More than 400 people, including students, teachers, their families, and community leaders are expected to attend the ceremony honoring some of the state’s brightest and most talented Hispanic students.
Since 1979, the program has been recognizing the outstanding performance of Hispanic middle and high school students from across the State. The Hispanic Student Recognition Program inspires pride in the Latino community and encourages families and community members to support students in pursuit of greater educational opportunities.
High school students receive awards in the areas of academics, school and community service, athletics, art, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
In addition, two students from both high school and middle school will be named the Outstanding Hispanic Students of the Year. The goal of the program is to open doors for Hispanic students, and to motivate them to work hard toward achieving their educational goals.
This year, the Hispanic Student Recognition Program’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Maria Alonso, Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Academia Antonia Alonso charter school.
Dr. Alonso is a bilingual Clinical Psychologist serving children, families, and a variety of school communities in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Maria Matos, President and CEO of the Latin American Community Center, said that, “having Dr.
Alonso as this year’s Keynote Speaker serves as a role model and as an inspiration to many of our young students, especially Latinas. Providing this recognition to these deserving youth is very important to the values we believe in at Latin American Community Center.”