Bernisha Williams, an eighth grade student from Willowbrook Middle School won third place in the 2015 Secondary Spelling Bee contest hosted by the Compton Unified School District.
Williams competed in more than 40 rounds to spell college-level words such as “apocryphal” and “synecdoche” during the Jan. 15 event.
For preparation, she said she spent three days a week for hours learning to spell words like “ragout” because of their “tricky spelling” and pronunciation.
The Los Angeles City Council proclaimed Jan. 16 as a day for real estate magnate and philanthropist La-Doris McClaney, because of her humanitarian efforts and contributions to charities supporting Los Angeles communities.
According to Legislative Deputy Justin Wesson, the L.A. City Council does not declare more than 20 days each year and very few, if any, black women have been honored with a day.
Teachers from Los Angeles Unified School District received the profession’s highest credential, more than any school district in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to a district spokesperson.
This year, 128 teachers completed the National Board Certification, which typically takes up to two years to complete.
The district honored the newly certified teachers with many prominent educators attending, including a video appearance by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.
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