The Every Student Succeeding Award Recipients for the 2019-2020 year:
Leiona Carlisle
Bellflower Adult Transition Center
Bellflower Unified School District
Dominic Hamilton
Williams Elementary
Downey Unified School District
Matthew Castillion
Nuffer STEAM Academy
Norwalk-La Mirada
Daniel Medelez
Washington Elementary
Bellflower Unified School District
Olivia Fernandez
Cerritos High School
ABC Unified School District
Gisel Osuna
Buena Vista High School
Paramount Unified School District
Ana Gonzalez
Downey Adult School
Downey Unified School District
Karina Pineda
El Camino High School
Norwalk-La Mirada
Meri Gukasian
Hoover High School
Glendale Unified School District
Tamara Quintana
Carr Elementary
Torrance Unified School District


The students and their support teams were invited to attend the ACSA Region 14 Every Student Succeeding Award Recognition Banquet on February 26, 2020 at the Grand in Long Beach. ACSA Region 14 is grateful to Schools First Credit Union for their sponsorship of our event. In addition, we wish to thank STS Corporation for their generous donation of a Chromebook for each of our award winners. Also, we want to thank South High School’s Southland Singers from Torrance Unified School District for entertaining at the event.

The Southland Singers from South HS in TUSD
Welcome by ACSA Region 14 President Sandy Skora
Alisa Brown from STS Education
Leiona Carlisle with ACSA Region 14 President Sandy Skora
Matthew Castillion
Matthew Castillion thanks everyone with a song
Ana Gonzalez
Ana Gonzales thanks her support team
Dominic Hamilton
Daniel Medelez
Gisel Osuna
Tamara Quintana


The mission of ACSA is to ensure that all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel. On every school day throughout California, dedicated educators and courageous students overcome tremendous obstacles to reach that goal. Their success is our success; their powerful stories are our inspiration.

ACSA’s Every Student Succeeding program honors students who exceed our expectations and the educators who support them along the way. We are proud to highlight these young men and women who have overcome great obstacles to succeed. They face life’s challenges head on. Their stories are remarkable and their futures are bright.

Purpose. The purpose of this award is to honor students at all grade levels 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. The success of these students should be tied to the work of ACSA administrators. We know that other educators will also have made significant contributions to their support, including board members, teachers, guardians, community members, etc.

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

Nomination Process. 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.

Deadline. This year’s submission deadline for Region 14 was January 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Recognition. Students are recognized in EdCal and at ACSA’s annual Leadership Summit in November. A video featuring the students’ photos and success stories is premiered at one of two Summit General Sessions. Additionally, many regions recognize their ESS student recipients on the regional level.