LACC Stars:
75 Years and Counting...

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For more than 75 years, Los Angeles City College has been launching stars into every professional area--including entertainment, health care, science and technology, politics, education, and more. Our alumni include front-line personnel, business and community leaders, a Who’s Who of entertainment industry professionals (both in front of and behind the camera), professional athletes, and even Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners.

It is our committed faculty and supportive student services personnel who aid our students in reaching their university transfer, career training, and personal enrichment goals.

This page provides short updates on the accomplishments of just some of our rising stars…




Accomplished Tokyo Musician Springboards from LACC to USC
LA City College music student Akiko Ando was recently honored by the college’s music department as the 2006 Honors Auditions Winner. A classical piano student, Ms. Ando attended LACC for the past three years where she received more than a dozen awards and honors.  She was recently accepted to transfer to USC’s School of Music to study piano performance. Her goal is to obtain her Ph.D. in music and to teach piano at the college level.

“I am very pleased to have attended LACC,” she said. “The college has great teachers.  And I especially enjoyed my music classes, such as music theory and orchestration, which helped to round out my music knowledge.  I was also able to improve my English at LACC.”
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Ando started playing the piano at the age of four. Upon receiving a degree in music at Tokyo Junshin College, she moved to Los Angeles, where she continues her studies. She is currently studying under Dr. Jacqueline Petitto and Dr. Christopher Weldon. She has participated in festivals in Tokyo, New York, and Stockholm, and made special guest appearances in concerts around California.

At LACC she performed at numerous college events, including the college’s 75th Anniversary

Photo: Akiko Ando

ceremony and for several music honors programs. She also performed at the Summit Music Festival in New York in 1995, and the Sweden International Piano Symposium in Stockholm in 1988.
During the past three years at the college, she received several president’s distinguished honor awards, performance audition awards, a jazz band scholarship, and an outstanding service award. At the recent music awards ceremony she performed Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in A Minor.
(Story provided by Fred Piegonski, Assist. to Pres.)

LACC Dance Recitals                                                                                                        CLICK FOR PHOTOS
Dance Recital

Just before the Fall finals, LACC's dance student had the chance to strut their stuff in an evening dance performance held in the Camino Theater and a less formal exhibition held in the Women's Gym. Dance pieces included faculty and student choreography and used dancers of every level from beginning to intermediate. These showcases are held each semester.

For more information on the Dance Program, visit the Women's Gym, call (323) 953-4000 ext. 2866 or see the current dance offerings in the online schedule.


Basketball:  14 Consecutive Conference Championships  
LACC Coach Mike Miller
      Coach Mike Miller

For the 14th consecutive year, the LACC Men’s Basketball Team took the South Coast Conference Championship. This achievement set a college basketball record. No other college men’s program  has ever won 14 consecutive conference championships. City’s 2005-2006 SCC Championship tied the former all-time record of 13 championships with Pac-10 power UCLA. The Cubs record is distinguished from UCLA in that four different coaches participated in UCLA’s consecutive titles. The Cubs have been under the same head coach, Mike Miller, throughout their winning streak.
Another milestone for the team this season was coach Miller’s 500th career win as a head basketball coach. Miller was named head coach in 1992. He has been honored as “Coach of the Year” 16 times in his 18 seasons as a head coach at both the high school and junior college levels. He is most proud of matriculating over 60 players to NCAA Division I institutions.

The season also ended with five LACC players named to the All-Conference team:
Sophomore Jay Brown (
Griffin HS, GA), SCC Co-Most Valuable Player [pictured right] and named to the All State Team •  Freshman Eric Nelson (Hamilton HS/Inglewood HS), First Team All Conference  •  Sophomore Treyvon Johnson (Inglewood HS), Second Team All Conference  •  Sophomore Perry Baggett (Crenshaw HS/Los Angeles) & Sophomore Rudy Smith (Bronx Regional, NY) Honorable Mention All Conference.
Three members of the women’s basketball team also earned distinction last season:
Freshman guard Lynea Williams (Crenshaw HS / Los Angeles) was named Co-Most Valuable Player for the South Coast Conference. Williams shared the MVP award with Pasadena City College’s Jeanine Deno, who was also named State Player of the Year from the Southern California Region.
Williams finished the regular season averaging 17.7 points per game – the second highest scoring average in the South Coast Conference. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.

Jay Brown

Photo courtesy of Mario Villegas

Making the All-South Coast Conference Second Team were teammates Ashley Peterson (Taft HS / Los Angeles) and freshman point guard Diana Hernandez (Dorsey HS / Los Angeles).
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Math Team Wins Again '06-'07   
Math Team Member Photo

The LACC Mathematics Club Team has placed Number One nationally among over 200 competing two-year colleges in the 2006-2007 AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) contest. LACC Mathematics students Tedrick Leung and Ramina Davidson took 1st and 14th place overall individually. Tedrick received a $3,000 scholarship from AMATYC and will transfer to MIT in Fall 2007.

2005-2006 SEASON:
Students in Los Angeles City College’s Math Club had the distinction of taking second place in the national American Mathematics Association of Two Year College’s math competition for 2005-2006, in which 8,000 students competed from 168 colleges nationwide. Two years ago LACC took first place in the competition and three years ago it placed third. All in all, LACC has ranked consistently in the top 20 for the past five years.

The LACC students who helped LACC achieve the current honor include Jeong Min Seong (tied for first), Dongwook Kim (16th) and Jin Kang (20th). These students placed in the top 40 students competing. Seong and Kim were members of the first-place award winning team two years ago...
Congratulations to Math Professor Anatoliy Nikolaychuk, LACC Math Club advisor and coach, and to the students who competed. For more information on the club, contact Professor Nikolaychuk at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2822.
LACC Debate Team 5th in Nation! 
Debate Team Photo

It was announced at the 2007 Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) championship tournament in Texas, that LACC finished 5th in the nation among community colleges participating in policy debate.

The 2005-2006 Debate season was one of the best on record for LACC.
 The outstanding highlights of this season were produced by the team of Emily Mullen and Juan Moran who accomplished two major feats. The first came at the Franklin Shirley Classic debate tournament at Wake Forest University in where they defeated Stanford University.

The second major accomplishment was when they won the Junior Varsity State Championship defeating San Francisco State University to win the title.

Over the last 10-15 years LACC debaters have been recruited and offered scholarships by some of the top colleges and universities in the country. LACC is one of only 2-3 community colleges in Southern California that sponsors a policy debate program. According to program director Ken Sherwood, “Debating in college is one of the most important activities in which a student can participate. Particularly, students who want to attend law school or graduate school, will benefit from debating in college. Having debate experience is often a major factor in admissions to law schools and graduate programs and often leads to significant scholarship opportunities in grad school as well.”

Collegian Staff Wins Awards

The reporters for the Collegian, the LACC student newspaper, won 10 awards at the 2007 Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention, including 2 for graphic artist Beatrice Alcala and top honors for former editor-in-chief Jacob Hancock (now at Brigham Young University).


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