Following The Valley Economic Alliance Board of Governors meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN), Economic Alliance board member and Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) President, Bill Allen recognized and presented the Steve Allen Excellence in Education award to schools, educators and and students for their exemplary character, hard work, dedication and national achievements. This award serves as a lasting testimonial to Steve Allen, a man who valued learning and spent many years focused on speaking and writing about the importance of education.
Recipients included Millikan Middle School’s science academy robotics team for their win at the Vex Robotics competition, Granada Hills Charter High School Academic Decathlon team, Agoura High School’s Studio Jazz ensemble from Las Virgenes Unified School District for their victory at the National Swing Central Jazz festival and competition, and Los Angeles Valley College’s speech and debate team for their multiple medals at the 2015 Phi Rho Pi speech and debate championship.
Diana Sanchez, Public and Community Relations Director of Van Nuys Airport presented the Innovation in Education award to Chad Bloom, music teacher and performing arts department chair of Agoura High School, sponsored by Keyboard Concepts. The Business/Education Partnership award was given to Republic Services and Robert Frost Middle School. The Champion of Education honor, presented by CSUN President Dianne Harrison went to Dr. Harry Hellenbrand, Provost, CSUN.