The Hispanic Student Recognition Program

The Hispanic Student Recognition Program honored future physicians, scientists, journalists and aeronautical engineers on Saturday, April 26, 2009, at Dover Downs. More than 500 outstanding Hispanic students and their families attended the ceremony, hosted by City of Wilmington communications director John Rago. Featured speakers included U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper, Del. Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery, Diana Bald of Univision and Lizette Beltran of Bank of America. Wilmington University provided scholarships to two outstanding students.

Ariadna Clare provided simultaneous translation, with support from the Red Clay School District. Special recognition went to the following students:

Outstanding High School Students of the Year: Andrew Zaldivar, Cab Calloway HS and Angelica Montes, Christiana HS

Outstanding Middle School Students of the Year: Bryan McLellan-Aquinaga, Sanford School, and Martha Lopez, Gauger-Cobbs Middle School


Outstanding Students in individual categories include the following:

Delmarva Power Academics Award, New Castle County: Lian Marie Colon, William Penn HS

Delmarva Power Academics Award, Kent County: Wanda Bautista, Polytech HS

Delmarva Power Academics Award, Sussex County: Monserrat Celays-Martinez, Seaford HS

Arts, New Castle County: Rosa Luna, Thomas McKean HS

Arts, Kent County: Rebeka Pyne, Dover HS; Julianne Morris, Polytech HS

Arts, Sussex County: Maria Vasquez, Cape Henlopen HS

Athletics, New Castle County: Adiel Melendez, Cab Calloway HS

Athletics, Kent County: Daniele Salas, Caeser Rodney HS

Athletics, Sussex County: Oscar Castrejon, Seaford HS

United Way Live United Community Service Award, New Castle County: Maria Fernanda Marquez, William Penn HS; Yessenia Tolentino, William Penn HS

United Way Live United Community Service Award, Sussex County: Melina Pineyro, Sussex Technical HS

Astra Zeneca Science, Math & Technology Award, New Castle County: Ivania Bautista, St Elizabeth’s HS

Astra Zeneca Science, Math & Technology Award, Sussex County: Benedict Pineyro, Sussex Technical HS

Mil Gracias to supporters of the Hispanic Student Recognition Program, including Astra Zeneca, Delmarva Power, El Tiempo Hispano, Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs (GACHA), United Way and the Red Clay School District.

Visit the LACC on YouTube to see pictures of the Hispanic Student Recognition Program www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pzrm1SglX

Wanda Lopez
GACHA & LACC

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