Weekly roundup: Tustin grad with perfect attendance wins a new car, Santa Ana launches mental health resource, and more

Beckman High School alumna Sydney Deng at Tustin Toyota
Sydney Deng, a recent Beckman High School grad, picked up a brand new car from Tustin Toyota after being selected as the 2023 Drive for Student Engagement program winner. (Courtesy of Tustin Unified)

A recent graduate of Beckman High School who was named the winner of Tustin Toyota’s 2023 Drive for Student Engagement program picked up her brand new car this week.

The dealership partnered with the Tustin Unified School District ten years ago to establish the program which aims to highlight high school seniors who model their dedication to academics through active engagement, consistent work performance and attendance.

Sydney’s name was randomly drawn in May at a district board meeting. While her school site was made public, her name wasn’t disclosed until Beckman High’s commencement ceremony in June.

Beckman High grad wins Tustin Toyota program

“We are grateful to community partners like Tustin Toyota for their continued support of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnson. “We are fortunate to be a part of a community that wraps its arms around our students, providing extraordinary incentives for our kids to connect to school.”

The program is open to all seniors across the district when each new school year begins. By May, there were 425 students who remained on the eligibility list.

Sydney was accompanied by her mother, principal and Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnson when the alumna picked up her brand new 2023 Toyota Corolla.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:

  • The Santa Ana Unified School District launched a “We Care” campaign, which aims to make students more comfortable seeking mental health assistance, increasing awareness of the warning signs of suicidal ideation and sending a message of hope and care to the whole school community.
GGUSD Los Amigos High School new athletic facility
  • Roosevelt Elementary welcomed more than 600 students and crews from multiple TV news and print media agencies to its first day of the 2023-24 school year.
  • Edison High School’s football team issued a message of support and sympathy for the residents of Maui after wildfires ravaged through the Hawaiian island. The Huntington Beach team had plans to start the 2023 season on the island with back-to-back games.
  • On Tuesday, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education voted to pull its membership from the California School Boards Association and denied California Republic Leadership Academy’s request to start a charter campus in the district, as the OC Register reported.

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