By Glen Starks/News Editor/@gstarksviking15
Alicia Faith Todd, who was murdered in June, was honored with a scholarship in her name from the Millikan High School C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Booster Club on Thursday, March, 10.
The Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists and Social Scientists is a partnership with the Mary Bethune School for the homeless. The first recipient of the award will be presented in June.
“She was gregarious, fearless and full of life,” said Mary Massich, a teacher at Millikan High School who taught Todd in sociology and history classes and worked with her in the C.O.M.P.A.S.S. program.
Todd, a former member of C.O.M.P.A.S.S., was attending LBCC at the time of her murder. “She had many different choices for college, but she chose LBCC to be close to the community she served,” Massich said. LBCC is also planning to honor Todd with a scholarship in her name, as is customary when someone dies when attending the college. Todd was pursuing a degree in social work.
“I couldn’t grasp what happened to Alicia, I don’t have the words for it,” Massich said, fighting back tears.
Massich spearheaded the recommendation honoring Todd. She noticed the leadership skills and compassion for children Todd had when they worked together to coordinate the annual Long Beach Memorial Hospital Children’s Clinic Beach Walk. “She went to class to educate students on the importance of the clinic in Long Beach, inspired students to become active in the event,” Massich said. “With Alicia’s help, we were able to donate almost $20,000 to the children’s clinic.” Todd completed 900 hours of community service while at Millikan and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
An uncle, Keith Thomas, said, “I knew she would be a difference maker by the time she was 9 or 10 years old, she was special.” Thomas was in attendance with other family members, friends and supporters at Fingerprints record store in Downtown Long Beach for the ceremony.
Murder suspect Tremaine Lewis, arrested in February, is facing a preliminary court proceedings in connection with Todd’s death.