8 Law and Government and Police Academy students were named to the L.A. Mayor's Youth Council for the 2016-2017 school year. Mireille Becerra, Angela Jimenez Pinto, Hipolito Vasquez, Amy Quintanilla, Luis Maya, Ashley Castillo, Angel De Pacina, and Jienel Valenzuela.
Angela Jimenez, a junior in the James Monroe High School Law and Government magnet finished first in the California High School Speech Association's state-wide tournament in the category of Expository Speaking. Angela is the 10th state-wide tournament champion for Monroe High School's Law and Government magnet.
Every year the California Community Foundation awards a $20,000 college scholarship to 12 exceptional tenth graders in LAUSD. Recipients must demonstrate academic excellence, community and school involvement, the ability to overcome personal obstacles, and financial need. This year we are proud to announce that Law and Government sophomore Elizabeth Lopez is a recipient of the Warren Christopher Scholarship. Congratulations, Liz, for this impressive honor.
The Magnet is proud to announce that our very own Kathy Graber has been inducted into the California High School Speech Association (C.H.S.S.A.) Hall of Fame; she is only the second LAUSD teacher to receive this honor, which is voted on by the C.H.S.S.A. council members. In addition to coaching Speech and Debate, Ms. Graber is Co-President of the Tri-Valley Forensic League, the second largest speech league in California. Ms. Graber also coaches our Mock Trial team; she is a past recipient of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Coach of the Year award, and Monroe's Mock Trial team won the L.A. County Mock Trial competition in 2012.
Jemmy Moreira, Law and Government Magnet senior, earned a Posse Scholarship to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. This scholarship covers full tuition, approximately $200,000, and a mentoring network that provides academic and social support for students on elite college campuses. Jemmy is the 17th student from our magnet program to receive a Posse scholarship, and we are very proud of her.