Hispanic Heritage Foundation to Celebrate 10th Anniversary and Honor Record Number of Dallas Regional High School Seniors with $48,000 in Educational Grants

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Southwest Airlines hosts event to recognize Hispanic Heritage Youth Award recipients.

Southwest Airlines hosts event to recognize Hispanic Heritage Youth Award recipients.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will recognize twenty-four top high school students for leadership and excellence in: academics, business, community service, education, engineering and mathematics, healthcare, journalism, and sports. Each Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallion recipient will receive $3,000; $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The Dallas Event is the kick-off for 13 other Hispanic Heritage Youth Award events throughout the country and will be hosted by Southwest Airlines.

The Staples Foundation for Learning also will present the first-ever Hispanic Heritage Teacher Award, selected by one of the Youth Awardees and recognized for their positive impact. As part of that recognition, the teacher will receive a $500 Staples Gift Card.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 6:00 PM, reception; 6:45 ceremony

Southwest Airlines Headquarters
2702 Love Field Drive (Adjacent to Love Field Airport. Access from Denton Drive.)
Dallas, TX 75235
5th Floor - The Landing

The honorees by category are:
Academic Excellence (sponsored by Chase and MasterCard International): Lyndz Claire Steeves of Weatherford, TX - Weatherford High School - Gold Medallion; David Gonzalez of Plano, TX - Plano Senior High School - Silver Medallion; Cynthia Salas of Fort Worth, TX - North Side High School - Bronze Medallion

Business (sponsored by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs): Tony Rivera of Irving, TX - Nimitz High School - Gold Medallion; Edith Resendiz of Grand Prairie, TX - Sam Houston High School - Silver Medallion; Kiani Laura Estevez of Mansfield, TX - Mansfield High School - Bronze Medallion

Community Service (sponsored by Cadbury Schweppes America's Beverages): Jodie Rae Beltran of El Paso, TX - Socorro High School - Gold Medallion; Luis Fernando Maldonado of Waco, TX - A.J. Moore Academy - Silver Medallion; Baltazar Cordero of Fort Worth, TX - North Side High School - Bronze Medallion

Education (sponsored by Southwest Airlines): LuzCarmen Avenano of Dallas, TX - Booker T. Washington High School for Performing Arts - Gold Medallion; Victoria Derania Solis of Dallas, TX - The School for the Talented and Gifted - Silver Medallion; Dyann Lynn Lopez of Red Oak, TX - Red Oak High School - Bronze Medallion

Engineering and Mathematics (sponsored by ExxonMobil): Gabriel Joel Mendoza of El Paso, TX - Americas High School for Performing Arts - Gold Medallion; Natalie R. Levy of Dallas, TX-Science and Engineering Magnet High School - Silver Medallion; Jaime Ordonez, Jr. of Fort Worth, TX - Fossil Ridge High School - Bronze Medallion

Healthcare (sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline): Alvaro Navarro of El Paso, TX - Socorro High School - Gold Medallion; Audie Christopher Espinoza of Dallas, TX - Duncanville High School - Silver Medallion; Reynaldo Homero Sanchez of Temple, TX - Temple High School - Bronze Medallion

Journalism (sponsored by NBC Universal and Telemundo): Christopher Stephan Oroza of Coppell, TX - Coppell High School - Gold Medallion; Jannet Ramos of Dallas, TX - Warren Travis White High School - Silver Medallion; Alyssa Nichole Torres of Mesquite, TX - Ralph H. Poteet High School - Bronze Medallion

Sports (sponsored by SUBWAY(R) Restaurants): Julie Marie Little of Garland, TX - Garland High School - Gold Medallion; Jeremy R. Moreno of Alvarado, TX - Alvarado High School - Silver Medallion; Mayra A. Roman of Austin, TX - William B. Travis High School - Bronze Medallion

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Mauricio Navarro at (469) 733-8137 . For media access to Southwest Airlines headquarters after business hours, contact Edna Ruano, Southwest Airlines Public Relations, 214-792-4309 (work) or 214-679-5685 (cell).

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