Why Education Matters 2016 Contest Winners

$1000 Awards for Essays on "Why Education Matters"

Partnership Between Private and Public Sectors Continues to Benefit Education

Congratulations are in order for high school seniors from five California public school districts:

  • Nathan Alvarez, Santa Barbara USD
  • Jessica Bouchard, Dublin USD
  • Alonso Casas, Sweetwater Union HSD
  • Alexis Juarez, Riverside USD
  • Cassidy Scott, Folsom Cordova USD

These students were recently named as winners of the seventh annual "Why Education Matters" essay contest, a unique collaboration between the California Association of California Latino Superintendents & Administrators (CALSA) and the F3 Student Awards.

As part of the application process, students from across the state wrote essays on how they define success and the role education plays in helping them combine personal passions with professional aspirations. Essays were reviewed and assessed by leaders of CALSA, a professional association comprised of Latino educational leaders statewide dedicated to closing the Latina/o achievement gap.

"It is inspirational to assist these future leaders with the essential educational step in helping them achieve their goals," observed CALSA Executive Director Dr. David Verdugo.  "As the educational bar continues to be set high, it is important for private organizations to proactively address and support our students. I have the highest regard for F3 and their generosity."

The F3 Student Awards were established by Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, a comprehensive public education law firm, and sponsors the "Why Education Matters" awards. From six locations across the state, F3 represents nearly 500 of the state's public school districts and county offices of education.

"Our clients are dedicated to serving students," said F3 Managing Partner Christopher Keeler, "and we share their commitment providing outstanding educational opportunities as a way to reach their goals. We established the F3 Student Awards and are proud to partner with leading education associations, including CALSA, to help recognize and reward public education's many student success stories. It is our deepest honor to recognize and support these terrific students."

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