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Roberto Aguilar-Cerna Roberto Aguilar-Cerna is a senior at SWHS.  Roberto is involved in College Bound Club and is an active member in his church. For two years Roberto has been involved in the AVID program and has taken honors level courses.  He has managed to overcome difficult barriers and has proven to be a devoted citizen who is driven to one day succeed in the medical field.  He will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Claudia Alvarado Claudia Alvarado is a senior at MVHS.  She immigrated here from El Salvador five years ago and worked hard to develop her English language skills.  She now helps non-English speakers and plans to earn her certification as an English-Spanish translator.  She plans to major in Early Childhood Education.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Alma Cristina Alvarez Alma Cristina Alvarez, a senior at MVHS, belongs to the French Club and LEAP.  She volunteers at Bilingual Migrant Program events and at Skagit Valley Hospital.  She will be the first in her family to complete high school, and hopes to attend EWU and major in nursing.  She will receive $7,605 to attend Eastern Washington University.
 
Vanessa Arellano Vanessa Arellano is a senior at MVHS.  She will be the first in her family to graduate from high school and enroll in college. Her goal has always been to complete her education and set an example for her siblings and others. She has volunteered at Migrant/Bilingual Night, the Strengthening Families Program, and has served as a mentor for Math Night programs at Kulshan Neighborhood Station.  She is active with the Between Friends Club and Latino Leaders' Club, and  volunteered at six different medical camps.  Vanessa plans to attend SVC where she will study Early Childhood Education.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Emily Armendarez Emily Armendarez is a senior at MVHS.  She has both assisted and led the church choir since she was 15. She helps with Link Leaders, a program at the high school which helps freshmen get acquainted with the school. She is interested in pre-medical studies and hopes to attend the UWS.  She will receive $10,000 to attend the University of Washington, Bothell.
 
Estefania Brambilia Estefania Brambila is a senior at MVHS.  Despite hardships in her life, Estefania has blossomed into a successful young woman through her parents' guidance.  Academically, Estefania challenges herself by taking nearly every AP class offered.  She serves as ASB President,  runs the French Club, works, and helps care for her siblings. She has developed, written the scripts for, and emceed many assemblies and events.  For the 2010 MLK, Jr. Diversity-Assembly, over 2,000 students, staff, and community members were on their feet inspired by the speech she wrote and delivered.  She will receive $3,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Frank Burge Frank Burge is a senior at MVHS.  Frank has contributed to diversity through his work at school as an assistant wrestling coach, coaching MVHS's first state champion female wrestler! He would like to study psychology, engineering and photography after high school.  Frank has faced the challenges of being bi-racial, dealing with the stereotypes and prejudices of people he meets on a daily basis. Frank has seen a variety of cultures and has learned the value inherent to each.  He will receive $3,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Anyelinalen Camacho Anyelinalen Camacho is a senior at MVHS.  Annie is a true leader in school while rising above hardships that may be going on in her life.  She gives back to those around her through being a Link Leader, taking part in homecoming assemblies, starting an afterschool dance club, and being an AVID member for six years.  She also has worked as a camp counselor with children at the YMCA, volunteered at the Skagit Valley Hospital as a secretary, and helped organize a Cinco de Mayo dance at Washington Elementary School.  She plans to enroll in a university and is intereted in nursing.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Madison Campbell Madison Campbell is a senior at AHS. She always strives for the top in grades and athletics, and is a solid advocate for herself and others. Faced with adversity, problems, or conflicts she rises to the occasion. She is on the honor roll, and as a Running Start student she serves as Vice President for SVC's honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She has been a Special Olympics Coach and received an award from the Skagit Conservation Society for promoting a green lifestyle. She will receive $2,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Gladis Castellanos-Quiroga Gladis Castellanos-Quiroga is a senior at MVHS.  Gladis will be one of the first members in her community to graduate from high school. She has volunteered weekly for the past three years at the after school homework club offered by the community program at Villa Santa Maria Apartments. As an educated Latina woman interested in a medical career, she is a leader to everyone in her community. