Cheers West Edition


Los Angeles native Bridget Stokes is among four semi-finalists to be awarded $10,000 by AT&T to make her feature film “Emmett.”

AT&T’s new Untold Stories film program offers financial support to women and minority filmmakers.

A director, storyteller and producer, Stokes’ work has been recognized at the Urbanworld Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival, among others.

Stokes graduated from Brown University with a degree in Art Semiotics and Africana Studies.

Magdalena Lara

A molecular biology student at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Magdalena Lara has been chosen from more than 12,000 applicants for the National Science Foundation Fellowship.

The program supports the master’s and doctoral studies of students in the technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Lara is set to attend Stanford University’s doctoral program in the fall. Her tuition and health insurance will be covered by the fellowship.

Micah Ali

Micah Ali, president of the Compton school board, has been re-elected unanimously as chair of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education.

He was first elected to the Compton school board in 2007, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Ali is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills, Stanford and Yale universities.


Compiled by Dorany Pineda.


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