Monday, May 3, 2010

HAC awards scholarships, lifetime-achievement award

Ten School District 27J seniors were awarded scholarships during the Hispanic Advisory Committee Dinner and Silent Auction April 30.

Each of the following students will receive a $1,000 scholarship: Prairie View High School seniors Brianda Yazmin Arevalo, Chelsea Atencio and Melina Quezada; and Brighton High School seniors Miranda Anich, Vanessa Curran, Aileene Fontes, Jose Antonio Gutierrez, Ana Silva Perea, Amanda Ryland and Jasmine Streeter.

HAC is committed to the success of Hispanic students in School District 27J and sponsors a variety of activities to celebrate student accomplishments, said HAC member Magdalena DelVillar.

Brief information on each scholarship winner follows.

Maranda Anich has applied to the Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She has engaged in and enjoys, honors anatomy, physiology political science, trigonometry/pre-calculus, algebra and literature. She also has been a three-time qualifier in DECA and is a national qualifier in DECA for 2010.

Brianda Yazmin Arevalo has been accepted to Regis University and will work toward a degree in business. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Translation Club, Catering Community Service, and of Iglesia del Nazareno.

Chelsea Atencio plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado and wants to major in nursing. She is involved in “No Place for Hate” training, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers at Children’s Hospital.

Vanessa Nicole Curran has applied to the University of Northern Colorado and plans to obtain a degree in English Elementary Education. She enjoys participating as a teacher cadet, and in National Honors Society, Link Crew and varsity soccer.

Aileene Fontes has been accepted to the University of Colorado at Denver and will work toward a degree in education with an emphasis in mathematics. She is a member and vice president of the DECA and manager of the Dawg Diner.

Jose Antonio Gutierrez will attend the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He wants to obtain a degree in dentistry and/or business. He has been involved in numerous sports, DECA, Spanish/National Honors Society, and as a youth group coordinator. A teacher shared that Antonio is a hard working young man who truly cares about helping others.

Ana Silva Perea plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the field of elementary education. She is in LULAC and FCLA. Ana lists as strengths volunteering, community involvement, leadership and positive determination.

Melinda Quezada plans to attend Chaffey Community College and wants to major in education with an emphasis in English as a second language. She is involved in the STARS program and enjoys playing soccer. A teacher shared that as a bilingual and bi-literate Melinda will be a benefit to any organization in which she chooses to participate.

Amanda Rydlund will attend the University of Northern Colorado. She wants to obtain a degree in elementary education. She has been involved in National Honors Society and was editor in chief of the yearbook staff. She has volunteered as a teacher’s aide in religious education classes.

Jasmine Streeter has been accepted to University of Northern Colorado where she will pursue a degree in secondary education. She has chosen to do her community service while volunteering and supporting the librarian at North Elementary. This young lady serves as a positive role model to all.

In addition to the student scholarships, each year HAC recognizes an individual with the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Hispanic community in Brighton. This year the award was presented to Terry Lucero, School District 27J chief operations officer.

HAC member Ruth DeCrescentis said, “Terry is an example of what our graduates can achieve. He has a unique way of bringing people together, building coalitions, and working for the betterment of our school community.”

A Brighton native, Lucero is a graduate of Brighton High School. He served as mayor and, in that capacity, helped develop the Capital Facility Fee Foundation through which housing developers support educational facilities within the district.

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