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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor high school seniors from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards recipients for the Orange region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 30 local high school seniors will be honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a virtual ceremony on February 2nd, 2023.

Thirty students will be honored in various categories including:

Business & Entrepreneurship (presented by Dutch Bros Coffee) 

Gold – Sebastián Navarro – Chapel Hill, NC

Silver – Ximena Salinas-Ayala – Monroe, NC

Bronze – Nicole Wiggins – Auburn, AL

Community Service (presented by Colgate-Palmolive)

Gold – Ashley Silva Martínez – Winston-Salem, NC

Silver –Carolina Fontánez– Metairie, LA

Bronze – Jennifer Guevara – Metairie, LA

Education (presented by Southwest Airlines)

Gold – Javier Rodríguez – Bluffton, SC

Silver – Chaley Robb – Monetta, SC

Bronze – Amber Ramírez – Beechgrove, TN

Engineering (presented by HHF)  

Gold – Byren Hernández – Charlotte, NC

Silver – Isabella Stamato – Florence, SC

Bronze – Isaac León – Marrero, LA

Healthcare & Science (presented by CVS Health)

Gold – Allison Delgado – Winston-Salem, NC

Silver – Hannah Evans – Madison, AL

Bronze – Alan Morales – Conover, NC

Media & Entertainment (presented by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Gold – Aidan Quintana – Davidson, NC

Silver – Kyla Foreman-Andrade – Harrisburg, NC

Bronze – Saul Sosa – Springdale, AR

Public Service & Social Justice (presented by Nike)  

Gold – Sabrina Ferrer – Lakeland, TN

Silver – Sherlyn Ramos – Greenville, SC

Bronze – Keegan Figueroa – Mooreville, MS

Sports & Fitness (presented by NFL)

Gold – Sydney Young – Shreveport, LA

Silver – Christopher Mendez Ulloa – Durham, NC

Bronze – Sanders Zendejas León – Gastonia, NC

Sustainability (presented by Coca-Cola)

Gold – Kimberly Leiva-Sorto – Raleigh, NC

Silver – Nicole Beltrán-Trejo – Hickory, NC

Bronze – Hailey Rodríguez – Angier, NC

Technology (presented by T-Mobile)

Gold- Jimmy Saldana – Charlotte, NC

Silver- Anthony Holleran – Tamassee, SC

Bronze- Ally Zendejas – Concord, NC

Other supporters of the Youth Awards include the American Federation of Teachers, Capital Wire, Crowell & Moring, Es Tiempo, Freddie Mac, Mastercard, Teach for America, and Wells Fargo.

Actor and singer, Michael Cimino, star of Hulu’s “Love, Victor,” will be hosting the  virtual ceremony in which three students per category will be honored with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallions. After the Youth Awards ceremonies conclude, one national recipient per category will be recognized and celebrated at the National Youth Awards ceremony. To follow the Youth Awards virtual ceremonies online, use the hashtag #YA24. Please visit to register.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of leadership, academic excellence and social impact of past recipients,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States and we are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population. We’re in good hands as a community and as a country with these outstanding young leaders going forward.”

Thousands of high school students, from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, apply annually  to the Youth Awards, which is the main feeder to LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Leadership Institute (LLI), an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture, and social justice led in partnership by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Trinity University. The Youth Awardees and the applicants will also be funneled into the LOFT Network with access to mentors, resources, networking, workshops, symposia, summits, Charlas, and internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 Companies.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Youth Awards

HHF’s mission focuses on education, workforce, social impact, and identity and culture through the lens of leadership. Through HHF’s 24-year-old Youth Awards program, tens of thousands of high-achieving Latinx high school students have been recognized and received more than five million dollars to support their education, ideas or projects.  Once they are vetted through the Youth Awards, alumni are connected to a larger network providing mentors, programs, and career path opportunities through the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program throughout college, grad school and into their careers.

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