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PEACE Annual Fundraiser

Bethune Celebration December, 2015

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Service Learning Opportunities

Join a Millikan Club

PEACE Tailgate
Peace Tailgate Party
Vietnam Veteran and Agent Orange Widows Awareness Coalition Present to Juniors
Vietnam war education visit
Intro to Law Students Visit Loyola Marymount Law School
Marymount Visits
PEACE Teachers Visit Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Trip
PEACE Seniors Present Their ELEVATE Project @ Whittier College
Whittier College Trip
PEACE Students Participate in Dr. King March in LB
PEACE Students Participate in Dr. King March in LB
A Judge Works with the Mock Trial Team to Prepare for Court
A Judge Works with the Mock Trial Team to Prepare for Court

PEACE Academy

Legal and Government Service Pathway

Using Law and Government to be Advocates of Social Justice and Equity


Be The Change
10th Grade PEACE Heifer International Finalists
10th Grade PEACE Heifer International Finalists

PEACE Ten Graders from Mrs. Frapwell's Class Present to LB Education Foundation Board of Directors

Story by Elle Simon (Current 11th grader)


     For my sophomore year PEACE class we were given the task to create a fundraiser that would make money to donate to the Heifer Foundation. The goal and purpose of this foundation is to empower families and communities and to take them out of hunger and poverty.  The money donated provides families all over the world livestock in which goes beyond the original gift by giving them the training to sustain themselves as well on how to use those animals to their advantage by selling and trading goods. This creates a ripple effect on the family, community and the world.


     After making over $2000 dollars in T-shirt sales we were told that we were not able to donate this money to Heifer International and was to be used for school purposes and the Long Beach community. Our PEACE faculty and my team were very confused by this because in our program, it’s to serve the community and to donate your time serving others. We quickly arranged a meeting with the Long Beach Education Foundation Board of Directors to try and convince them of how meaningful of a project this was to us as well as to these families. We wanted to show them that we could go beyond helping Long Beach communities and touch the lives of people on the other side of the world or people across the United States. Our team of five students very quickly persuaded them by sharing how it impacted our lives and how passionate we had become over the course and time we put into the project.


     I am so glad to have been able to be apart of such an amazing group of people that pushed through many drawbacks to reach such an achievement. The Heifer Project made me realize how much more involved I want to be in helping others not for just the grade but to see how you can have an impact even just a few lives. Even talking to the Board of Directors helped me to become a better public speaker and to have more confidence when it comes to things I’m passionate about.

PEACE Academy Linked Learning Certification
PEACE Academy Linked Learning Certification

PEACE Academy Linked Learning Certification

ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career honored the PEACE Academy with Linked Learning Certification.  They state that the PEACE Academy "prepares students for college and career through a high-quality pathway that engages students in challenging academic and technical learning."

Intro to Law Students Visit Loyola Marymount Law School
Into to Law Students Visit Loyola Marymount Law School
Loyola Law Scchool trip

The field trip to Loyola Law School taught me a lot about what it’s like to be in the field of law.  Hearing from professors and current students was extremely informative.  Being able to speak with law students made me really think a lot about what it could be like for me to pursue my interests in law.  Hearing from the admissions department helped me learn about the entrance requirements of law school and how to better my chances of being accepted into law school.  


The professors were very encouraging.  They explained in detail how everyone had the ability to go to law school. Even though law school might seem out of reach for many people, they stressed that motivation is a key to success.  We were asked questions about court cases and were questioned about our answers, even if we were right.  They simulated what it would be like to be questioned by a judge and be a trial attorney.  Everything is questioned in court.


I absolutely loved seeing the actual environment of what law school could look like.  This was a very interesting experience. While I’ve visited multiple college campuses before, I’d never been to a law school.  It really gave me a feel of what it would be like to study in a situation like that.  I loved getting to talk with some of the students currently attending the school, because they answered in great detail some questions I personally wanted to have answered.  What was very beneficial was when they explained their own personal struggles but how they’d been able to overcome the obstacles and learn from them.  I was able to relate that to what I struggle most with in school now, and foresee what struggles lay ahead.  Overall I found this field trip to be very interesting and informative so I'm very glad I went, as I got a lot out of it, and I could tell other students did as well.


Written by a current Into to Law Student N.L.

PEACE Students Participate in the Los Angeles Mock Trial Competition
PEACE Students Participate in the Los Angeles Mock Trial Competition
Negotiations visit with Whittier College

Seniors Take Part in the International Negotiations Project Run Through Whittier College

Mrs. Frosts Senior Negotiators Debate @ the Global Forum
Mrs. Frosts Senior Negotiators
Seniors Debate @ the Global Forum
PEACE Senior Chloe Robinson Breaks Gender Roles
PEACE Senior Chloe Robinson Breaks Gender Roles

Story by Sara Steichen of the Corydon Newspaper:


Despite recent changes to improve gender riles, football is still widely known as a male-dominated sport.  Nonetheless, women are still making a name for themselves on the field. 


