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 2020, the luncheon will take place Nov. 5 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, 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.

Download 2020 Nomination Form

Regions, send your completed student nomination form (one student recipient per region) to the state ACSA Awards Program coordinator by March 2, 2020:

Attn: Emily Agpoon, ACSA Awards Program
916.329.3833 |

2019 Every Student Succeeding Honorees

2019 Student Honorees

Region 1

Keanen and Keion Evans
8th grade students at Winship Middle School, Eureka City Schools

Region 2

Chloe Blanchette
An 11th grade student at Albert Powell Continuation High School, Yuba City USD

Region 3

Jelan Gentry
A 12th grade student at Rio Americano High School, San Juan USD

Region 4

Ali Hussain
A 12th grade student at Rodriguez High Regional DHH, Solano COE

Region 5

Llisel Badajos
A 12th grade student at Half Moon Bay High School, Cabrillo USD

Region 6

Armando Wright
A 12th grade student at Decoto School for Independent Study, New Haven USD

Region 7

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

Region 8

Leo Chavez
A 6th grade student at Edenvale Elementary School, Oak Grove School District

Region 9

Jammy Harris
An 11th grade student at Sunnyside High School, Fresno USD

Region 10

Cindy Aguilar-Castaneda
A 12th grade student at Gonzales High School, Gonzales USD

Region 11

Haley Keeling
A 12th grade student at Visalia Charter Independent Study, Visalia USD

Region 12

Valeria Montes
A 12th grade student at Chino High School, Chino Valley USD

Region 13

Daniel Morozov
A 5th grade student at Pine Grove Elementary School, Orcutt Union SD

Region 14

Richard Montes
A 12th grade student at Gretchen Whitney High School, ABC USD

Region 15

Alexandra Savage
A 6th grade student at Condit Elementary School, Claremont USD

Region 16

Cory Suzuki
A 12th grade student at Gardena High School, Los Angeles USD

Region 17

Emmanuel Moreno
An 8th grade student at Walker Jr. High School, Anaheim Union HSD

Region 18

Marbella Cruz
An 11th grade student at Calexico Academy, Imperial COE

Region 19

Alexis Arrivillaga
A 12th grade student at Ramona High School, Riverside USD

Adult Education

Carlada Thomas
Sutter County Adult Education

Jesus Lopez-Varela
Oxnard Adult School

Every Student Succeeding