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Latino awards banquet honors U-46 students

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Dozens of Elgin Area School District U-46 students were honored at the Club Guadalupano 37th Annual Latino Awards Banquet on April 5 at Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett. Formed in 1952, Club Guadalupano began as an extension of St. Joseph Catholic Church as a Hispanic civic, social and cultural organization.

"We're grateful to have strong community partnerships that inspire our Latino students to excel academically and develop their leadership skills," said Superintendent José M. Torres.

Fourteen high school students received the Zoilo Santiago Memorial Awards for Academic Achievement, which is named after a former scholarship recipient and U-46 bilingual teacher who greatly impacted the community. Students who received this award include Bartlett High School students Héctor Orellana, and Karla Rodriguez; Elgin High School students Andrea Álvarez and Ricardo Pérez; Larkin High School students Yenitza Castillo-Tristani, Cesar Dimas, and Laura Peláez Barrios; South Elgin High School students Elizabeth Ariza, Rebecca Hernández, and Justin Santostefano; and Streamwood High School students Melissa Chávez and Luis Orozco.

Streamwood High School student Rubén López Gallardo received the William Castillo Memorial Award for School/Community Service, named after former president and secretary of Centro de Información, and the first Hispanic elected official in the area.

Elgin Community College Trustee Top 10 percent Academic Scholarships were awarded to Elgin High School student Judy Palma and Larkin High School students Yamarelis González, Arely Soriano, Ariel Soriano, and Gladys Vilchiz.

Elgin Community College Foundation Scholarships were presented to Elgin High School student Lizbeth Mancilla and Streamwood High School student Juan Acuna.