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L.A. officials recognize USC Black History Month project

At a City Hall celebration, Mayor Eric Garcetti and council members hail the groundbreaking project that created the stunning banners lining Trousdale Parkway. Fifteen local high school students worked with acclaimed muralist Noni Olabisi to create custom images that capture the African-American experience.

HS students test their paper airplanes.

Paper airplanes give future engineers a “lift”

More than 100 students from STEM Academy of Boyle Heights, STEM Academy of Hollywood and Diamond Bar High School visited the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to compete in a “paper airplane” challenge—a contest bridging theoretical math and physics with a physical test: Hopeful teams plotted out their calculations to ask perennial question of aeronautical engineers everywhere: will it fly?

USC Headstart opens in Lincoln Heights

USC School for Early Childhood Education (USC SECE) has served more than 5,000 neighborhood children from 4,600 families, and this year have expanded their services to the eastern part of Los Angeles.

Nikias shares his own story and encouraging words with pupils in USC’s unique college prep program

The university president makes a surprise visit to students and families participating in the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, which helps children who live near USC get ready for college

High schooler researches alongside USC pharmacologists, locks down Harvard early

STAR program lets pupils work side by side with top scientists and grad students in USC labs

Black History Month banners reflecting the African-American experience to appear on Trousdale Parkway

Images for the banners were created by local high school students and painted by a muralist