Outstanding Young Men Honored at Annual O.D. Williams Awards

May 8, 2017 – More than 400 parents, families, and friends attended the 57th Annual O.D. Williams Awards Ceremony at Stiern Middle School. This event honors outstanding 5th, 6th and 8th grade boys that have been nominated by school faculty on the criteria of academic achievement, leadership and citizenship. This year, 82 boys from 41 Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) schools were recognized.

Special guests included several members of the BCSD Board of Education and District Administration.  The keynote speaker of the evening was Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin, a former BCSD student and graduate of South High School and Bakersfield College. He shared with the students his own struggles as a young BCSD student until a BCSD teacher, Dr. Fred L. Haynes, encouraged him to focus and do his best to succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

The award was created in 1960 in honor of O.D. Williams who served on the BCSD Board of Education for eight years and was instrumental in the reconstruction of several BCSD schools after the earthquake of 1952.

Award recipients take their seats before the start of the ceremony.

Keynote speaker Lyle Martin, Bakersfield Chief of Police.

O.D. William’s Award recipient Isaac Mota, addresses attendees.


Mariachi band plays while guests arrive.


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