Penza school 56 was named after AleksandrSamokutyayev, Hero of Russia, and space pilot. This decision was made on April 29 by Penza Oblast Legislative Assembly deputies on the initiative of the educational institution's staff, which was supported by the Penza Administration.
"The Penza Oblast is proud of AleksandrSamokutyayev! This event is significant for the whole region. In addition, he is a member of the Russian Geographical Society since 2011 and provides its regional branch with comprehensive assistance and support", - Igor Pantyushov, Chairman of the RGS Penza regional branch, said.
AleksandrSamokutyayev addressed Penza citizens with a video message: "Dear countrymen! I sincerely thank my school's parents, children and teaching staff for doing me such honour! I am also thankful to Governor Ivan Belozertsev and Legislative Assembly members who supported the initiative of the school staff. I am proud of my fellow countrymen, my hometown's success and talented young people's achievements. Today, the region's and Russia's present and future depend on each of us, on our work, initiatives and civic responsibility. I sincerely wish the Penza Oblast residents good health, success in all your endeavors, happiness and prosperity! Always yours, AleksandrSamokutyayev".
Secondary school 75/62 was named after Andrei Merenyashev (1919-1944), Hero of the Soviet Union and a native of settlement Veselovka. He was titled Hero with awarding the order of Lenin and Gold Star medal by the decree of the USSR Supreme Soviet Presidium dating January 10, 1944, "for exemplary performance of command assignments at the front against the German invaders and for displaying courage and heroism". The commander of the machine gun company captain Merenyashevwas killed in action on January 25, 1944, buried in a mass grave in the village of Fedyukivka, LysiankaRaion, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine.
Secondary school 26 was named after Valentina Grizodubova (1909-1993), Hero of the Soviet Union, a famous pilot, the Penza school of instructors graduate. In 1937 she set five world aviation records for altitude, speed and range on Yakovlev UT-1, UT-2 and AIR-12 aircrafts. During the Great Patriotic War she commanded the 101st long-range aviation regiment, since October 1943 she was commander of the 31st guards bomber aviation regiment. V. Grizodubova flew about 200 combat missions. Honorary citizen of Penza.
Also during the session, a decision was made to name secondary school 1 in Belinsky, Penza Oblast, after Vissarion Belinsky, the literary and theatre critic, historian and theorist of literature and art, publicist. Belinsky spent his childhood and youth in Chembar, as the town of Belinsky was called until 1948. The initiative to name the educational institution after the famous literary man was made by the school's staff, which was supported by the deputies of the Assembly of the town and the Belinsky district.