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Michigan Hispanic Caucus & César E. Chávez Commission honors outstanding Latino students, entrepreneurs, and leaders

OCTOBER 2, 2009: The Michigan Hispanic Caucus presented awards to outstanding Latinos across the state of Michigan during its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Lansing

The Caucus held a daylong celebration of Latino culture that took place in Lansing on Tuesday. The festivities included a summit for high school students at Lansing Community College, lunch, and entertainment on the State Capitol lawn, followed by a recognition and César Chávez commemorative dinner.

The events are part of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated nationally between September 15th and October 15th. This year’s daylong festivities were a coordinated effort by the Michigan Hispanic Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Valde García and Representatives Lee Gonzáles and John Espinoza; the Capital Area César E. Chávez Commission; the Michigan Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs (COSSA); Lansing Community College, and Comcast.

Awards presented included:
Outstanding Hispanic Leaders Awardees
Hispanic Artist: María Luz Arambula, Lansing;
Hispanic Businessperson: Marcos Flores, Paw Paw;
Hispanic Advocate: Gloria Mireles, Portage;
Hispanic Educator: Emily Martínez, Blissfield; &
Lifetime Achievement: John & Lupe Castillo, Lansing.

COSSA’s Hispanic Entreprenuer of the Year Awardee
David Segura, Detroit, CEO of VisionIT.

Savings bonds and scholarships were presented to student achievers:
Savings Bond Awardees ($300 for 1st: $200 for 2nd; $100 for 3rd)
First Place: Sabas Gutiérrez, Webster Elementary, Detroit;
Second Place: Katlyn Sánchez, South Walnut Elementary, Bangor; &
Third Place: Elmer Ventura, South Walnut Elementary, Bangor.
Middle School:
First Place: Cassandra Vargas, Maple Street Middle School, Kalamazoo;
Second Place: Evan Tomilo, Lawton Middle School, Lawton; &
Third Place: Graciela Pérez, Covert Middle School, Covert.
High School:
First Place: Marbella Chávez, Covert High School, Covert;
Second Place: Elizabeth Ruiz, Covert High School, Covert; &
Third Place: Analiz Correa, Sturgis High School, Sturgis.

Scholarship Awardees (Each Received $500 Scholarship)
Eliseo Martin, Eastern High School, Lansing;
Beatris Zamora , Lawrence High School, Lawrence; &
Ashley Guerrero, Imlay City High School, Imlay City.






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