American Idol Finalist Allison Iraheta To Be Honored At Tomorrow's Board Of Supervisors Meeting


Allison was the last female 2009 American Idol Finalist

WHO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will present Allison with a Board of Supervisors Scroll of Appreciation

WHAT: Seventeen-year-old, Allison Iraheta attends Green Dot’s Animo Ralph Bunche Charter School in the Second Supervisorial District. She was the only female among the final four American Idol finalists.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 9:30 AM

WHERE: L.A. County Board of Supervisors
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
Room 381 (Board Hearing Room)
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

UPDATE: New post about Allison’s appearance at the Board of Supervisors

Second District Student Needs To Raise Money After Winning Scholarship to Oxford

A Second District student needs to raise money to attend Oxford!

Crenshaw High School student Sharron Pearson won a scholarship to attend Oxford this summer but still needs to raise $2,500 to cover her expenses. To help out Sharron please contact Assistant Principal Paul Scibetta at

Read all about Sharron’s story at the L.A. Times.

UPDATE: Sharron raised enough money to attend Oxford!

VIDEO: Westchester Comets Basketball Team Honored

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honored the Westchester High School Comets’ basketball team, winners of a fifth State Division I championship, at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The Comets easily defeated McClymonds 49-31 in the title game in Sacramento. It was the school’s first state title since 2005.

Supervisor Yaroslavsky also praised the Westchester team for its accomplishments.

Student Athlete The Pride Of Compton

Steve Lopez has a moving story about Centennial High student Grovinya “Sweets” Underwood in today’s L.A. Times:

By the end of her first year on the basketball court, she’d finally stopped tripping over her own feet. By her second year, she was becoming scary good. And this past season, she was unstoppable, averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds a game as Centennial won the league championship and Sweets won the MVP award.

Meanwhile, she’s had nothing but A’s so far in her senior year, even while serving on the Compton Youth Leadership Council and as her school’s student athletic commissioner, student government leadership rep and morning PA announcer.

“We had back-to-school night and she ran the popcorn machine,” Florence says…

Sweets got so many letters and scholarship offers from colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools, she long ago lost track of the number. In November, when she signed a letter of intent to accept a full scholarship to UC Santa Barbara, she did so at Compton City Hall, with city and school officials turning it into a party.

Read the entire article.

The photo above of Grovinya “Sweets” Underwood and coach Derrick Florence is by Luis Sinco of the L.A. Times.