NHCSL Announces the 2012 John S. Martínez Scholarship Recipients
This academic year proved to be a challenging one in selecting recipients due to the abundance of qualified applicants. NHCSL received a vast number of applications from various states and territories across the nation. It was heartwarming to see so many Hispanic children not only excelling academically, but also giving back to their community, participating in school events, receiving academic awards, striving for success, and being leaders within their school community. NHCSL’s collaboration with Comcast has made and continues to make the John S. Martinez scholarship possible. “We are extremely proud of the partnership with NHCSL. Investing in these amazing young people is an investment in the future of the country. We applaud NHCSL’s efforts to expand the scholarship and their continued dedication in developing the next generation of Latino leaders”, stated Juan Otero, Senior Director at Comcast Corporation.
The 2012 J.S.M. Scholarship recipients include: Gerardo Calderón (Arizona), Stephanie Rivera (California), Gabriela Garcia-Sanchez (Connecticut), Nicole Mallma (Connecticut), Lucia Baca (Florida), Marisa Chacón (New Mexico), Victor F. Vásquez, Jr. (New York), Javier González Piñero (Puerto Rico), Jenifer Henríquez (Rhode Island), Nelson Pereira (Texas), and Jessie Emmanuel Duarte (Utah).
NHCSL and all of its members are extremely proud of all of these students and the potential that they have already exhibited. With maintaining a focus on closing the achievement gap, Hispanic students can continue to develop into successful leaders of the future.
The 2012 J.S.M Scholarship Recipients
“Gerardo has always commanded the respect and attention of his peers as he routinely has taken on classroom leadership roles, while leading by example.” – Quintin Boyce, Principal
“She constantly gravitates to leadership opportunities and is always professional in the way that she works with people. She is strong, committed, and a very positive person. She has the character, integrity, and professionalism that is valued in all walks of life.” – Alan Gersten, Teacher
“Clearly this is a young woman with excellent time management and organizational skills, but perhaps more important, one who willingly gives her time to help others. Gabriela is a leader on many fronts and a positive role model to her peers.” – Elizabeth M. Quinn, Counselor
“She has been an excellent student who has worked hard to achieve honors through-out her school years. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership and a clear sense of purpose.” -Juan Candelaria, State Representative
“Lucia gives her time and dedication to those who need it. In this country, she works with food and clothing collections to help kids from low income areas. But Lucia has not forgotten the country where she was born. During the summers, she also volunteers at different hospitals in Argentina.” – Maria Teresa Gessen, Teacher
“Maria’s maturity and genuine care for everyone in her community are the attributes that truly set her apart from other similarly accomplished students.”- Martin Meier, Teacher
Victor F. Vásquez, Jr.
“I believe that helping others without asking for anything in return is a very admirable quality. Community service doesn’t necessarily have to be restricted to where you live. People need help across the globe. My parents have always taught me to help others, especially those in need.” – Victor F. Vásquez, Jr.
Javier González Piñero
“The wealth of our society is in our hands and we all have to make an effort for it. Happiness is achieved by knowing you have done a good job, not only for yourself but for others. We will find happiness and wellness in public service only if the desire to do it comes from our hearts.” – Javier González Piñero
“I volunteer not because I have plenty of free time on my hands or because it is a school requirement; but because helping my community means a lot to me. When I needed help from my community growing up it was always there. Volunteering is my way of showing appreciation for all I received and to give back to my community.” – Jenifer Henríquez
“Nelson is a hard working student who has challenged himself with participating and excelling in Honors and Dual Credit courses throughout his high school career. He possesses the curiosity and desire to learn as much as he can about the world around him and expressing this through his artwork.” –Isabella Ontiveros, Counselor
Jessie Emmanuel Duarte
“He is a role model to his peers. He humbly accepts this responsibility and will take other struggling students under his wing to help them be successful. As a Latino male, I look to him to demonstrate how boys and young men can maintain their cultural pride and language, while excelling in school.” - Julia Barrientos, Teacher