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Mark Chuprinov Mark Chuprinov is a senior at BEHS. Mark promotes his diversity through the remarkable volunteer work he does with the Russian communities. He is an active church member where he helps families in need by interpreting for the elderly and visiting nursing homes. His family recently moved to the United States, and with the support of his parents and his dream to go to college, he hopes to prove to himself and to his family that everything is possible. He plans to pursue a career in Multimedia Interactive Technology at SVC. He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Mary Cisneros Mary Cisneros is a senior at MVHS. Mary has spent the past four years changing her life from gang related activity to the life of an engaged and focused student. With the support of MVHS staff she chose to break out of her previous lifestyle, which has resulted in a better life for herself and her children. Her drastic changes in attitude and life choices have been a model to many students and the community. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Jessica Conejo Jessica Conejo is a senior at MVHS. Jessica is an AVID student and serves her community as a volunteer for migrant workers. She helped to translate documents so that workers could apply for health insurance, worked in a migrant health clinic where she administered shots, distributed clothes and toys, and babysat children whose parents needed to attend PTA meetings. She volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital and plans to study nursing at a four-year university. She will receive $5,481 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Edgar Corado Edgar Corado is a senior at SWHS. He serves on the Sedro-Woolley School Board as a student representative, is active in multiple clubs including Latinos Unidos, Be the Change, and College Bound. In addition he is enrolled in many rigorous academic courses, all while consciously acknowledging and honoring his cultural roots. He is a Rotary Student of the Month and has spoken at several school board meetings and Rotary luncheons. He will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Cindy Corrales Cindy Corrales is a senior at MVHS. She is involved in LEAP, is an AVID student, and helps run the school's annual soccer tournament. Cindy volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital and tutors children at her church. She recognizes that a strong and healthy community will come if we each understand and support the diversity in others. She would like to become a doctor. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
René Cruz René Cruz is a senior at SWHS. René plays the trumpet in his band, La Autentica del Valle which plays at festivals and events all around the state. He is also known for his leadership and sportsmanship on and off the soccer field.  He is a role model both for younger athletes and for his peers as he always puts in his best effort with a smile even when tasks are difficult to complete. René plans to attend SVC in the fall. He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Laura Diaz Laura Diaz is a senior at SWHS. Laura is co-founder of Latinos Unidos, volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club auction, the Humane Society, assists as a translator at school events, and works to promote awareness of Down's Syndrome. In addition Laura is an AVID student, is enrolled in AP and honors classes, and is active in student government. She is often seen helping students of different ethnic backgrounds giving her time to tutor and assist them. She plans to attend a four-year university and study science. She hopes to return to Mexico as a politician or doctor in order to be of service to others. She will receive $3,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Valeria Domínguez Valeria Domínguez is a senior at BEHS. As a capable and self-advocating student she has worked hard to overcome some challenges in her life in order to pursue academic and career success. She has volunteered since she was nine-years old, and as a member of the Washington State Migrant Council, she works to support and encourage young migrant children and their familes to succeed in school. She plans to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Carlos Flores Carlos Flores, a senior at MVHS is a leader at home and in school. He is an AVID student and works as a Junior Medical Volunteer at the hospital. He tutors Lincoln Elementary students, is a Link Leader and participates in DECA. He is interested in studying to be either a nurse or a teacher. He will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Danny Flores Danny Flores is a senior at EHS. Danny demonstrated courage and persistence in completing his education while overcoming a significant health condition. He does weekly tutoring of Hispanic youth and organizes activities for children in the apartment complex where he lives. He will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Isaac Flores Isaac Flores is a senior at MVHS. He volunteers as a tutor to bilingual youth and has volunteered at a local food bank. He is driven to be the first in his family to go to college, however as one of six children in his family, he is equally driven to support his brothers and sisters and assure that he is not the last to go to college. Isaac is interested in pre-engineering and science. He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Michelle Flores Michelle Flores is a senior at MVHS. Michelle contributes to her school community by devoting many hours of service to the National Honor Society. She served as the debate team president, and has been a member of the choir. Michelle also coaches a middle school debate team twice a week after school. She is planning to apply to the UWS with an ambition to pursue law or international studies. She will receive $10,000 to attend the University of Washington, Bothell.
