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June 15, 2010 > Educators and students recognized in Newark

Educators and students recognized in Newark

Submitted By Terry Alderete
Photos By Vivien Larsen

The Avanzando organization of Newark hosted their second annual Awards night and celebration on June 3 at the Newark Pavilion. Each year the volunteer organization recognizes outstanding educators and students who have contributed to the success and advancement of Latino youth in the Newark Unified School district and the Ohlone Community College district.

The theme for this year's event was "Excellence and Innovation in Education to Advance Latino Success." The educators and students are excellent examples and role models of outstanding individuals who are making a difference by working with students and their families to improve and enhance the quality of their education. The awardees were commended and honored for their contributions and commitment.

In the Newark Unified School District over 40 percent of students are Latino; at the high school alone, over 50 percent. At MacGregor Alternative School, over 85 percent are Latino students! It is critical that we work in partnership with the community to help our young people overcome educational, social, and financial barriers to improve their academic achievement and prepare them for a two or four year college or vocations and keep them in school. Leadership must be nourished and role models need to be provided to encourage our youth and prepare them for the workforce of the future.

Educator Awardees included:
Newark Memorial High: Carla Collins and Jesús Jimenez; Newark Junior High: Coty Villareal; Bunker Elementary: Sonia Alba; Kennedy Elementary: Myra Borgen; Lincoln Elementary: Socorro Sanchez; Musick Elementary: Tracie Serrano; Schilling Elementary: Diane Jamison; Graham Elementary: Aarti Ahuja; Milani Elementary: Shaun Fuller; Snow Elementary: Delia De Anda; MacGregor Alternative School: Corina Rojo and Jonathan Hohm

Ohlone Community College Awardees:
Dr. Ronald Quinta, Dean of Sciences, Technology and Engineering; Ricardo Arellano, Professor of Computer Applications and Occupational Technology.

Student Awardees:
Angel Vera, Jasmin Colin and Mario Garino-Landa, 9th graders; Leticia Vera, Daisy Campos-Guzman; Yara Granados and Valeria Chavez Ayala, 10th graders; Alejandro Garcia, Janette Perez, Monica Rodriguez, Daniela Rodriguez, and Brandon Reyna, 11th graders; Bryan Silva, 12th grade and Steven Aguilar, Brian De La Pena, MacGregor.

Avanzando (formerly Enlaces) of Newark is a coalition of engaged and committed individuals interested in advancing and empowering Latino youth, families and community. The organization is developing a strong and broad network of dedicated partners and members who support the mission. For more information, contact

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