Story and Photo by Pat Krause
CATHEDRAL CITY – The Palm Springs Leadership Association held their Every Student Succeeding 2013 awards at the James Workman Middle School in Cathedral City on Jan. 10. Twenty-three children were given awards in excellence for overcoming extreme obstacles. One child was chosen from local schools in the Valley. PSLA President Jane Mills presented the awards in the gym in front of family, teachers and friends.
These children have overcome illnesses, emotional and physical problems, family troubles and losses. Each child has proven they have integrity, courage, leadership, positive attitudes and have maintained or earned high marks in school despite all these difficult times.
The PSLA Charter winner was Liliana Delgado from Desert Hot Springs who has been in a wheelchair most of her life as she was injured in a car accident when she was just 27 days old. Jeremiah Elliot also from Desert Hot Springs was diagnosed with cancer and is now cancer free. He got an “Every Child Succeeding Award” and both hope to attend college. Elliot’s mother, Tanica Grissett, allowed him to stay with his grandparents James and Bernadine Grissett for his cancer treatments during his last two school years
The Palm Springs Leadership Association (comprised of PSUSD administrators and managers) honored a student from each of the District’s elementary, middle and high school, who have been nominated by their school principal for success amidst one or more significant obstacles or challenges. One of the honorees will be the PSLA pick to compete for a scholarship being awarded by the Region IX Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) chapter.