 
Geraldine Garcia Geraldine Garcia is a senior at BEHS. She is tied for valedictorian with a GPA of 4.0. As a junior she was the founding president for a club that raised over $1,000 for needy people in Ecuador. She tutors Westview Elementary School students through Latinos in Action. Geraldine plans to study Early Childhood Education. She will receive $2,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Gloria Gay Gloria Gay, a senior at MVHS, is an AVID student with a passion for basketball. She volunteers at Kulshan Creek Neighborhood where she teaches youth about wildlife and environmental issues. She wants to attend a four-year university and study business or communication. She will receive $3,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Mercedes Gomez Iriondo Mercedes Gomez Iriondo is a senior at BEHS. Mercedes served as a bilingual tutor for kindergarten students at Allen Elementary School through Latinos in Action. Her extracurricular activities include cross-country running and swimming. She has taken the lead role in a variety of presentations throughout the school year. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Maria Guillén Maria Guillén, a senior at SWHS, volunteers at Central Elementary School tutoring ESL students in math, reading, writing, and vocabulary. She moved to the United States at 18, and has worked hard to learn the language and develop her academic skills. She enjoyed school so much and was so motivated, that she decided to complete high school. Now, at almost 21 years of age, Maria is about to be a high school graduate! She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Silvia Guzman Silvia Guzman, a senior at BEHS, is a multilingual volunteer interpreter in her community using her English, Mixteco, and Spanish. She is a Latinos in Action student and belongs to the multi-cultural club. She plans to continue her education with a focus on nursing. She will receive $5,000 to attend the University of Washington, Seattle.
 
Elena Hernández Elena Hernández is a senior at BEHS. She has contributed to diversity through her coursework in the pre-teaching seminar class, and through her volunteer efforts with the multi-cultural club. As a Latinos in Action student she tutors elementary students and translates for parents at school functions. Different cultures and languages fascinate Elena, and she hopes that international travel factors into her future. She wants to attend SVC after high school and pursue a career in nursing. She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Griselda Ibarra Griselda Ibarra is a senior at BEHS. She developed leadership skills in AVID that she used at a local elementary school, at her church, and at various clubs and organizations. She is the Vice-President of FBLA, and as a thespian volunteered to direct youth theater. She volunteers at local daycares for the migrant community and teaches English language skills to youth. Griselda expects to be the first in her family to graduate from college. She plans to study the criminal justice system and work as a probation officer. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Esdras Lopez-Velasco Esdras Lopez-Velasco is a senior at MVHS. Esdras is hard-working, and a caring role model. He wants to be the first in his family to graduate from a college. He is very active in his church community, volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital, and is an elementary school tutor. He hopes to become a nurse. He will receive $5,481 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Esmeralda Martínez Esmeralda Martínez, a senior at BEHS, is fluent in three languages: Triqui, Spanish, and English. She is actively involved in Latinos in Action, volunteered as a Triqui interpreter at several immigration forums, and presented on stereotypes and diversity at the Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference. Esmeralda is planning to attend SVC to pursue a career in education. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Jasmine Martínez Jasmine Martínez is a senior at MVHS. She is an active member of DECA, French Club, LEAP, Link Leaders, and the Between Friends Club. She has attended the state Migrant Student Leadership Conference numerous times, and this fall helped organize the event at WWU. Jasmine plans to continue her education at a four-year university. She will receive $2,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Jocelyn Martínez Jocelyn Martínez is a senior at SWHS. She has participated in Sparrow Club, College Bound Club, and works bilingually at Sakuma's Processing. She has maintained a high GPA in AP and college prep classes. Besides her club activities she participates in three sports, community service, and works two part-time jobs. Jocelyn wants to financially support her family by graduating from college and beginning a career in art. She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Genyssa McCauley Genyssa McCauley is a senior at SWHS. She is dedicated to her academics as well as to sports, participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball. Through her church she has volunteered for Toys for Tots and Breast Cancer Walks. She will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Rubén Morales Rubén Morales is a senior at BEHS. He has been coaching the West View Elementary School girls' basketball team the last two years and is a member of the Earth Club. Ruben's passion is cooking and next fall he plans to attend SVC and study to become a chef. He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Cecilia Navarro Cecilia Navarro is a senior at MVHS. Cecilia is interested in pursuing a degree as a Veterinarian Technician. She is a member of AVID, works at a daycare, and volunteers at the NOAH pet adoption center. