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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards to honor high school seniors from Hawaii and Puerto Rico

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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 Tan Region, which includes Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Local high school seniors will be honored for their leadership in the classroom and community during a virtual ceremony on February 25th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (Hawaii) – 7:00 p.m. (Puerto Rico).

30 students will be honored in various categories including:

Business & Entrepreneurship (presented by Dutch Bros Coffee) 

Gold – Gabriel Castro – San Juan, PR

Silver – Esteban Garcia Ayala – Trujillo Alto, PR

Bronze – Ricardo Aponte – Carolina, PR

Community Service (presented by Colgate-Palmolive)

Gold – Valeria Diaz – Caguas, PR

Silver – Sara de Angel – Caguas, PR

Bronze – Kristina Robinson-Soler – Vega Baja, PR

Education (presented by Southwest Airlines)

Gold – Marina Paulis-Rivas – San Juan, PR

Silver – Ana Cruz – San Juan, PR

Bronze – Juleisy Berrios Garcia – Humacao, PR

Engineering (presented by HHF)  

Gold – Fabian Martinez Santiago, Gurabo, PR

Silver – Gabriela Molina – Gurabo, PR

Bronze – Fabian Agosto – Cayey, PR

Healthcare & Science (presented by CVS Health)

Gold – Sofia Encarnación Burgos– Cayey, PR

Silver – Chancen Law – Kaneohe, HI

Bronze – Juan Arill – San Juan, PR

Media & Entertainment (presented by Comcast NBCUniversal/Telemundo)

Gold – Camila Ruiz Gonzalez – Carolina, PR

Silver – Juliana Santiago Batista – Carolina, PR

Bronze – Mauricio Luengo – San Juan, PR

Public Service & Social Justice (presented by Nike)  

Gold – Fabiola Ferrer – San Juan, PR

Silver – Eduardo Adriano – Caguas, PR

Bronze – Alejandra Caban – Moca, PR

Sports & Fitness (presented by NFL)

Gold – Ramon Rosado – Guaynabo, PR

Silver – Andrea Santos – Guaynabo, PR

Bronze – Dakoda Keni – Kahuku, HI

Sustainability (presented by Coca-Cola)

Gold – Adriana Soto – Cabo Rojo, PR

Silver – Ailiani Emmanuelli-Ramirez – San Lorenzo, PR

Bronze – Belimar Davila – Caguas, PR

Technology (presented by T-Mobile)

Gold- Maria Andreu – Guaynabo, PR

Silver- Martin Fantauzzi – San Juan, PR

Bronze- Paula Perez – Caguas, PR

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. Visit Follow HHF on Facebook , InstagramTwitterand TikTok






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