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May 2, 2005

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Debra Kahl – (208) 526-4714, Debra.Kahl@inl.gov

$1 million in scholarships awarded at 2005 Hispanic Youth Symposium

More than 100 Latino students from throughout the state received college scholarships after participating in the 16th annual Hispanic Youth Symposium in Sun Valley April 29-May 1.

Scholarships valued at more than $1 million were awarded at the Symposium, which brought about 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops. Students also participated in speech, talent, art, and athletic and interactive skill contests.

The Hispanic Youth Symposium was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, Gem State Diversity Initiatives, state agencies and employers. Participating colleges and universities were Albertson College of Idaho, Boise State University, BYU-Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Northwest Nazarene University, University of Idaho and Utah State University. Several College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarships were awarded. Also, Si Se Puede scholarships were awarded to promising students by Gem State Diversity Initiatives ($1,000 to seniors and $500 to juniors). The entire list of scholarship winners follows at the end of this news release.

Theme of the symposium was "Si Se Puede! – It Can Be Done!" The event targets the important themes of dropout prevention, continuing education, taking pride in Latino culture and breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the symposium, the students learn that nothing is impossible because they have the power to shape their own future.

Annie Velasquez of Century High School (Pocatello) was awarded the $2,500 Natalie Lupe Reyes Memorial Scholarship for being selected the Outstanding Female Student of the Symposium. She also received a $200 Idaho State University scholarship and a $600 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place in the Issues to Action competition.

Luis Romero of North Fremont High School (Ashton) was awarded the $2,500 Frank Gamboa Sanchez Memorial Scholarship for being selected the Outstanding Male Student of the Symposium.

Other winners (Name, high school, scholarship amount):

