Ceremony honors students of all ages

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More than 150 students in all grades levels in the Adams 12 Five Star School District were recognized April 23 for their academic achievements this past school year at the Superintendent’s Hispanic Advisory Council awards ceremony.

This was the sixth year the council has recognized students and over the years the number of students nominated by their teachers has grown immensely.

This year 156 students were nominated to be an outstanding student of the year compared to just 60 last year.

During the ceremony, council chair Antonio Esquibel thanked the community and families for continued support of their students.

“The mission of the council is to lead and influence positive change in education and the quality of life for the community of Adams 12,” he said. “Thank you all for being here. I could not have done it without you.”

Before the awards were announced, students and parents heard some inspiring words from the guest speaker — United States District Court Judge Christine Arguello.

She spoke about her traditional Hispanic upbringing and how that affected her decision to be a lawyer and later a judge.

She encouraged parents in the audience to support their daughters’ dreams.

“Parents don’t treat your daughters differently than your sons,” Arguello said.

“Encourage your daughters to accomplish the same goals and dreams that you want for your sons.”

During the ceremony the outstanding student of the year for each school was announced.

The winners were:

• Elementary school, Alejandra Jimenez, a fifth-grader at Rocky Mountain Elementary School;

• Middle school, Lissette Gonzales, a seventh-grader from Silver Hills Middle School;

• High school, Macario de Lara Yanez, a senior from Northglenn High School.

Nine $500 high school scholarships were also given during the ceremony and are as follows:

• Chris and Carolyn Gdowski scholarship — Brandon Balderston, Mountain Range High School;

• Antonio Esquibel and Deborah Hunt scholarship — Jaime Garcia, Thornton High School;

• Las Delicias Mexican Restaurant scholarship — Ricardo Gomez, Pathways and Omar Rodriguez, Legacy High School;

• Lewis Reyes Family scholarship — Caitlin Galiz-Rowe, Horizon High School;

• La Familia Pedroza scholarship — Jhocelyn Avendano, Thornton High School;

• Lillian Gutierrez scholarship —Macario de Lara Yanez, Northglenn High School;

• Bruce C. Hunt Family Trust scholarship — Regina Baca, Vantage Point High School;

• Boysen Family scholarship — Denise Reyes, Horizon High School.

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