Chloe Robinson is a PEACE senior who began her high school career @ Millikan playing soccer.  She was unstoppable when it came to corner and free kicks, so she decided to put her talents toward something new.  "I've always loved kicking a ball around," says Robinson.


It is safe to say that Millikan student body is very happy she made that decision.  She became the first female football player for Millikan to score a point on Wednesday, August 30th @ the first game of the season.


Robinson is on the first string of kickers for the junior varsity, and second string for varsity.  She mentioned that she enjoys playing for both teams.  She is also now training as a running back.


"Like having a transgender prom queen last year having people break barriers in any capacity sends a great message," says Principal Michael Navia, regarding Chloe Robinson's success.


When Robinson was asked if she feels this will change the culture of Millikan, she said that she would be pleased if it did, however she added, "I just did it for myself."


Navia wonders if Robinson, as a member of the team, feels like she has "fifty older brothers."



The PEACE Academy  Offerings Encompass Civil, Human Rights College and Career Pathways

By Lee Underwood

PEACE Academy Philosophy Teacher

The PEACE Academy at Millikan High School is set to increase by four its 2016 course offerings in what is an already stellar academic program. This addition of CTE Pathway courses is part of an Academy wide push to increase student preparation and involvement in the professional world outside of the classroom and transform passion into action.

The classes include Introduction to Social Justice for 9th graders, Current Affairs & International Relations for 10th graders, Introduction to Law and Mock Trial for 11thgraders, and Journey for Justice for 12th graders.

The new class offerings create a dual path course of study, where students can choose to align their particular passion for either Civics and Law or Human Rights.  With this new approach, student who choose to focus his or her academic interests in the Civics and Law field can take the new Introduction to Law and Mock Trial during their 11th grade year and Journey for Justice in 12th grade. Students who choose to align their focus to the Human Rights fields can take AP Psychology or regular Psychology & Sociology their 11th grade year and Philosophy & Ethics in 12th grade. Both provide a challenging course of study for students that accentuates their strengths and includes a comprehensive Senior Project that ultimately fits them with the practical and intellectual skills to find meaningful experiences in college and career.

“The PEACE academy has always motivated the students to apply their learning to real world issues, but the new course of study gives them a clearly defined road with paths leading to various destinations,” says Leslie Gombrich, PEACE Academy Co-Lead teacher and U.S. and AP U.S. History Teacher. “Social justice encompasses civil rights, environmental issues, gender rights, minority rights, animal rights, and the rights of the disadvantaged.”

The PEACE Academy at Millikan High School is known widely for its robust and rigorous academic curriculum. Students who graduate from the program will have completed complex and dynamic projects designed to find real world solutions to some of the most pressing problems affecting the global community. A graduating senior will have worked directly with local and international businesses, and civil and human rights organizations like Heifer International, the Long Beach Women’s Shelter, The Constitutional Rights Foundation, The Amy Biehl Foundation, Whittier College’s Center for Engagement with Communities, and the United Nations.

Ritmabra Jain, who teaches the PEACE Academy’s 11th Grade English class, focuses her program on the advancements of Women in Literature. She recalls her experience at a packed UCI theater to hear the Dalai Lama speak on “The Significance of Education in Advancing Universal Human Values” at The Global Compassion Summit 2015. “All I could think of is the vision PEACE Academy has for the students.  The course of study offers classes that not only challenge the students to think critically but it provokes them to think about their communities, their country, the world and the role they can play in “being the change they wish to see.”

The PEACE Academy's Human Rights and Social Responsibilty Senior Project to Welcome Amy Biehl Foundation's Linda Biehl and Ntobeko Peni for Guest Lecture

By Lee Underwood

PEACE Academy Philosophy Teacher

On October 8th, the PEACE Academy's Human Rights and Social Responsibility Senior Project will welcome Linda Biehl, Executive Director of the Amy Biehl Foundation, and Ntobeko Peni, Program Manager of the South African Amy Biehl Foundation, for an inspiring conversation on the unexpected outcomes of restorative justice. In an effort to align the PEACE Academy Linked Learning philosophy, all Peace academy students are invited to participate in the assembly.

In collaboration with Whittier College's Center for Engagement with Communities, the Amy Biehl foundation works closely with the PEACE Senior Class by providing resources and opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom.

On the 25th of August 1993, Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar working in South Africa against Apartheid, was beaten and stabbed to death in a black township near Cape Town. In 1998, the four youths convicted of her murder were granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Ntobeko Peni was one of those men.

He now works for the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, a non-profit dedicated to creating barriers to violence. Ntobeko will speak with Linda Biehl, Amy’s mother, about the possibilities of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Linda Biehl is an Alumna of Whittier College, class of '65. Together with her husband, she co-founded the Amy Biehl Foundation, which is named after her daughter Amy who was killed in an act of political mob violence in South Africa while she was there as a Fulbright Fellow. Linda and her late husband Peter turned the tragic death of their daughter into action by creating the Foundation in 1994 to keep their daughter’s passion for helping others alive. This organization has had a direct impact on the lives of the people in South Africa and in the United States, and it serves as a lasting model for social action. As a result of Amy’s involvement in South Africa, the Biehls were with Nelson Mandela when he received the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor in 1998, which congress dedicated to Amy Biehl. Linda cites that her greatest honor was receiving the O. R. Thambo Award from the South African President, Thabo Mbeki, in 2008.

