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Hispanic Youth to be Honored By QCC

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at]

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WORCESTER, Ma. – Quinsigamond Community College will celebrate the 22nd annual Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (H.A.C.E.) awards reception and ceremony on Wednesday, October 3, at QCC’s Harrington Learning Center at 5:30pm.  Tickets for the celebration are $10.00 and are available by calling 508-854-4368.

Thirty Hispanic youth will be honored this year from various Worcester Public Schools- -Accelerated Learning Laboratory, Burncoat, Doherty, North, South, University Park Campus School, and Worcester Vocational.  Students were chosen for their outstanding efforts in one of the following areas:  academics, the arts, athletics, community service, and leadership. Students are nominated by their school principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and community leaders and/or agencies.  In addition to being recognized, each will receive a monetary award to help defray the costs of future educational needs.

The evening will feature guest speaker Paul Hernandez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Hernandez has done extensive work with youth in the city of Worcester. In 2005 he won the Telegram & Gazette’s Community Visions Youth Leadership Award, and in 2007 he received the Latino Dollars For Scholars Community Leader Award.  Hernandez is also a board member of the Regional Environmental Council, a member of the Common Pathways Leadership Team, a Co-Facilitator of the HOPE Coalition, the Worcester Youth Works Coalition, a member of United Way’s Building Brighter Futures With Youth Initiative, and PTO President of Woodland Academy.

The H.A.C.E. was created in 1985 by faculty and staff at QCC, along with business and community leaders of Worcester, to raise community awareness of the richness of Hispanic culture.  H.A.C.E. encourages youth to focus on education, recognizes achievements of young people of Hispanic heritage, and provides positive role models through inspirational speakers and exposure to community leaders.


Maria Blanc ___________________ South High Community School
Jennifer Castro-Lainez ___________________ Claremont Academy
Viviana Chica _________________ Doherty Memorial High School
Remy Daou _____________________________ North High School
Ivanna Mercedes _______________________Burncoat High School
Diego Rivera ________________________________ A.L.L. School
Patricia Sanchez _______________ University Park Campus School

Ana Calderon _________________ Doherty Memorial High School
Kayla Cortes _____________________________ North High School
Luis Martinez ________________________________ A.L.L. School
Jesus Moreta ___________________ South High Community School
Leidy Restrepo _________________ University Park Campus School
Michael Rivera _________________________Burncoat High School

Marie Barral ________________________________ A.L.L. School
Jeify Betances __________________________Burncoat High School
Miguel Echevarria ______________South High Community School
Norberto Rolon _________________ Doherty Memorial High School
Charlyn Valencia _______________ University Park Campus School

Liliana Herrera-Flores ___________ South High Community School


Betsy Jovel _____________________ University Park Campus School
Sayuri Kuratomi ______________________________ A.L.L. School
Myrna Llanos __________________________Burncoat High School
Anthony Morales__________________________ North High School
Nadeschka Nazario ______________ Doherty Memorial High School
Jessica Rosado __________________________Girls Inc of Worcester

David Camilo_____________________________ North High School

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.