Elgin Group Awards Latino Scholarships

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Byline: Anna Johnson

Twenty-five years ago, when Elgin Club Guadalupano awarded its first scholarships to Latino students, it only gave out two.

Throughout the years, this number has grown to 20.

"This program has really just grown," said Judy Cabrera of Club Guadalupano. "It is just absolutely fabulous."

On April 27 at Villa Olivia County Club in Bartlett, Club Guadalupano will present its 25th Latino Awards Banquet.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner, the awards presentation and dancing. Tickets are $45.

High school seniors from the Elgin area will receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to $700 that have been awarded based on achievement in academics, community service, leadership and/or athletics.

"It's wonderful to showcase the kids who exceed, not just meet, expectations," Cabrera said. "I am absolutely amazed by what students are doing."

The following students will receive their scholarship honor in various categories from Club Guadalupano next week:

Zoilo Santiago Memorial Awards for Academic Achievement

- Vanessa Arguello of Bartlett High School

Arguello is a high honors student who ranks in the top 2 percent of her graduating class of 719 students. In addition to her regular studies, Arguello completed the Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program and currently works as a nursing assistant in a local nursing home.

Arguello dreams of becoming a doctor. As the first in her family to attend college, the Bartlett High senior plans to attend either Loyola University or University of Illinois as a pre-medicine major in biology and Hispanic studies.

- Barbara Leo of Bartlett High School

Leo is a high honors student in the top .0152 percent of her class. She is member of both National Honors Society and French National Honors Society.

As a member of the school's science, engineering and technology academy, Leo has taken almost all honors and Advance Placement courses.

Leo is not only a certified lifeguard, but a certified nursing assistant and spends her summers working as a life guard, swim instructor and at a local nursing home.

Leo plans to major in pre-medicine and minor in English literature at the University of Illinois with the hope of becoming a physician.

- Emily Orizondo of St. Edward Catholic High School in Elgin

Orizondo is a high honors students with a 4.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, a member of National Honors Society and a recipient of the a Presidential Scholarship from DePaul University, where she plans to attend this fall and major in business.

In addition to class work, Orizondo is a member of St. Edward's service groups, the Spanish and Math clubs, a Sherman Hospital volunteer and recipient of the Elgin Police Chief's Appreciation Award.

- Melanie San Miguel of Larkin High School in Elgin

San Miguel ranks in the top 5 percent of her class of 472 students, is vice president of National Honors Society, a sports writer and an All-conference athlete.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief of her school's yearbook, San Miguel writes for the Daily Herald as a high school and neighborhood sports and plays tennis, basketball and softball.

San Miguel plans to pursue journalism in college and with a double major in communications and Spanish.

William Castillo Memorial Award for Community Service

- Lizette Arreola of Streamwood High School

Arreola is a high honor student and has had perfect attendance throughout high school.

During her four years at Streamwood, Arreola has participated in a number of activities including: vice president of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), H.O.M.E. a school-based community organization, setting up P.A.D.S. sites for the homeless, reading stories to bilingual students at local elementary schools and regional winner of a marketing research plan. …