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Los Angeles Times Names "Above & Beyond" Award Winners

Nine Southland children honored for academic achievement, community service, cultural contributions

July 30, 2004

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LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2004 – Ten Southern California elementary school students were honored for their exceptional academic achievement, community service and cultural contributions with the Los Angeles Times Above & Beyond Award, which was presented Saturday, July 17, at the second annual Los Angeles Times KidCity, a free two-day outdoor educational adventure designed for children and held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The awards presentation was emceed by two-time Emmy nominee Bryan Cranston, co-star of the Fox Television series, "Malcolm in the Middle." Camille Winbush, who plays "Vanessa" on the "Bernie Mac Show" also participated in the ceremony.

Award Winners

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Award finalists, ages 7-13, were nominated by parents, teachers and community leaders who submitted 200-word essays describing their nominee's contributions. A panel of judges – composed of parents, educators and community leaders from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties – selected the winners from each of those counties.

Winners' names will be published in a congratulatory advertisement to appear in The Times. Each winner received an Above & Beyond Awards statue, four annual passes to a local amusement park and an Above & Beyond awards t-shirt.

About KidCity

Designed for children ages 7-13, KidCity is a weekend celebration of learning and literacy, and a showcase for the literary and creative arts, culture and history, science and technology, and sports. The second annual event was held July 17-18 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

KidCity featured five stages showcasing a variety of children's and family entertainment, including children's storytelling; celebrity readings; wildlife, science and martial arts demonstrations; and traditional ethnic dance and musical performances. It also included more than 50 interactive literacy, arts, science and nature demonstrations, as well as sports contests, games and recreational activities.

About the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing company, is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and the winner of 35 Pulitzer Prizes, including five this year – the second-largest yearly total in the history of the awards. The Times publishes five daily regional editions including the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange and Ventura counties, the San Fernando Valley, and an Inland Empire edition covering Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as a National edition. Additional information about The Times is available at www.latimes.com/mediacenter.