  • Lourdes Sandoval, Aberdeen High School, $200 Idaho State University
  • Nereyda Martinez, American Falls High School, $200 Idaho State University
  • Carolina Rangel, American Falls High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Leslie Cortez, Blackfoot High School, $800 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place in the talent competition (traditional)
  • Julie Garcia, Blackfoot High School, $1,000 scholarship from Micron Technologies, Inc.
  • Norma Arechiga, Boise High School, $760 Boise State University
  • Rodrigo Carabajal, Bonneville High School, $6,200 Boise State University CAMP
  • Rosemary Gomez, Bonneville High School, $150 Gem State Diversity scholarship for fourth place in the Issues to Action competition
  • Albert Longoria, Bonneville High School, $200 Idaho State University and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Erik Ponce, Bonneville High School, $760 Boise State University
  • Israel Brizvela, Borah High School, $250 Gem State Diversity scholarship for the people's choice award in the art competition
  • Adam Hardy, Burley High School, $800 Boise State University, $500 College of Southern Idaho and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Amando de Leon, Caldwell High School, $48,000 Albertson College of Idaho and $57,444 Boise State University
  • Verenice Leon, Caldwell High School, $2,000 University of Idaho
  • Carlos Lopez Jr., Caldwell High School, $1,500 University of Idaho
  • Linda Lopez, Caldwell High School, $4,000 University of Idaho CAMP
  • Clarissa Olvera, Caldwell High School, $1,250 University of Idaho
  • Angela Frith-Gomez, Capital High School, $800 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place in the art competition
  • Victoria Lopez, Capital High School, $760 Boise State University
  • Morgan Nava Capital High School, $150 Gem State Diversity scholarship for fourth place in the Issues to Action competition
  • Michelle Zarate, Capital High School, $820 Boise State University, $2,000 University of Idaho and $300 Gem State Diversity scholarship for fourth place in the art competition
  • Anna Ruiz, Carey High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho and $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Manuel Herrera Jr., Cassia Education Center, $800 BYU-Idaho and $500 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Luis Hernandez, Castleford High School, $41,300 Albertson College of Idaho, $6,200 Boise State University CAMP and $3,200 Idaho State University
  • Laura Zavala, Castleford High School, $50,900 Albertson College of Idaho, $15,330 Boise State University and $6,200 Boise State University CAMP
  • Kayla Ruiz, Centennial High School, $750 Boise State University
  • Rosana Arrizubieta, Challis High School, $200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for fifth place in the speech competition
  • Nicolas Diaz, Eagle High School, $4,800 Albertson College of Idaho, $400 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place in the Issues to Action competition and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Luis Garcia, Emmett High School, $100 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place (male) in the 5K run
  • Rodrigo Garcia, Emmett High School, $300 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place (male) in the 5K run
  • Luz Lara, Emmett High School, $500 Gem State Diversity scholarship for the third-place essay (tie)
  • Kylie Madsen, Filer High School, $23,300 Albertson College of Idaho, $3,000 Boise State University, $1,500 University of Idaho, $1,200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place in the talent competition (contemporary) and $400 Gem State Diversity scholarship for fourth place in the speech competition
  • Alex Serrano, Filer High School, $4,800 Albertson College of Idaho
  • Leticia Oliva, Firth High School, $6,200 Boise State University CAMP
  • Miriam Rivas, Firth High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College and $19,000 Utah State University
  • Raymundo Becerra, Glenns Ferry High School, $100 Gem State Diversity scholarship for people's choice award in the talent competition (traditional)
  • Elizabeth Ortiz Dominguez, Glenns Ferry High School, $2,300 University of Idaho CAMP
  • Janet Garza, Glenns Ferry High School, $2,300 Boise State University CAMP, $500 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place in the speech competition and $250 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place in the Issues to Action competition
  • Violeta Garza, Glenns Ferry High School, $2,300 Boise State University CAMP and $100 Gem State Diversity scholarship for people's choice award in the talent competition (traditional)
  • Zulema Juarez, Glenns Ferry High School, $6,200 Boise State University CAMP and $100 Gem State Diversity scholarship for people's choice award in the talent competition (traditional)
  • Merary Rojas, Hagerman High School, $1,200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place in the art competition
  • Tamara Salazar, Highland High School, $48,000 Albertson College of Idaho and $5,200 Idaho State University
  • Edson Estrada, Hillcrest High School, $800 BYU-Idaho
  • Brenda Haley, Hillcrest High School, $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Melisa Pereyra, Hillcrest High School, $19,000 Utah State University and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Maria Alvarez, Homedale High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College, $4,000 University of Idaho CAMP and $500 scholarship from Campesinoz Unidos de Idaho
  • Maria Beltran, Homedale High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Luis Escutia, Homedale High School, $760 Boise State University
  • Antonio Sotelo, Homedale High School, $10,000 Albertson College of Idaho and $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Javier Sotelo, Homedale High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College and $4,000 University of Idaho CAMP
  • Esmeralda Acuna, Jerome High School, $1,900 College of Southern Idaho, $600 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place in the Issues to Action competition and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Sam Carrasco, Jerome High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Wendy Sedano, Jerome High School, $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Allea Meza, Kimberly High School, $200 Idaho State University
  • Juan Pablo Alvarez, Lewiston High School, $1,200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place in the talent competition (traditional)
