Washington, DC - WHAT: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), sponsors, Congressman Jody Hice, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Congressman Antonio Cardenas, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, Congressman Joaquin Castro, business leaders, and national Latino leaders will honor Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” star Anthony Gonzalez for serving as a source of inspiration for youth, seven high school seniors from across the United States – including from DC – and a parent at the 19th Annual National Youth Awards. Singer/Actress Catie Waters will perform a special version of America the Beautiful at the ceremony on Capitol Hill, which is being filmed for broadcast on Vme TV.
WHO: The seven National Youth Awardees were selected from more than 200 Regional Awardees and more than 10,000 applicants. Students were chosen for their leadership in the classroom and community and for their focus on the categories. Awardees include:
· Business & Entrepreneurship, presented by BBVA Compass: Yanik Ariste, Miami, FL
· Community Service, presented by Colgate-Palmolive Company: Ryan James Solis, El Paso, TX
· Education, presented by Southwest Airlines: Adriana Marie Rosario, Dacula, GA
· Engineering & Mathematics: Luis Gonzales, Pharr, TX
· Healthcare & Science, presented by CVS Health: Isabella Lorence, Bethesda, MD
· Media & Entertainment, presented by NBC Universal | Telemundo, Luna Rain Garcia, Los Angeles, CA
· Technology, presented by Google – Catalina Rafaela Sanchez- Maes, Las Cruces, NM
· Parent Award, presented by Pearson – Parent of one of the recipients will be announced at the ceremony
WHEN: February 7th, Registration/Reception 9:30 – 10:30 am, Ceremony 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Building, Room 215, Constitution Ave and First St, NE, Washington, DC
About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects innovative Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org). Follow HHF on Facebook and Twitter.