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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor high school seniors from California and Nevada

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Visit http://www.rsvpya.com/purple.html to meet and welcome the new class of Youth Awards recipients representing Latinx innovation, leadership, and impact from across the US

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards recipients for the Purple region, which includes  California and Nevada. 30 local high school seniors will be honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a virtual ceremony on March 22nd, 2022. Three students (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be honored in various categories including:

Business & Entrepreneurship (sponsored by Wells Fargo) 

Gold – DIANA PEREA – South Pasadena, CA

Silver – GUADALUPE ZAMUDIO TELLES – Fresno, CA

Bronze – DAVID VELÁSQUEZ – Alameda, CA

Community Service (sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive)

Gold – ISAI VILLANUEVA – Elk Grove, CA

Silver – DANIELA RUELAS LOMELI – Pismo Beach, CA

Bronze – LUCIA PÉREZ VALLÉS – Chula Vista , CA

Education (sponsored by Southwest Airlines)

Gold – PAULA ESCOBAR – San José, CA

Silver – ABI DUEÑAS MERCADO – Reno, NV

Bronze – THERESA VIRTO – Santa María, CA

Engineering (sponsored by HHF)  

Gold – ISABELLA HANCK – Walnut Creek, CA

Silver – SOFÍA PANTOJA – Chula Vista, CA

Bronze – GIOVANNI HERNÁNDEZ – San Mateo, CA

Healthcare & Science (sponsored by CVS Health)

Gold – IVANNA GARIBAY – Calexico, CA

Silver – BIANCA GONZÁLEZ – South San Francisco, CA

Bronze – GIA CABRAL – Los Angeles, CA

Media & Entertainment (sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Gold – ICHTACA LIRA – Hayward, CA

Silver – ISABELLA MONET MENDOZA – Concord, CA

Bronze – OLIVIA QUISPE – Pasadena, CA

Public Service & Social Justice (sponsored by Nike)  

Gold – ISABELLA MAZET – La Quinta, CA

Silver – DAVID ROBERT MAYORAL – San Pedro, CA

Bronze – AZUCENA CIBRIAN LÓPEZ – San Diego, CA

Sports & Fitness (sponsored by NFL)

Gold – TYLER ARMSTRONG – Yorba Linda, CA

Silver – LEONARDO GALINDO – San Bruno, CA

Bronze – KATELYN PETERSON – Dixon, CA

Sustainability (sponsored by Coca-Cola)

Gold – LIZBETH ZAMBRANO – Los Angeles, CA

Silver – SAMANTHA BECARIA – Cerritos, CA

Bronze – BENJAMÍN GARZA – West Covina, CA

Technology (sponsored by T-Mobile)

Gold – DIEGO TRAN – Oakland, CA

Silver – CHRISTOPHER RAYMUNDO – Redwood City, C

Bronze – AJIMELEC GONZÁLEZ – Apple Valley, CA

After the regional ceremonies conclude, one national recipient per category, for a total of 10, will be recognized and celebrated at the National Youth Awards Ceremony in person (depending on the Covid restrictions). To follow the Youth Awards virtual ceremonies online, use the hashtag #YA23. Please visit www.rsvpya.com to register.

“We are thrilled to honor and celebrate 300 Latinx outstanding young leaders, but it is also a call to action because they give our community and our nation our best hope,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors for continuing to invest in these leaders of today. Also, a big thank you to singer Ozuna who was the spokesperson for the Youth Awards promoting our applications during Hispanic Heritage Month in partnership with the NFL.”

The Youth Awards for more than two decades are the main feeder to the LOFT (Latinx On Fast Track) Leadership Institute (LLI), which is an active institution focused on leadership, workforce, community, culture, and social justice across 10 sectors (10 cohorts of 30 students bridging the end of their senior year in high school to freshman year in college) founded by Trinity University and HHF. 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

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national non-profit focused on education, workforce, social impact, and culture.  Through HHF’s 23-year-old Youth Awards program, more than 20,000 impactful Latinx high school students have been identified, celebrated, prepared, and connected across the country and provided with more than $5 million in grants for their education or for an idea or project.

Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org and follow HHF on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and TikTok

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Contact: Nicolas@HispanicHeritage.org

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