  • Amy Torrez, Lincoln High School, $1,000 scholarship from North Wind, Inc.
  • Yemi Guerrero, Madison High School, $200 Idaho State University
  • Norma Martinez, Madison High School, $200 Idaho State University, $19,000 Utah State University and $500 scholarship from Campesinoz Unidos de Idaho
  • Jazmin Huerta, Magic Valley High School, $1,900 College of Southern Idaho
  • Amanda Reyes, Meridian Academy, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Andrea Frassa, Meridian High School, $1,500, BYU-Idaho
  • David Waltari, Meridian High School, $800 BYU-Idaho and $500 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Ashley Mejia, Minico High School, $200 Idaho State University
  • Gloria Turner, Minico High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Kelli Kaup, Mountain View High School, $28,800 Albertson College of Idaho, $750 Boise State University and $200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place (female) in the 5K run
  • Gabriela Castaneda, Nampa High School, $20,000 Northwest Nazarene University
  • Surine de la Concepcion, Nampa High School, $2,000 University of Idaho
  • Elvis Herrera, Nampa High School, $4,000 University of Idaho CAMP
  • Jeannette Jimenez, Nampa High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Liliana Jimenez, Nampa High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Alma Morales, Nampa High School, $500 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Marco Rueda, Nampa High School, $500 University of Idaho
  • Dianne Sanchez, Nampa High School, $500 University of Idaho, $19,000 Utah State University and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Larissa Bleeker, New Plymouth High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Susie Vasquez, New Plymouth High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Isaac Zamora, Notus High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Viridiana Arteaga, Parma High School, $34,800 Albertson College of Idaho, $4,000 University of Idaho CAMP and $700 scholarship from Future Hispanic Leaders of America
  • Crystal Garza, Parma High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Matthew Rude, Pocatello High School, $37,444 Boise State University
  • Mayra Vazquez, Preston High School, $40,000 Albertson College of Idaho
  • Oscar Luna, Rigby High School, $1,500 BYU-Idaho, $400 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place in the Issues to Action competition, $500 Gem State Diversity scholarship for the third-place essay (tie)
  • Jamie Marie Brown, Ririe High School, $300 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place (female) in the 5K run
  • Maricela Abarca, Shelley High School, $19,000 Utah State University and $1,200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for the first-place essay
  • Vanesa Galvan, Shelley High School, $500 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Miguel Espinosa, Shoshone High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Rafael Alejandrez, Skyline High School, $500 Eastern Idaho Technical College and $150 Gem State Diversity scholarship for people's choice award in the talent competition (contemporary)
  • Juan Martinez, Skyline High School, $1,350 Eastern Idaho Technical College
  • Linda Ramirez, Skyline High School, $500 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place in the art competition
  • Jasmin Resendiz, Skyline High School, $150 Gem State Diversity scholarship for people's choice award in the talent competition (contemporary)
  • Carina Hernandez, Skyview High School, $2,300 Boise State University CAMP
  • Gilberto Diaz, Snake River High School, $200 Idaho State University and $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Oliver Ibarra, Snake River High School, $200 Idaho State University
  • Ruben Torres, Snake River High School, $19,000 Utah State University
  • Eva Tafolla, South Fremont High School, $800 Gem State Diversity scholarship for the second-place essay
  • Carmen Espejel, Teton High School, $1,200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for first place in the speech competition
  • Teresa Vazquez, Teton High School, $500 University of Idaho
  • Jhanyce Villa, Teton High School, $3,200 Idaho State University and $400 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place in the talent competition (contemporary)
  • Ahmad Allam, Timberline High School, $19,200 Idaho State University, $4,750 University of Idaho and $800 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place in the speech competition
  • Andrew Reyes, Timberline High School, $800 Boise State University and $2,500 University of Idaho
  • Severo Hernandez, Twin Falls High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Adriana Sanchez, Twin Falls High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Patty Banuelos, Valley High School, $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Remigio Caloca, Vallivue High School, $48,000 Albertson College of Idaho, $750 Boise State University and $2,300 Boise State University CAMP
  • Sindia Padilla, Vallivue High School, $51,500 Albertson College of Idaho, $3,200 Idaho State University and $4,000 Lewis-Clark State College
  • Alejandro Rosales, Vallivue High School, $38,000 Albertson College of Idaho and $3,750 University of Idaho
  • Oliver Rosales, Vallivue High School, $40,000 Albertson College of Idaho, $2,500 University of Idaho and $200 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place (male) in the 5K run
  • Juana Maribel Sanchez, Vallivue High School, $43,200 Albertson College of Idaho
  • Ernesto Medina, Weiser High School, $1,000 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Karina Rodriguez, Weiser High School, $2,300 Boise State University CAMP and $400 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place in the talent competition (traditional)
  • David Gonzalez, Wendell High School, $500 Si Se Puede scholarship
  • Cynthia Lopez, West Jefferson High School, $6,200 Boise State University CAMP, $19,000 Utah State University, $800 Gem State Diversity scholarship for second place in the talent competition (contemporary) and $100 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place (female) in the 5K fun
  • Diana Renova, West Jefferson High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho
  • Flor Albor, Wilder Sr. High School, $4,000 University of Idaho CAMP
  • Maria Avelina Puga, Wilder Sr. High School, $3,750 University of Idaho and $250 Gem State Diversity scholarship for third place in the Issues to Action competition
  • David Risci, Wood River High School, $1,900 College of Southern Idaho

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