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Graduates of the Program

Latinas Learning to Lead Class of 2006



 

MAYRA J. ANGEL, from Danville, Kentucky is a sophomore attending Centre College and majoring in Foreign Languages and International Studies/Public Policy. She was selected because of her community service record which includes tutoring at local elementary and high schools, serving as the college representative at the Boyle County Library fundraising campaign, creating a clothes drive initiative to donate at the Centro Latino and other locations, and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity as Vice President of her college’s chapter.



 

MARTHA BARRAGÁN, from East Palo Alto, California is a sophomore attending Foothill College and majoring in Sociology. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: positions held within the Student Government such as the Marketing Director and the Vice President of Activities, among others, serving as Co-Chair of the Latino Heritage Month Planning Committee, volunteering in her church and at the Stanford Medical School Blood Center.



 

EVA BONILLA, from Denver, Colorado is a junior attending the University of Denver and majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: her involvement in the Reform Plan for North High School, Earth Force coach at Bryant Webster, and Padres & Jovenes Unidos.



 

JULIE CACERES, from Lake Oswego, Oregon is a junior attending Portland State University and majoring in International Studies with a focus on Latin America. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: participating with the Pre-Law Society, volunteering with the Governor’s Youth Summit, interning at the D.A.’s office, being the MC for the Gritalo Soy Latino annual event, and participating as a member of the Peruvian-Association Oregon Leadership Institute.



 

KARLA CORDERO, from New York, New York is a senior attending Fordham University and majoring in Political Science and Economics. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: participating in the NY AIDS Walk since 2000, NY Cares, and the Asthma Walk, volunteering for ASPIRA of New York, Inc., and acting as the facilitator and staff member of the Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute.



 

MERCEDES GARCIA, from Green Valley, Arizona is a senior attending the University of Arizona and majoring in Journalism and Sociology. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: instructing at the Pima Community College Adult Education Civics Citizenship classes, translating, working as and a publicity coordinator for the Continental Community Council, and teaching English to children in Costa Rica through the I-to-I World program. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and the Sociology Club.



 

BRIDGETTE GOMEZ, from Phoenix, Arizona is a senior attending Arizona State University and majoring in Secondary Education (Mathematics). She was selected because of her community service record which includes: serving as a Project Leader at the Salvation Army Mind Wizards, as well as the lead intern teaching mathematics to children through ASU’s Service Learning Program, and the Volunteer Coordinator for a multicultural honors society at ASU. She also reads to children and promotes literacy at UMOM’s homeless shelter, encourages students to reach for higher education by participating in student panels for high school students and visiting local high schools around the valley, and cleans up the community through ASU’s Community Service Program.

 



 

RAQUEL GUDIEL, from Bell, California is a sophomore attending The College of Saint Benedict and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Political Science. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: the ILEAD Fellowship, the Student Coalition for Global Solidarity, the Fast Forward Youth Program. She also served as the Cultural Affairs Board Representative, and participated in the Social Justice & Service Community.



 

REBECCA DORLY JUAREZ, from Richfield, Minnesota is a sophomore attending Bethel University and majoring in Engineering and Spanish. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: serving as a member of Richfield High School’s National Honors Society, leading Asian Christian fellowship at Bethel University, and providing tutoring and homework help at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis.




 

IDALIA LECHUGA-TENA, from Albuquerque, New Mexico is a senior attending the University of New Mexico and majoring in Economics and Political Science. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: serving as the treasurer of Young Democrats of New Mexico, and participating in her community in Mexico, New Mexico, Europe and Asia.



 

KRISTI LOZANO, from El Cerrito, California is a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles and is majoring in mathematics. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: math and science tutor for the Metas program at Contra Costa College and extensive tutoring for Contra Costa College & Middle College High School.



 

EVA C. MADRIGAL, from Prescott, Washington is a junior attending Washington State University and majoring in Human Development. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: volunteering for the Vista Hermosa Day Camp, Odd Fellows Assisted Living Center, Vista Hermosa community, Washington State University Child Care Center, and Vista Hermosa Elementary School.



 

NATALI NAVARRO CAZAREZ, from Topeka, Kansas is a sophomore attending Washburn University and majoring in Biology. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: being a member of the BetaBetaBeta National Honor Society, being a member of the Honor Dean’s List, and being a member of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization of Washburn.



 

ASAIA PALACIOS, from San Antonio, Texas is a senior attending the University of Texas and majoring in Latin American Studies and Government. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: volunteering in London for Toynbee Hall, planning a 3-day LULAC conference for Latino high school students, and mentoring children.



 

STEPHANIE PEREZ, from Arvada, Colorado is a junior attending Regis University and majoring in Communication and Spanish. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: the Annual Drug Free Youth Conferences held at Ranum High School, the INROADS Summer Clothing Drive, and the Ellen L. Torres Food Bank.



 

MELISSA SAN MIGUEL, from San Francisco, California is a junior attending the University of California at Berkeley and majoring in Political Science. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: interning for Hispanics in Philanthropy, fundraising to build and develop schools in India, and reaching out to Latino high school students informing them about higher education through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Berkeley Chapter.



 

DAISY SANCHEZ, from Santa Ana, California is a sophomore attending the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: teaching a confirmation class at Newmann Catholic Church in Berkeley, tutoring children in elementary schools, teaching science at the Discovery Science Center, promoting school spirit with the University’s Rally Committee, and organizing a march against the violation of civil rights.



 

ANTONELLA SCARANO, from Miami, Florida is a sophomore attending Miami Dade Honors College majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: founding the trilingual story time at her local public library, volunteering for Kids in Distress, the Miami Children’s Museum, the Coconut Grove Arts festival, the Miami International Book fair, and the Gus Barreiro Toy Drive.



 

PAOLA TINTA, from Sterling, Virginia is a junior attending Johns Hopkins University and majoring in International Relations and Psychology. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: spending a summer raising funds and volunteering at a children’s center in Ecuador, volunteering through her sorority, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lamda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., volunteering for La Organización Latina Estudiantil at her University, and leading and participating in various projects specifically catered to the Latino Community.



 

LAURA TORRES, from Phoenix, Arizona is a senior attending Arizona State University and majoring in Environmental Engineering. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: mentoring kids at Friendly House, acquainting high school students with ASU through Sparks, volunteering as a team leader for ASU Cares community events, Devils in Disguise, and the Cesar Chavez Day of Service.



 

ANGELA TREVINO, from Rowlett, Texas is a senior attending the University of Oklahoma and majoring in Business Marketing. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: contributing time at a high school to talk to students about college and volunteering for a book drive for Hurricane Katrina victims.

 

JESSICA YOOS, from Lakewood, Colorado is a senior attending Colorado State University and majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She was selected because of her community service record which includes: Traffic Education and Enforcement Program Appeals Board, Student Legal Services Advisor at CSU, Turning Point Youth and Family Center, Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kids Night out, and the Colorado Health Fair.