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2019 Superintendent’s 21st Century Award winners pose with Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews

Celebrating students ready for the 21st century


This year’s annual Superintendent’s 21st Century Award ceremony at the Google San Francisco offices on April 18 honored six graduating seniors who exemplify characteristics of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Graduate Profile.

Friends, family members and community leaders gathered to recognize the six young people leading the way in demonstrating what it means to be a student, a creator, a learner, a collaborator, and a critical thinker.

Award recipients included:

Ainsley Sanidad, Balboa High School - Ready to Think, Learn and Grow

Jaheim Tate, Independence High School - Ready to Create

Zhenyu Lin, San Francisco International High School - Ready for Career

Rebecca Cavanaugh, Phillip and Sala Burton High School - Ready to Lead

Jannelly Hernandez Umanzor, Abraham Lincoln High School - Ready to Be Their Best

Joshua Park, Lowell High School - Ready to Tackle a Changing World

“I am proud to say that this year we have been engaging hundreds of students, teachers, and school leaders to get real about what the Graduate Profile looks like, not only in 12th grade, but at 8th grade, 5th grade, and even kindergarten,” Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews told the audience. “The Graduate Profile is our vision for what what we want to be true for each and every young person that graduates from SFUSD.”

As a district, SFUSD has been working to reimagine teaching and learning practices through Vision 2025, which include closing the achievement gap among African American students through PITCH and redesigning middle grades to create universal learning experiences for middle school students. The goal is to ensure that each student at every grade level receives an education that builds all of the critical skills in the six competencies of the Graduate Profile.

During their time as students in SFUSD, the Superintendent 21st Century Awards winners have learned to have a sense of purpose and and sense of self, how to be creative, how to hone their leadership skills using empathy and collaboration, how to gain a global, local and digital identity, and how to engage in experiences that encourage them to think critically and increase their content knowledge.

In addition to celebrating the student winners, teachers, counselors, family members and community leaders who have helped each of the graduates prepare for the next phase of their lives were recognized in individual video presentations before students received their awards.