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VARIOUS HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS WON BY STUDENTS IN OUR AREA 

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Twelve area high school seniors of Latino heritage won gold or silver medallions and are regional finishers in the 2003 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.  On April 22nd these students were honored in ceremonies at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza.  Gold medallion winners received educational grants totaling $2,000 and silver winners receive $1,000 in grants.  Both gold and silver medallions were issued in each category including Mathematics, Academic Excellence, Health and Science, Leadership/Community, Service, Journalism and Sports. 

The local winners and their stories follow. 

Angelica Michelle Manzur is a 17 year old, West Catholic High School student who maintains a 4.0 grade average.  She came from Honduras with her parents at age 7.  She spoke no English.  As a volunteer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, she uses her bilingual skills to translate for doctors examining Spanish speaking patients.  Next year, Manzur will attend Cornwell University.  She will double major in English and physics.  Manzur says, "I strongly believe that my Hispanic community needs a doctor with whom they can easily communicate."  Further, she says, "I'm thinking about neurology.  I've always been interested in how the human brain works and how we think the way we do and why."  Manzur's mother is a doctor.   Manzur herself hopes to someday become a doctor too. 

Julio Nunez is an 18 year old senior at Thomas Edison High School's John C. Fareira Skills Center and maintains a 3.9 grade average.  Ever since first or second grade, he is dreamed of becoming one of the few Latino astronaut.  From the moment he watched the 1992 launch of the failed Mars Observer, it made a tremendous impact on him.  He says, "while I watched the broadcast of the space shuttle going into space, watching the flames come out of the shuttle, I started looking into astrology, space and aircraft."  Nunez also enjoys playing sports such as soccer and is in his school's wrestling team. He plans to attend Penn State University where he will study engineering.  Nunez will be the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college. 

Amanda Pacheco attends Archbishop Ryan High School and maintains a 4.0 grade average.  She participates in various school and community service programs.  She is a member of Archbishop Ryan's National Honor Society a member of Mathletes, the American Mathematics Competition and Peer Helpers.  As a native Colombian, her biggest inspiration being her father and his childhood stories of poverty in his native Columbia, Pacheco aspires to make a difference in the lives of others and, "to make the most of what life offers me," she says.  Pacheco plans to go into the medical field.   

Melinda Rodriguez maintains a 3.9 grade average at J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School.  She has an after-school job.  She participates in Community activities such as peer counseling for Project Teens.  She is part of her school's yearbook staff.  She aspires to obtain a college degree in business and dreams of some day becoming a successful entrepreneur.   

Virgen Ruiz Gonzalez, is a 3.91 grade point average student at Thomas Edison's High School's John C. Fareira Skills Center.  She is a member of the National Honor Society.  She works and is active in after school programs.  During her summers, she attends academic programs. 

Priscilla Sicard is a student at Thomas Edison's High School's John C. Fareira Skills Center.  She attributes her integrity, self-control, perseverance and fighting spirit to her Tae Kwon Do training.  She was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Health care among 110 students.  Sicard says, "I want to empower myself with an education so I can make a difference in the Latino community."  She plans to attend Penn State University. 

Joaquin Santiago, Jr. is a senior at Thomas Edison's High School's John C. Fareira Skills Center.  He has helped elderly neighbors by volunteering to make their pharmacy runs and helping others in the neighborhood.  This ultimately led him to a job at that pharmacy.  He aspires to become a radiological technologist.  He hopes to inspire other minorities to strive for higher education.  

Nina Marie Gonzalez attends Northeast High School.  At Concilio, she is a group leader of the Youth Works Program.  She enjoys playing softball and has received a certificate of recognition of  Service to the City of Philadelphia.  She aspires to become a nurse and will be the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. 

Jennifer Rivera attends Northeast High School.  She is Editor-in-chief of that school's newspaper.  Additionally, she is the morning news broadcaster for the school-based television station.  She was playwright participant in the 2003 Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival.  She is also a volunteer in the ESL program at Community College of Philadelphia. 

Darryl Irizarry a student at Thomas Edison's High School's John C. Fareira Skills Center where he excels in engineering and screenwriting.  He is a member of the National Honor Society there.  He attends a summer engineering program at the University of Southern California where he and others have designed a device for the International Space Station.  He also learned to create a screenplay script at the University of Southern California. 

Sergio Colon attends Archbishop Ryan High School where he maintains a 3.9 grade average.  He is a member of the varsity basketball team.  He has volunteered as a coach for a Spanish basketball league, as well as serving as a counselor at Archbishop's summer basketball camp.  He plans to attend Penn State where he will study engineering.

Lea Marie Pineda who maintains a 4.0 grade average at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School.  She is a member of the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams.  She is described by her basketball coach as "an incredibly gifted" student athlete "who has demonstrated on the court, in the classroom and in the community what excellence is all about." 

Congratulations for this wonderful achievement to each and every one of them! 

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