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Developing Leaders of Integrity

Award Recipients 2013

CHCF, Grace Dodge Career Technical High School ‘13Darling Gutierrez, ASPIRA LBHS, Long Beach High School '13
A graduating Senior of Long Beach High School. As Vice President of the Aspira club (an afterschool club started by Antonia Panjoja, which promotes integrity, leadership and character development for students of Latino descent), she is credited by the club’s faculty supervisor as being the “driving force behind the clubs community service projects.” While maintaining a position in the top 10% of her class, she finds time to play the violin and participate in many school clubs and community service organizations. Darling intends to pursue the practice law upon graduation from Cornell University. 
“Pantoja has taught me that instead of following the norms you have to stand up for what you believe in and act on it.” - Darling Gutierrez

Katherine Lopez, ASPIRA North Rockland, North Rockland High School '13
Also a member of North Rockland High School. Along with being the president of Aspira this year, she is also has been an officer of her school’s debate team since the Fall of 2009. A member of four honor societies, she is described by her advisor as an outgoing and polished student leader. She embraces her office as president of Aspira North Rockland to learn more about opportunities for advancement in the pursuit of her education, help other Aspirantes do the same and create life-long friendships with other Latino youth striving for success.
“A leader is not measured by the followers they have, but by the leaders they create.” Katherine Lopez

Fredmary Vargas Leon ASPIRA North Rockland, North Rockland High School '13 
Another fellow Aspirante, from North Rockland High School, has held offices of President and Co-Treasurer in Student Government as well as serving as Secretary in Aspira. She credits her membership in Aspira as the driving influence of the development her leadership skills and academic accomplishments. Fredmary is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society and the Business Honor Society. Though Undecided, she intends to pursue a degree in Business while in College. Her participation in the Rockland Community Business Plan Competition last year, should give her a head start.
“The skills of listening to and understanding the demands from members and co-officers in your organization are the keys of good leadership.” Fredmary Vargas Leon

Tavita Persaud ASPIRA LBHS, Long Beach High School '13
As a member of Long Beach High School, she plans to attend Nassau Community College upon graduation and anticipates studying Criminal Justice. She is the current president of Aspira and is completing the International Baccalureate degree, the most educationally challenging program of study at Long Beach. As club president, she successfully led many Aspira members in the completion of numerous community service projects with her enthusiasm, motivation and organizational skills. She balances her strong academic course load, demanding school club involvement along while holding a Part time job.
“I try to encourage the students around me to strive for excellence and tell them that college is a goal everyone should accomplish regardless of their economic status.” Tavita Persaud

Melissa Plasencia UPROSE, High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology '13
Is a graduate of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology. She is a member of the swimming and track team. As a member of Uprose, she has made outreach calls, door knocked, passed out flyers, testified at hearings, and presented on behalf of the organization. She is interested in addressing the public health disparities in the Latino community and hopes to continue progress in this concern with a career in nutrition and health and wellness. One campaign she led successfully attainted fresh, cold and free water to students in her high school. 
“I believe that if I encourage other students to be involved in issues that closely affect them, they will also realize they can a difference in their communities.” Melissa Plasencia

Evanelly Santos Grand Street Settlement Beacon Center, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics  '13
Described by Grand Street Settlement Beacon Center as having “exceptional poise and maturity” and “an exemplary role model for our young female participants,” Evanellys enjoys her  free time by working with children at Grand Street and Americorps. She is graduating from the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the fall. She is passionate about being a leader in her own community and teaching others to do the same. 
“Since I was young, I have always find ways to lead people into positive paths.” Evanellys Santos 

Pedro Torres UPROSE, Sunset Park High School '13
From Sunset Park High School is a member of UPROSE and is described as a person of high integrity and candor. He teaches 3rd-5th grade students environmental justice. HE is committed to environmental and social justice. This is evidenced by working on a number of campaigns such as water testing, petitioning for the restoration of public transportation of an over overlooked community, school food justice surveying and organizing a transit riders safety forum. After High School, he plans on pursuing a degree in Architecture and eventually help his community create green housing development options affordable and accessible.
“I hold my education near and dear to me. Having knowledge is power.” Pedro Torres

Cristian Aguilar CHCF, Grace Dodge Career Technical High School ‘13
Spends his free time volunteering at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx. He uses this outlet to be connected to young people that have struggled with language, choosing the right path, and  finding worth in their lives. Cristian became fluent in English after his arrival from Mexico four years ago and soon he will be pursuing a college degree in Business upon graduation from the Grace Dodge Career Technical High  School.
“When you work hard for your dreams, the reward at the end will be better than you expect.” Cristian Aguilar

Cristian Aguilar - Leader of Integrity '13 - UPDATE



CHCF, Grace Dodge Career Technical High School ‘13

CHCF, Grace Dodge Career Technical High School ‘13

“When you work hard for your dreams, the reward at the end will be better than you expect.” Cristian Aguilar

Cristian provided this update in the Fall of 2013:

"I'm planing to graduate from bcc to go to a 4 years college and achieve a bachelor's degree on accounting.

Since I won the scholarship from Dr. Antonia Pantoja Fellowship, I have learned new things that motivate me on a daily basis. I put some of my goals on my wall where I can see them every day. I remember that I didn't gave up when I wrote the essay. I always put in my mind that if I give up now someone is going to get what is mine and if I'm  almost there I'm in pain why should I let somebody else get my reward. Leaders don't give up no matter how hard you get knocked down. It's how hard can you get up and keep moving forward. Pain is only temporary but if you quit before you achieve your dream or goal that pain is going to be for the rest of your life. YOUR future is in your hands and your words. You decide how you want to live. Help others and you will be helped. What you give is what you get.

Thank you Dr. Antonia Patoja for taking leadership when everyone was scared. You separate yourself from the crowd because you knew that was the best for the Hispanic community."


Thank you Dr. Antonia Patoja for taking leadership when everyone was scared you separate your self from the crow because you knew that was the best for the Hispanic community.
Im planing to graduate from bcc to go to a 4 years college and achieve a bachelor's degree on accounting

Darling Gutierrez - Leader of Integrity '13

ASPIRA LBHS, Long Beach High School '13

“Pantoja has taught me that instead of following the norms you have to stand up for what you believe in and act on it.” Darling Gutierrez

Katherine Lopez - Leader of Integrity '13

ASPIRA North Rockland, North Rockland High School '13

 “A leader is not measured by the followers they have, but by the leaders they create.” Katherine Lopez

Fredmary Vargas Leon - Leader of Integrity '13

ASPIRA North Rockland, North Rockland High School '13

 "The skills of listening to and understanding the demands from members and co-officers in your organization are the keys of good leadership.” Fredmary Vargas Leon

Tavita Persaud - Leader of Integrity '13

ASPIRA LBHS, Long Beach High School '13

“I try to encourage the students around me to strive for excellence and tell them that college is a goal everyone should accomplish regardless of their economic status.” Tavita Persaud 

Evanellys Santos - Leader of Integrity '13

Grand Street Settlement Beacon Center, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics  '13

“Since I was young, I have always find ways to lead people into positive paths.” Evanellys Santos

Pedro Torres - Leader of Integrity '13

UPROSE, Sunset Park High School '13

“I hold my education near and dear to me. Having knowledge is power.” Pedro Torres

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