Philadelphia – On June 7, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and the McDonald’s® Owner/Operators of the Greater Philadelphia Region recognized the accomplishments of 15 local high school seniors and recipients of the 2011 RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources® (HACER®) college scholarship at an awards celebration at the Down Town Club. The scholarship program awarded 15 – 2, $5,000 and 13, $1,000 – college scholarships to local Latino high school students for their academic achievement and community involvement. Claudia Gomez of FOX29 emceed the event and Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination for the City of Philadelphia, Richard Negrin, served as keynote speaker.
Front row pictured from left to right (followed by school and student’s hometown): Mayra Martinez, William Allen High School, Allentown, Pa.; Michelle Saul-Yamasaki, Gamp High School, Philadelphia; Katherine Mateo, Central High School, Philadelphia; Naisha Gonzalez, Community Academy of Philadelphia CS, Philadelphia; Fernanda Robles, William Tennent High School, Warminster, Pa.; Nelkisy Uribe, Reading High School, Reading, Pa.
Back row pictured from left to right (followed by school and student’s hometown): Melissa Santana, Reading High School, Reading, Pa.; Beth Kaniuka, Louis E. Dieruff High School, Allentown, Pa.; Jacob Sackett-Sanders, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington, Del.; Lucero Pizano, A. I. DuPont High School, Wilmington, Del.; Christopher Morroquin, Appoquinimink High School, Middletown, Del.; Emily Delgado, Hightstown High School, East Windsor, NJ; Claudia Gomez, anchor, FOX29.
Not pictured: Edgar Beltran, Avon Grove High School, West Grove, Pa.; Roberto Polanco, Egg Harbor High School, Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Edwin Mejia, Freedom High School, Bethlehem, Pa.