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When the clock struck 9 p.m., students gathered as the prom king and queen were announced: Jacob Moreo and Beth Siersma!
The end of an era: Prom 2024
Olivia Cooks, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- Los Alamitos High School hosted its 2024 junior and senior prom at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center...

 Its time for the class of 2024 to enter their adulthood and close the chapter to their high school career.  Seniors are finishing up their end of the year strong with all of their favorite activities and spending time with their friends.
Seniors' thoughts on the end of the school year
Layla Martinez, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS CA -- As the school year of 2024 wraps up, seniors are having mixed feelings about whether or not they are looking forward to graduation...

A group of graduates throw their cap in the air, celebrating the completion of an important milestone.
How to be photo-ready for graduation
Nandi Smith, Editor • May 20, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA – Graduation for the Los Alamitos High School class of 2024 is fast-approaching. The special event is Tuesday, June 4 at Dignity...

Los Alamitos School District presents teachers with ‘Teacher of the Year Award’

Brilliant teachers from across the school district were awarded for their dedication and hard work
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Los Alamitos Unified School District Instagram
Mrs. Castiglione, the drama teacher for Los Alamitos High School, receiving her award.

LOS ALAMITOS, CA — This year, the Los Alamitos Unified District awarded a teacher from each school with the Teacher of the Year award. Teachers awarded were Paula Pugh, Suzanne McElderry, Tina Sudo, Michelle Anderson, Morgan Cochrane, Jennifer Holland, Evan Grandon, Brandi Amundson, Robert Harrell, and Stacy Castiglione.

“Overall, there was so much inspiration and love in that room,” Ms. Cochrane, a fourth grade Rossmoor Elementary School teacher, said.

Mrs. Cochrane receiving her award plaque. (LAUSD Instagram)

At the award ceremony on May 1, there was a catered dinner, a professional photographer with a photo booth, and decorated tables where teachers sat with friends, family, administration, and members of the district board. The awards ceremony was held at the Old Ranch Country Club, hosted by LAEF. Principals from each school gave a small speech about their chosen teacher and awarded them a personalized plaque. The district handed out gold medals to the wonderful teachers as well as gift cards.

“It was a very nice evening, and all of us felt very special,” Brandi Amundson, McAuliffe math teacher, said.

McAuliffe Mrs. Brandi with her family during the awards ceremony. (LAUSD Instagram)

Additionally, Mr. Harrel, the instrumental teacher for Oak Middle School, Ms. McElderry, the music teacher for Lee Elementary, and Mrs. Castiglione, the drama teacher for Los Alamitos High School, were all represented during the ceremony. This event gave the spotlighted teachers the chance to show off their role in changing the way students perceive the world while still exposing them to new facets of the world.

“It was extra meaningful to personally know so many of the families and administrators at the event,” Ms. McElderry said.

This event was a great opportunity for the community to recognize teachers in the district for their hard work and to show them how much LAUSD truly appreciates our teachers.

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Francesca McCall Hokama is a freshman starting her first year of journalism. She loves music from artists like Tyler The Creator, David Bowie, and Kendrick Lamar. A food she enjoys is shrimp scampi pasta from her favorite restaurant, Hoff's Hut. A subject Francesca enjoys is English. She wants to make a change and write about things that are not as known at Los Al. In her free time, you can find her riding her bike around with her friends.
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