May 12, 2016 – The O.D. Williams Awards were created in 1961 in recognition of Mr. O.D. Williams for his outstanding community work as a member of the Board of Education for the Bakersfield City School District. Williams, who was a building contractor, was able to build new schools and repair others in a short amount of time after the two devastating earthquakes in 1952 destroyed some BCSD schools and damaged others. As a board member, Williams embodied the values of BCSD: Equity, integrity caring, collaboration, and personal and collective accountability.
A total of 82 students were recognized at the annual O.D. Williams Awards on May 3rd at Stiern Middle School. “I feel amazing,” said Dylan Plivelich, Harding Elementary School. I am honored to receive this award and be recognized.”
The awards ceremony was attended by hundreds of parents, BCSD representatives, and community members who were all there to congratulate the students on their achievements. “I feel very proud and very happy,” said parent Carmina Reyes. “I feel like we as parents have done our part to support our children so they can receive the best education possible.”
Each year, two students are selected from each school within the District who best embody the qualities of Williams and the values of BCSD within their academic achievement, leadership development, and citizenship. Since 1961, more than 3,000 students have received the award. BCSD congratulates and thanks these young men for their hard work and dedication to excellence.