Every Student Succeeding

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 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.

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 Ceremony in November, as well as at various regional events.

In 2023, the ESS presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento.

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 Nomination Form

Check with your region leadership for the region submission deadline and process.

**All nominations must be submitted to your region or charter leadership.**


Send your completed student winner's nomination form (one student recipient per region) to the state ACSA Awards Program coordinator by March 1, 2023: Emily Agpoon, ACSA Awards Program
916.329.3833 | eagpoon(at)acsa.org


2022 Every Student Succeeding Honorees

2022 Student Honorees

We sincerely congratulate all the 2022 student recipients at the charter, region and state levels.
ACSA is proud to honor your achievements, resilience and bravery.

Region 1

Ramiro Uribe-Arias
Anderson New Technology High School, Anderson Union HSD
12th grade

Region 2

McKenna Berry
Ponderosa High School, El Dorado Union HSD
12th grade

Region 3

Jose Sanchez Paredes
Washington Middle College High School, Washington USD
11th grade

Region 4

Logan Jirout
Kelseyville High School, Kelseyville USD
9th grade

Region 5

Deysia Teofilo
Baden High School, South San Francisco USD
12th grade

Region 6

Carmelo Santiago
LVJUSD YouthBuild, Livermore Valley Joint USD
GED Program

Region 7

Blake Schroeder
Village Oaks High School, Lincoln USD
12th grade

Region 8

Ella Rae Rodriguez
Christopher High School, Gilroy USD
12th grade

Region 9

David Ramirez Amezcua
Delhi High School, Delhi USD
12th grade

Region 10

Jocelyn Mexicano
Soledad High School, Soledad USD
12th grade

Region 11

Emma Barrera
Visalia Charter Independent Study, Visalia USD
12th grade

Region 12

Natalie Bracamontes
Hillside High School, Upland USD
12th grade

Region 13

Israel Diaz Salazar
Cabrillo Middle School, Ventura USD
7th grade

Region 14

Ashlynn Smith-Asharri
Cerritos High School, ABC USD
12th grade

Region 15

Ximena Mendez
Baldwin Park High, Baldwin Park USD
12th grade

Region 16

Israel Tavera
Public Service Community School, Los Angeles USD
12th grade

Region 17

Aisha De Roux
Loara High School, Anaheim Union HSD
12th grade

Region 18

Mario Rader
San Pasqual Academy, San Diego COE/JCCS
12th grade

Region 19

Tiyani Ragoschke
Glen View High School, Beaumont USD
12th grade

Adult Education

Nicholas Marks
LA Unified Adult Education, Venice Skills Center

Diana Viscarra
Sequoia Adult School

Every Student Succeeding