2nd Annual Hispanic Leadership Awards Luncheon

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the 2nd Annual Hispanic Leadership Awards Luncheon was held at the Harriet Himmel Theater in Cityplace on September 22, 2016. Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa was the featured Keynote Speaker. During the event, individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Hispanic students in South Florida through education were recognized for their contributions.

John I. Leonard Community High School received two donations: a $6000 donation for their International Spanish Academy program to send a student to Universidad de Valencia in Spain to study Hispanic Studies. Additionally, the School District of Palm Beach County offered a teaching job within the District to that student upon returning to the U.S.

 

John I. Leonard Community High School also received a $1000 donation from Santillana USA, a subsidiary of Grupo Santillana, the largest educational publisher in the Spanish-speaking world.

 

Recipients of 2016 Awards:

 

Public Service

State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, Florida Senate

State Senator Anitere Flores, Florida Senate

Former State Representative Erik Fresen

Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, Miami Dade County Public Schools

Board Member Marcia Andrews, School District of Palm Beach County

 

Educational Leadership

Superintendent Dr.Walt Griffin, Seminole County Public Schools

Susy Martinez-White, Palm Beach State College

Principal Oscar Otero, Conniston M.S., School District of Palm Beach County

Michael Ramirez, Broward County Public Schools

Dr. Frank Rodriguez, School District of Palm Beach County

Lana St. Hilaire, School District of Palm Beach County

Principal Ed Tierney, John I. Leonard H.S., School District of Palm Beach County

 

Community Education Leadership

Lyanne Azqueta Fanjul, President New Hope Charities, Inc.

Giselle Lundy-Ponce, Colorfn Colorado, American Federation of Teachers

Father Frank O’Loughlin, The Guatemalan-Maya Center

Glenn Tomlinson, Department of Education, Norton Museum

 

Community Leadership

Marfa Antuna, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

Diana Bolfvar, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando

Marta Casas Celaya, Comcast

Dr. Deandre Poole, Coalition for Black Student Achievement

Sam Roman, Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 

International Partnership

DonJavier Garefa-Velasco, Education Attache, Spain Ministry of Education

The Honorable Candido Creis Estrada, Consul General of Spain

 

Event Photos

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