The event will take place on October 8th at 9:30 a.m. in Millikan's Auditorium. For more information about the Amy Biehl Foundation, please visit Facebook Page.

Millikan PEACE Academy Teacher Leslie Gombrich Recognized as Outstanding Educator by NAACP

By Lee Underwood

PEACE Academy Philosophy Teacher

On Sunday May 17th, at the NAACP 2015 Teacher Recognition & Appreciation Program, PEACE Academy teacher Leslie Gombrich was honored for being an inspiration to her students.  She was among 15 outstanding educators from LBUSD who were commended for going above and beyond for their students to ensure that every child receives a quality education. 

“Today we will honor and recognize outstanding educators who make a difference,” Naomi Rainey, NAACP Long Beach Branch President said in a letter issued about the event. “The teachers we honor today go above and beyond for our children and youth to ensure that every child receives a quality education.”

As a founding member of the PEACE Academy, Ms. Gombrich believes that, “cultivating academic success should not come at the expense of developing an ethical individual who wants to take his / her skills and go out into the world and make it a better place.”  As a U.S. History teacher, she continues to use history of women and groups of all colors, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds to educate and empower her students to better themselves and the communities they live in. 

The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP hosts this program each year to recognize and show appreciation to teachers. They believe it is extremely important to support teachers and to promote the value of education. The NAACP also believes it is important for all stakeholders of the community to applaud teachers for work they do educating our youth so they can participate in and attain their vision of the American Dream.

Drawing inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt’s edict that “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both,” Leslie empowers her students to take advantage of learning experiences she did not get in school. “Learning about the history of women and groups of all colors, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds empowered me,” she says. “ I wanted to take these stories and experiences and bring them to the students so they too would feel empowered to better themselves and the communities they live in.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 by a group of black and white citizens. They united to respond to injustice that many Americans confronted solely because of race. The NAACP remains the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world, and continues to focus on the major efforts to increase voter empowerment, educational excellence, and individual responsibility creating economic and social pathways for developing motivated young leaders.

PEACE Academy Sophomore Anais Rocha to Participate in Prestigious Law & Trial Program at Stanford University’s School of Law

By Lee Underwood

Peace Academy Philosophy and Ethics Teacher

While most of her classmates look forward to a summer blissfully free from the trappings of the classroom and campus, 10th grade PEACE Academy Sophomore Anais Rocha is looking forward to a different kind of experience: The Intensive Law & Trial career experience at Stanford University’s School of Law

The PEACE Academy already offers unique classroom experiences in the realms of Social Justice, Government, and Legal Services, but Anais became especially interested in the theory and practice of Law after her 8th grade U.S. History class followed the 2012 presidential Election. Fueled further by the Social Justice and Humanitarian work of her Freshman and Sophomore service-learning projects, which included working closely with the global Non-profit Heifer International, she became motivated to extend her interest beyond the classroom. That’s when she found the Envision Program, a research-based authority on experiential learning programs that helps students develop the essential applied skills, behaviors and knowledge they must have for college, career and life success in the 21st century.

“I have a huge interest for law,” Anais explains. “As well as a passion for helping the world.”

To pay for tuition, which ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, Anais vigorously fund-raised through the year by selling snacks at after school events and securing donations.

Hosted by the Stanford University School of Law, the Intensive Law & Trial program provides high-achieving high school students with an exciting and interactive experience exploring the field of law, as well as being introduced to the many law careers available.

For 10 days, Anais will immerse herself in the world of Law and Law practice amidst the sprawling mission style colonnades and idyllic tranquility of one of California’s most beautiful, and rigorous, college campuses. She will work closely with High School students from all across the country and take part in simulated legal proceedings including preparing a court case, practicing the art of opening statements, and directly examining and cross-examining witnesses. By the program’s end, Anais will not only come away with an incredible depth of knowledge and experience, she will have developed her own personal mission statement to be used to set her future academic and career goals.

The Intensive Law and Trial program curriculum is endorsed by the American Mock Trial Association and is recognized as an approved program by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

For more information on the Envision Intensive Law & Trial Program at Stanford University, please visit:

Envision experience, Intensive law and trial

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Juniors @ the Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition
Mock Trial 1
Global Forum for International Negotiations
Forum for international negotiations
Mock Trial Competition
Mock Trial 2
Mock Trial 3
10th Grade Students Present Their Heifer International Project
Heifer international Project Team
Mock Trial Competition
Mock Trial 4
PEACE Students Volunteering @ the Long Beach Rescue Mission
Volunteering at the rescue mission
LB Branch of the NAACP Presents to Juniors
LB Branch of the NAACP Presents to Juniors
Juniors Volunteer with the Women's Shelter of Long Beach
Juniors Volunteer with the Women's Shelter of Long Beach
PEACE Teachers Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research
PEACE Teachers Raise Money for Breast Cancer