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Carlos Palacios Carlos Palacios is a senior at MVHS. Carlos has participated in numerous Migrant Leadership Conferences and is a North Cascade Wild alumni. Through these programs he learned valuable leadership skills that have helped him as a Latino Leader and AVID student. He spoke on the Mount Vernon School District's, "Educacion es la Vision" radio show and is interested in engineering and social work. He will receive $2,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Guadalupe (Celeste) Peralta Mejia Guadalupe (Celeste) Peralta Mejia is a senior at SSHS and a Running Start student. Celeste volunteers with her church every week because she wants to help other immigrant families have the same opportunities she has had. As a Job Corps volunteer she helped clean up local parks and worked with the elderly. She plans to enroll at SVC. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Bilda Ramírez Bilda Ramírez is a senior at BEHS. She has been involved in AVID, FBLA competitions, the mentorship program, and currently tutors Westview Elementary students through her Latinos in Action class. She will be a first generation college student and would like to work in the medical field, perhaps as a pediatrician. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Brenda Ramos Brenda Ramos is a senior at MVHS. Brenda would love to pursue a career in nursing. She is an AVID student, has taken several AP courses, and is a French Club Officer. In addition, she tutors elementary students, works, and volunteers at the hospital. She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Brittany Reed Brittany Reed is a senior at SWHS. Through many difficulties, Brittany has persevered and become a community, family and school leader. She volunteers a minimum of seven hours/week at the OASIS teen shelter, is an AVID student, and maintains a rigorous academic schedule. She hopes to become a child psychologist. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Adrianne Retuta Adrianne Retuta is a senior at BEHS. Adrianne contributes to diversity as a role model at school and through dance outside of school. She is a member of the multicultural club and a strong contributor to AVID. She has performed cumbia at Westview's Cinco de Mayo celebration and Filipino folk dances at Simbang Gabi mass at Christmas. She plans to study computer science or medicine. She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Adolph Rivas Adolph Rivas is a senior at MVHS. Adolph is an exceptional mathematics and science student who would like to attend the UWS to study engineering. He is the captain of the football team and the wrestling team and was selected for the Bulldog Service Project. He has volunteered at Washington Elementary School as a tutor and will be the first generation of his family to attend college. He will receive $5,000 to attend the University of Washington, Seattle.
 
Ana Rivas Ana Rivas, a senior at MVHS, helps in both her church youth group and mother's daycare. She is an athletic trainer and manager for the boys' soccer team. In addition, she is a Link Leader and volunteers at Centennial Elementary School. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
José Sanchez-Brambila José Sanchez-Brambila is a senior at MVHS. He is president of LEAP and serves as a mentor for the Children of the Valley community project. José plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician. He will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Marisol Silva Marisol Silva is a senior at LCHS and has worked hard to support her family every day after school and on the weekends. She is attending the Northwest Career & Technical Academy and is a Running Start student. She is interested in attending SVC and focusing on Allied Health and Science. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Travis Silva Travis Silva is a senior at LCHS. Travis is a leader on the school football and wrestling teams and an AVID student. He has served in leadership class and has been active in many local community service projects through Key Club and the school ASB. He has always maintained the connection to his Pacific Islander roots. Travis is a serious student with a great sense of humor. Travis plans to continue his education at a university. He will receive $7,605 to attend Eastern Washington University.
 
Fanny Silverio González Fanny Silverio González is a senior at MVHS. Fanny has been an active leader and role model in our community by volunteering her time tutoring as a member of LEAP and as a liaison for elementary school students. Organizations that Fanny works for report that her dedication is strong and heartfelt. She is interested in attending a university with a focus on Allied Health or Early Childhood Education. She will receive $22,300 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Taysha Springer Taysha Springer is a senior at MVHS. Taysha is interested in attending SVC to pursue a degree in business. She has been an AVID student for five years, was chosen as the AVID student of the month, and recognized for her FFA Excellence. Her family has hosted students from France, China, Germany, Spain, and Japan, and she has helped the students to engage in the community and develop their language skills. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Alfa T. Hordges- Johnson Alfa T. Hordges- Johnson is a senior at SWHS. She has volunteered with the Be the Change Club and with the Boys and Girls Club for five years. In addition, she volunteers as a tutor and helps the elderly at a community soup kitchen. She plans to continue her education at a university. She will receive $3,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Marina Marina "Ruby" Tenorio-Cuevas is a senior at SWHS. She participates in the Be the Change Club and Challenge Days and is also a student mentor. Her senior project supports the creation of SWHS's Freshmen After School Assistance Program. She recently received a scholarship to attend the Association of Washington School Principals' Leadership camp. She attends SVC as a Running Start student and is interested in becoming a physical therapist. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Isabel Tisnado Isabel Tisnado is a senior at MVHS. She helps her family with childcare and cooking. She is an AVID student and plans to attend SVC and major in Human Services. She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.