Project Tomorrow Logo

The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Youth Leadership Summit

For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2018
Download PDF of Press Release

Amber Taylor

Students from Santa Ana, Orange and Grossmont Schools Win 2018 Regional Competitions

State-wide winners announced later this month

Orange, Calif. – High school students from Santa Ana, Orange and Grossmont have been named this year’s Southern California Regional Winners of the 2018 Educators Rising California competitions. The local winners were announced today at the Southern California Tomorrow’s Teachers Conference held at Santiago Canyon College.

Educators Rising California state competitions provide students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills, as well as their knowledge and skills related to future careers in education. This year, students submitted entries in the Creative Lecture, Children’s Literature K-3 and STEM Lesson Planning and Delivery categories.

The state-level winners, who will be eligible for the national Educators Rising competition this summer, will be announced at the Central California Conference on Friday March 23rd in Fresno.
Creative Lecture
The Creative Lecture Competition offers ambitious, fearless, bold-thinking students a platform for sharing their ideas in a format that has been embraced by intellectual society, a student TED Talk. The topic for the 2018 Creative Lecture Competition is equity.

  • 1st Place - Luis Diaz, Century High School, Santa Ana Unified School District
  • 2nd Place - Paige Lopez, Esperanza High School, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
  • 3rd Place - Johnny Bader, Canyon High School, Orange Unified School District

Children’s Literature K-3
This competition challenges students to think of themselves as teachers and storytellers to create an original book, written and illustrated, for a kindergarten-through-third grade audience. The premise of the competition is that children’s book authors — like educators — help young people understand inner truths and to make sense of the world.

  • 1st Place - “The Caterpillar Who Flew” by Brittaney Navarro and Ana Mendoza, El Modena High School, Orange Unified School District
  • 2nd Place - “You’re Always My Angel” by Elizabeth Raburn and Elisa Garcia, El Modena High School, Orange Unified School District
  • 3rd Place - “Little Chick” by Jenna Flores, Canyon High School, Orange Unified School District

STEM Lesson Plan and Delivery
This competition challenges young educators to plan and deliver a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) lesson of their choosing to an actual classroom of students. Students had to submit a written lesson plan, a short video of their classroom delivery and a reflection piece on what was learned from the experience that will help him/her become a better teacher.

  • 1st Place - “Lego Bridges” by Paige Telliard, Grossmont High School, Grossmont Union High School District
  • 2nd Place - “The Shocking World of Static Electricity” by Bryn Harper, Esperanza High School, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
  • 3rd Place - “Extreme Weather” by Jordan Alders, Kendall Dodd, Verania Garnica , Carea Phillips, Andrew Woolfrey, Canyon High School, Orange Unified School District

Each year, Project Tomorrow, which runs the state of California’s Educators Rising affiliate, invites California's best and brightest high school students to a full-day, and interactive, conference for students who are interested in education and child care careers. Each conference includes student workshops, a panel discussion with college/university students in the education career pathway, sessions with college professors and current K-12 teachers, a college fair and more.

About Educators Rising California
Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. Educators Rising is a national network of students and teacher leaders who are inspired and excited by the teaching profession. Educators Rising California is the state affiliate, run by Project Tomorrow.