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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor high school seniors from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York

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Visit 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 Red region, which includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 30 local high school seniors will be honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a virtual ceremony on January 31st, 2023.

Thirty students will be honored in various categories including:

Business & Entrepreneurship (presented by Dutch Bros Coffee) 

Gold – Juan Lucas McCarthy – Brooklyn, NY

Silver – Angelina Fermín – Brooklyn, NY

Bronze – Pedro Ferreira – New York, NY

Community Service (presented by Colgate-Palmolive)

Gold – Rami Kenawi – Flushing, NY

Silver –Sierra Cortes– Morris, CT

Bronze – Dylan Mondrus – Weston, CT

Education (presented by Southwest Airlines)

Gold – Daniela Acuña – Boston, MA

Silver – Briana Becerra – New Rochelle, NY

Bronze – Joselyn Paucar – Woodside, NY

Engineering (presented by HHF)  

Gold – Iris Guzmán De León – Lynn, MA

Silver – Jovanny Aguilar – Cornwall, NY

Bronze – Helena Uceda – Bronx, NY

Healthcare & Science (presented by CVS Health)

Gold – Andrea López Abarca – Lynn, MA

Silver – Sofía Nwosu – Monroe, CT

Bronze – Gissell Villatoro – Hempstead, NY

Media & Entertainment (presented by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Gold – David Pagán – Forest Hills, NY

Silver – Massimo Soto – Pleasantville, NY

Bronze – Antoine Chisholm – Hartford, CT

Public Service & Social Justice (presented by Nike)  

Gold – Julián Reyes – Brooklyn, NY

Silver – Debbie Atahualpa – New Hyde Park, NY

Bronze – Cailee Andreorio – Endicott, NY

Sports & Fitness (presented by NFL)

Gold – Dylan Hooshi – Old Westbury, NY

Silver – Adam Díaz – New York, NY

Bronze – Diana Cavalieri – Staten Island, NY

Sustainability (presented by Coca-Cola)

Gold – Melissa Suquisupa – Ossining, NY

Silver – Gabriela Mendoza – Saint Albans, NY

Bronze – Alana Kramer Gómez – Jamaica Plain, MA

Technology (presented by T-Mobile)

Gold- Federico Barrera – Madison, CT

Silver- Leandro Romo – Medfield, MA

Bronze- Ángel Uraga – Bronx, NY

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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