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Isaac Cruz

A graduate of Buckeley High School in Hartford, CT has been on the high honor roll all four years of his high school career. He participated in the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Sciences. He was president of the National Honor Society grades 10, 11, and 12 and served in several community projects which included food and blood drives. Isaac will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall.

Javier Navarro

Recipient of the Marta Vallin Memorial Scholarship. A graduate of Gateway Community College he will continue his education at Charter Oak State College where he will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Education. Javier was actively involved in the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) serving as its treasurer. He also served as treasurer of the Student Government at Gateway Community College during the 2003-2004 academic year. He was named "the best substitute teacher" by Gateway Early Childhood Center. Javier plans to become an early childhood teacher.

Kahnilla Crews

A graduate of Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, CT is the recipient of the John Soto Scholarship. She will be attending St. John's University and is interested in becoming a physician specializing in pediatrics. In 2002, Ms. Crews participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She served as an assistant coach for the third grade girls at the Upward Basketball Program. Kahnilla is a member of the National Honor Society and is listed in the Who's Who among American high schools students. She was also named the "Outstanding Female Math Student". She was a student government representative and played baseball and soccer

Jennifer Villegas

A graduate of Brian McMahon High School and Norwalk Community College, is the recipient of the Ruth Verdejo Duarte Scholarship. Jennifer was on the Dean's list for the past three years and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She will be attending Roger Williams University in the fall where she will major in Architecture. Her long term goal is to eventually get a Master's Degree in Architecture. Her extracurricular activities included volleyball, marching band, and track. She was a member of the Hay Motivo Club.

Rebeca Cuadrado

Graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT and will be attending Albertus Magnus College and majoring in Education. At the age of 15 she moved from Puerto Rico and came to New Haven. While in Puerto Rico she enjoyed working with her Youth Society where she had the opportunity to grow spiritually and contribute to the community. Currently she is the secretary of the Second Star of Jacob Youth Group and she contributes to LULAC Head Start through community service. She was an active member of the La Raiz Club at Wilbur Cross High School.

Steven Ortiz

A Dean's list student with a GPA of 3.6 at Western Connecticut State University, has been selected as one of the CALAHE Scholarship recipients. A native of Costa Rica, Steven lives in Danbury with his parents. As an undergraduate music major Steven works in the Danbury community teaching children in his neighborhood to read music and incorporate "hip-hop" tunes on the piano. Additionally, Steven is a member of the Music Educator National Conference Chapter at Western Connecticut State University which provides music lessons to children in the community. His goal is to become a music teacher in the Danbury public school system where he hopes to become a role model for Latino children.

Gloribel Gonzalez

A graduate of Buckeley High School in Hartford, CT and recipient of the Thomas M. Blake Scholarship plans to study political science and sociology at Trinity College with a goal of becoming a lawyer. Gloribel spent the last four years as a student at the Greater Harford Academy of Mathematics and Science as well as in Buckeley High School. Gloribel was active at Buckeley High School, serving as vice president of the senior class, secretary of the National Honor Society, and member of the Yearbook Committee. She was also the public relations representative for the Empowered Youth for Social Change.

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