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Local area students recognized by Regional Connector Project Management at student award luncheon.

Local area students recognized by Regional Connector Project Management at student award luncheon.

Thank you to the over 300 students that entered the TBM Naming & Art Contest. For the naming contest, students submitted original essays that best explained the significance of their proposed name and its importance to the community. For the art contest, students submitted original illustrations that envisioned their ideal communities incorporating the new Regional Connector Line. The public cast their votes for the contest winners in Summer 2016.

Student contest winners were honored by Metro and local elected officials at the Regional Connector TBM Milestone Lowering Ceremony held on October 19, 2016. Students were awarded with Metro TAP card fare sponsored by Regional Connector Constructors .

TBM Art Contest Winners

TBM Naming Contest Winners

1 st Place: Alexander Li

12 th Grade, Adolfo Camarillo High School

1st Place: Alexander Li

2 nd Place: Siena Morgan

4 th Grade, The Waverly School

2nd Place: Siena Morgan

3 rd Place: Marlah Adviento

12 th Grade, Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School

3rd Place: Marlah Adviento

1 st Place: Angeli

Windsor McInerny, 9 th Grade, Woodrow Wilson Classical High School

“Angeli” is the name I believe should be given to the Tunnel Boring Machine that will bore the tunnels for the Los Angeles Regional Connector and further Los Angeles and its growing transportation system. Angeli comes from the lost but ever so beautiful and strong language, Latin, and translated it means “angels.” As in, you’ve guessed it, the City of Angels, the same name given to our city, Los Angeles, by its founders. Because, if there is anything this city is, it is proud. The machine that will help connect Little Tokyo to the Financial District deserves a strong name, but also one that reflects us Los Angeles citizens - angels.

The Tunnel Boring Machine deserves a name that celebrates its purpose and welcomes it with open arms, to our great city. With all the Tunnel Boring Machine will do for us, let us welcome it as Angeli- the angel L.A. needs for this very difficult, but very important job that will improve our city’s transportation so much.

2 nd Place: Toph

Michelle Wong, 9 th Grade, Academia Avance Charter School

Hi! For my naming entry I decided to enter a name after a fictional character. That name would be, Toph. The name comes from the show Avatar: The Last Airbender . Toph in the show is a blind, earthbending girls that becomes one of the main characters in the show. First of all, Toph is an earthbender who hast the ability to move parts of the earth around while the TBM moves dirt around to hollow out a space. But honestly that young little girl is quite something when it comes to her intentions. The show portrayed her as a smart girl who learned to things differently with her sight gone. She taught the audience that the approval of others isn’t and will never be of her concern, because she knows who she truly is. Her true strength was hidden behind the false dainty image she set up. That’s my pick. I guess I’d end this little essay with a goodbye. Bye.

3 rd Place: Fortuna (Fortuna Redux)

John Marco Abaday, 11 th Grade, Edward Roybal Learning Center

I chose the name “Fortuna Redux” a Roman goddess who watches over all travelers. Travelers could look up to her for luck and safe trip. You can petition her for a happier, and luckier trip on the new Metro railway. She’s a goddess to look up to for good fortune within your journey.  She can also be petitioned for predictions about what is to come to your travels. Most people believe in luck or lucky charms. She could be someone to look up to for this. No matter what mode of travel you can ask for her blessings by carrying chamomile on your purse or putting an oak leaf on your shoe. She made a huge impact in Western Empire in 19 BC when she was introduced. People looked up to her for the safe return of soldiers, travelers and the Emperor.