Awards and Recognition

Our students and staff continue to do amazing things despite our school closure.  Since we cannot honor them in person and in front of a large audience, we hope others can learn about their accomplishments here.

arts recognition


One of our very talented Northwood student artists, pianist Bethany Huang, was selected to perform as part of the star-studded nationally-televised special Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020! The hour-long broadcast paid tribute to high schoolers graduating this year, featured a commencement address by President Barak Obama, and included appearances by LeBron James, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny, Yara Shahidi, Ben Platt, Lena Waithe and H.E.R., and many more! The special  aired on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as streamed online on Saturday, May 16th. CBS News featured a story about Bethany.



Heather was recognized as a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Award winner.  You can read more about her in the Irvine Community News and Views. 




Katerina was acknolwedged in the Irvine Fine Arts show article highlighting the show that was set to open the day we sheltered in place. Her mixed media “Best Foot Forward” is the story of three feet preparing for the foot pageant.  “Sometimes the most delightful part of being an observer is getting to imagine what’s not handed to you — in this case, the odd characters behind the feet,” Hanks wrote. “I love playing with ‘ugly’ and ending up somewhere more bizarre and whimsical.”  (Courtesy of Irvine Fine Arts Center)

charter oak awards

PART ONE: Aired Monday, April 13, 2020


Thank you for joining us for Part One of our Charter Oak Awards Presentation.    A copy of the presentation is available here.


PART TWO: Aired Monday, April 20, 2020

Congratulations to all of our recipients!  We are extremely proud of you and cannot wait to see you soon!  A copy of our Charter Oak Awards Presentation - Part Two is available here.

distinguished timberwolves

The Distinguished Timberwolves ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 26, at 6:00 PM.

national history day

Northwood High School will represent California at the National level for the History Day competition!  The following students will compete in the national competition:

  • Daniel Yang, Rachel Gima, and Ethan Chen for their Documentary on The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
  • Linda Zhong for her Website on the White Rose Society

pcl student athletes

The Pacific Coast League is excited to celebrate our Senior Student Athletes and our recipients of the Sportsmanship Awards. Below is a description of the awards that were given out and the recipients of those awards.

The Senior Scholar Athlete Award recognizes seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher over the course of their high school careers and have made significant contributions on the Varsity level for their respective sports. Northwood’s recipients were Astriti Dihingia, Mary King, Kathleen Overbaugh, Ashley Peters, Ethan Duong, Chris Pukstza, Nikhil Rajagopa, and Cory Stone.


The Sportsmanship Award recognizes two senior student athletes (one female, one male) per school who exhibit the following qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. This award is unique to the PCL in that it celebrates those student athletes who serve as role models and outstanding citizens both in and out of the fields of play. Northwood’s recipients were Malak Hassouna and Jaden Piazza.


The Athlete of the Year Award recognizes two senior scholar athletes from each school site who exemplify the vision and mission of the Pacific Coast League and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Northwood’s recipients were Kathleen Overbaugh and Chris Pukstza.


Attached is the program and here is a quick video (created by Sierra Wang) to celebrate these special student-athletes. Please congratulate them on this great accomplishment.

ptsa volunteer recognition

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teacher of the year 

Mr. Dickson

On May 20, our very own Mr. Dickson was named as a 2021 Orange County Teacher of the Year!  Mr. Dickson joined five other exemplary educators who were selected from a pool of 58 district-level teachers of the year and will compete for California's Teacher of the Year in the coming months.  For more information, visit the OCDE Newsroom.