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Alhambra Source and AUSD Have Announced the Eight K-8 Winners Of the 2020 Census Storytelling Contest

  • Estevan Sayon is the 1st Place winner in the 3rd-5th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. He is a 4th grader at Monterey Highlands Elementary. Photo courtesy of Maria Avila.

  • Sophia Covarrubias is the 2nd Place winner in the 3rd-5th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 5th grader at Fremont Elementary. Photo courtesy of Elva Cortez-Covarrubias.

  • Ivory Razo is the 3rd Place winner in the 3rd-5th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 3rd grader at St. Thomas Moore Catholic School. Photo courtesy of Liliana Razo.

  • Hana Minami received an Honorable Mention in the 3rd -5th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 3rd grader at Marguerita Elementary. Photo courtesy of Allison Minami.

  • Kristine Sy is the 1st Place winner in the 6th-8th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 7th grader at Monterey Highlands Elementary. Photo courtesy of Van Luong.

  • Kaitlyn Cao is the 2nd Place winner in the 6th-8th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is an 8th grader at Repetto Elementary. Photo courtesy of Jodi Li.

  • Michelle Zhang is the 3rd Place winner in the 6th-8th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 7th grader at Martha Baldwin Elementary. Photo courtesy of Michael Zhang.

  • Sophia Nitta received an Honorable Mention in the 6th-8th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 7th grader at St. Thomas Moore Catholic School. Photo courtesy of Lily Nitta.

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The Alhambra Source is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Census Storytelling Contest, which was open to all elementary school students in Alhambra and the Western SGV. The Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) was a co-sponsor of the contest.

The students were invited to become census ambassadors submitting stories that answered prompts about the census, their family’s process in filling out the census or offered possible solutions to get under counted communities counted.

The census is a vitally important process that helps families, schools and communities. The count is a guideline to how much federal funding goes to states and cities. The storytelling contest also helped fill the need during the COVID-19 restrictions to focus on safe, socially distant, outreach-activities that both educated and engaged participants. Entrant families had to have completed the census form to be considered. The census is still going on so if your family hasn’t yet participated here is a link to do so.

There were three categories for this contest: K-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade, and a final category for Honorable Mentions. Due to ineligible submissions in the K-2nd Grade Category, that group has been withdrawn. Given this modification, 2nd place winners (along with 1st place winners) are now eligible to participate in the $300 grand prize raffle that will be held after all of the stories are published.

 

Meet the winners of the 2020 Census Storytelling Contest:

 

3rd-5th Grade Category: 

1st Place – Estevan Sayon, Monterey Highlands Elementary

2nd Place – Sophia Covarrubias, Fremont Elementary

3rd Place – Ivory Razo, St. Thomas More Catholic School

Honorable Mention – Hana Minami, Marguerita Elementary

 

6th-8th Grade Category: 

1st Place – Kristine Sy, Monterey Highlands Elementary

2nd Place – Kaitlyn Cao, Repetto Elementary

3rd Place – Michelle Zhang – Martha Baldwin Elementary

Honorable Mention – Sophia Nitta, St. Thomas More Catholic School

 

First place winners will receive a $200 gift card, second place winners a $100 gift card, and third place winners a $50 gift card. All recognized students including Honorable Mentions will receive a commemorative plaque in addition having their entries published on alhambrasource.org

Several members of the Alhambra Source advisory board which includes local leaders, established educators, and media professionals, were among the judges who graded the entries. Their bios are listed below. The Alhambra Source would also like to thank AUSD board member Robert L. Gin, for his generous support for this competition.  The Alhambra Source will be publishing the winning entries starting soon so stay tuned.


Sandra Ball-Rokeach

Sandra is Co-Founder of the Alhambra Source and serves as Co-Chair of its Advisory Board. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. While a Professor of Communication and Sociology in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (1986-2018), Sandra led the Metamorphosis Project, an in-depth inquiry into the transformation of urban community under the forces of globalization, new communication technologies and population diversity.

 

Elaine Woo

Elaine is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and editor with deep experience in daily journalism, including three decades on the staff of the Los Angeles Times. Her assignments have included personality profiles, news features, breaking news, commentaries and news obituaries on notable local, national and international figures.

 

Teresa Ybarra

Teresa is the President of Alhambra Latino Association and was a public school teacher for 37 Years. In her career as an educator she has taken on many roles including instructional aide, early childhood education aide, parent workshop presenter, curriculum writer, instructional specialist and bilingual teacher.

 

Barbara Osborn

Prior to becoming Communication Director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Barbara worked for 15 years as the Strategic Communications Director for the Liberty Hill foundation, and as a strategy and leadership coach for numerous community organizations and philanthropic institutions.

 

Sara Harris

Sara is a journalist with 20 years of experience reporting on land-use, education, and social/environmental equality as host of Hear in the City (KPFK 90.7FM), as bureau chief at Youth Radio Los Angeles, and on Marketplace, Morning Edition, WNYC, PRI, and Mexico’s IMER. Sara co-founded RadioSonideros sound-mapping collective, AudioPostales cross-border radio, and currently teaches with Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network

 

Zoee Drimmer

Zoee is an incoming junior at Marlborough School. To judge these essays, Zoee drew on her experience on debate teams, providing feedback to her peers on their writing, as well as her experience authoring thoughtful, critical essays for her honors English classes. She is interested in pursuing biology or architecture as a career.

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