
Check with your region leadership for the region submission deadline. **All nominations must be submitted to your region or charter leadership.**

Regions, send your completed student nomination form (one student recipient per region) to the state ACSA Awards Program coordinator by March 1, 2022:
Emily Agpoon, ACSA Awards Program
916.329.3833 | eagpoon(at)acsa.org


Every Student Succeeding