Eight Top High School Seniors From Across USA Honored at 18th National Youth Awards

Washington, DC [CapitalWirePR] January 30, 2017 – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), sponsors, community and business leaders, and celebrities honored eight high school seniors from across the United States at the 18th Annual National Youth Awards on Thursday, January 26th at the New World Center, 500 17th St, Miami Beach, FL (reception 6-7, ceremony 7-8 p.m.).

The National Youth Awards will be broadcasted by Vme TV as a special and feature a performance by Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated band Locos por Juana. Latin Grammy-nominated DJ Mr. Pauer performed during the event’s reception. HHF promoted the young role models and parent through a national multi-media campaign (visit www.HispanicHeritage.org and #NationalYAon HHF’s social media platforms).

The eight winning students were selected from hundreds of regional recipients and 20,000 applicants. Students were chosen for their leadership in the classroom and community in “priority” categories (see below for categories) and boast nearly a 4.0 GPA with countless hours of community service. In addition to receiving grants for their education or a project or idea, the awardees were flown to Miami for the ceremony along with a parent and received personalized styling from Macy’s.

“We are proud to honor yet another class of outstanding young Latino leaders who are already making an impact on our classrooms, communities and soon workforce,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We are grateful to our sponsors for their shared vision and support as we focus in what we consider priority fields for America. We truly believe our Youth Awardees are leaders of today, not tomorrow. Frankly, we can’t afford to wait.”

The National Youth Awardees and Parent Award include (see www.rsvpya.com for full bios of students):
· Business & Entrepreneurship, presented by BBVA Compass – Anthony Amato, Glenmont, NY
· Community Service, presented by Colgate-Palmolive Company: Henry Rosas, Phoenix, AZ
· Education, presented by Southwest Airlines: Maria Salmeron Melendez, Washington, DC
· Engineering, presented by ExxonMobil: Adheli Gonzalez, Chicago, IL
· Healthcare & Science, presented by CVS Health: Debora Gonzalez, Miami, FL
· Innovation & Technology, presented by Entertainment Software Association Foundation: Julianna Rodriguez, Los Angeles, CA
· Accounting & Math, presented by Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Clarissa Castillo, Houston, TX
· Media & Entertainment, presented by NBC Universal Telemundo, Jonathan Salama, Pelham, NY
· Parent Award, presented by Learning Heroes, Suyapa Melendez, Washington, DC
Additional partners of the Youth Awards include: Google, AT&T, Direct Auto Insurance, Herbalife, Marines, UPS, Havas FORMULATIN, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), and NASCAR.
The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to HHF’s “eco-system” of talent that tracks, prepares and positions vetted Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college and graduate school, and into their careers. Join and follow LOFT on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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