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Los Angeles- The Office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo hosts an awards ceremony for the second Annual Hi Res High School Photo Competition winners. Students documented "What Is Your New Normal" during COVID-19. On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the award ceremony is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Academia Avance Charter School. 115 N. Ave 53, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

"I created the High Res photo competition last year so District One high school students could compete online during the pandemic," stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. "The theme was "How Has COVID-19 Changed Your Life?" and we received hundreds of entries. This year, participating local high schools expanded from six to 11. The High Res 2021 theme was "What Is Your New Normal?" and students again responded enthusiastically."

Students in all grades were invited to submit one image – black and white or color, shot on any camera – exploring their new normal during the coronavirus with their families, friends, classes, and communities. There were no entry fees.

This year, the eleven high schools that participated are Lincoln High, Franklin High, Cortines School of Visual Arts, Contreras Learning Complex, West Adams Prep, Loyola High, Sacred Heart High, Cathedral High, University Value Prep, L.A. Leadership Academy, and Academia Avance. Eight judges chose the top three submissions from each school. Victor Aleman, the editor of Vida Nueva for nearly 30 years, judged submissions from Academia Avance. The other judges were Luis C. Garza, Gary Leonard, Al Strange, Martha Benedict, Yoon Sul, Amy Inouye, and Bob Riha.

All 11 first-place submissions and the judges' bios are in our 2022 calendar. (PDF attached). Carolyn Cole chose the top three districtwide submissions from the 11 "local" winners. Cole is an L.A. Times photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner. Here is what she said about Yovanny Martinez's First Place image (picture attached). "Loneliness is something we have all felt since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Yovanny's picture made me feel that loneliness by making the subject very small and distant. The image has a good composition that leads your eye into the picture as the cliff curves around from the right to the center, where the person is standing. And finally, the use of black and white instead of color reflects the mood. It's important that we can convey emotion through photography, and this image best exemplifies feelings of loneliness."

Councilmember Gil Cedillo represents the First Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico-Union, Harvard Heights, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities, and MacArthur Park.

Posted 4/5/22
Principal's Message

Mr. Gonzalez"Welcome! I am Mr. Ricardo Gonzalez and I serve as the principal for the high school. I have been part of the Avance family for 13 years, serving as a tutor, teacher, coach, athletic director, instructional coach and now, my current position. As always, we are committed to teaching the whole child by narrowing the achievement, opportunity and technology gaps, and building character within a restorative justice paradigm. Culture and engagement are the key points for our current team as we work to build a school community that is inclusive and prioritizes student success and development above all else. Social, emotional and mental well-being is the top priority as we educate your child in an ever changing world.

As we return to school in the midst of a pandemic, our number one priority is the safety of all our stakeholders. We will work tirelessly to ensure all students, staff and Avance family have the resources, support and knowledge of how to protect themselves and their family. We will continue to collaborate to ensure we serve our students in an ever changing climate along with providing a college preparatory education. Vamos Guerreros!"


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