Students Honored at Latino Students Award Ceremony
The Latino Achievement Awards Ceremony was conducted on Tuesday, March 29 in the Eagle Theatre.
Latino students were honored with awards recognizing academic achievement in English, mathematics, science, history, foreign language, school service, school spirit and leadership, top-five GPA in each grade level, scholar athlete and the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. The National Hispanic Recognition 2010-2011 Scholar was also awarded at the ceremony.
The event was jointly hosted by the LAHS Latin Student Union (LSU) and Mountain View High School’s Latino Movement.
The annual Awards Ceremony is held each year to promote academic success and celebrate Latino achievement.
“I feel like [the ceremony] is a really good way to recognize our hard work,” junior Salvador Chavez said. “I’m the first in my family to go to college, so it’s pretty much just me [in my family] trying to go ahead and show that the Latino community works as hard as any other.”
This year’s theme was sí, se puede or “yes, you can.”
The ceremony itself was a mix of performances, speaker presentations and award presentations.
The ceremony opened and closed with performances by the members of Ballet Folklórico de Carlos Morena. Another performance was given midway through the ceremony by the members of Renacer Folklórico Boliviano.
Guest speakers included the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students of UC Santa Cruz Alma Sifuentes, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Ulu Ventures Miriam Rivera, and President/CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Oscar Garcia.
The awards presentation was led by the Masters of Ceremonies. The two MCs from LAHS included LSU President senior Mari Molina and LSU Vice President senior Jose Villanueva.
Awards were presented by District Superintendent Dr. Barry Groves, MVLA Associate Superintendent Brigitte Sarraf, LAHS Principal Wynne Satterwhite and MVHS Principal Keith Moody.
A reception followed immediately afterward.