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
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
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
Consecutive Conference Championships
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
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
season also ended with five LACC players named to the
Sophomore Jay Brown
HS, GA), SCC
Co-Most Valuable Player [pictured right] and named to
the All State Team • Freshman
(Hamilton HS/Inglewood HS),
Team All Conference • Sophomore
Team All Conference • Sophomore
(Bronx Regional, NY)
Honorable Mention All Conference.
Three members of the women’s basketball team also
earned distinction last season:
Freshman guard Lynea Williams
HS / Los Angeles)
was named Co-Most Valuable Player for the South Coast
Conference. Williams shared the MVP award with
Pasadena City College’s
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.
courtesy of Mario Villegas
Making the All-South Coast
Conference Second Team were teammates Ashley Peterson
HS / Los Angeles)
and freshman point guard Diana Hernandez
HS / Los Angeles).
more updates on the Cub teams, visit
Math Team Wins Again '06-'07
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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).