2019 Key Note Luncheon Speaker

Marcos Martinez

Marcos Martinez is the CEO and founder of PODER Academy charter schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has opened multiple high achieving charter schools in Colorado and Wyoming, and his schools have won numerous awards for academic excellence, athletic championships, and overall financial viability. His schools have truly closed the achievement gap, and this is evident from state test scores. Besides for his school administrative history, Mr. Martinez has taught at the secondary and collegiate levels, and he is also a certified fitness instructor. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wyoming.


2019 Scholarship Recipients

 
     
  Andrea Becerra
Andrea Becerra is a 2019 graduate of Central High School. Andrea was a member of FBLA in high school. She will be attending LCCC for two years and major in Natural Sciences. She then hopes to attend the University of Wyoming and then attend Physical Therapy School.
 
     
  Alexa Becerra
Alexa Becerra just graduated from LCCC with an Associates degree in Human Services. Alexa plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in Social Work. Alexa is extremely grateful for HOPE and humbled to be a HOPE recipient. Alexa is thankful for her parents and two sisters, and all the support and motivation they give her in everything she does. She is the recipient of the Richard Montoya Memorial Scholarship.
 
     
  Alexis Baca
Alexis Baca graduated in the Central High School class of 2019. Alexis is studying Pre-Optometry at the University of Wyoming and looks forward to align that with her love of helping people. While Alexis attended Central High School she was involved in multiple clubs and athletic teams. Alexis was the varsity cheer captain and a 4-year varsity cheer letterer, a member of Student Senate, a participant on the golf team and academic letterer. Alexis takes pride in her volunteer work for multiple organizations. Alexis' parents are Clint and Melissa Hanes and Richard and Desiree Baca. Alexis is a recipient of the Trisha Redman Memorial Scholarship.
 
     
  Esmeralda Chacon
Esmeralda Chacon is a continuing college student that just finished earning her associate of health science degree at LCCC and is working on earning her bachelor's in health care administration. Her dream has always been to have a career in the medical field. Her parents are Alex and Fidelia Chacon, and she is thankful for all the support they have given her throughout her college journey. She is a graduate of South high school and is very thankful that HOPE allows her to peruse her dreams.
 
     
  Leah Cruz
Leah is attending Laramie County Community College. Leah says that she has the pleasure of being the mom of a very happy three year old named Luciano. She is starting her 3rd year of college. She just got into the Dental Hygiene Program at LCCC and is very excited to start! She is very thankful for the HOPE scholarship. Thanks to her financial aid she is able to continue her education and still spend time with her family.
 
     
  Karla De La Cruz
Karla is a graduate from Pine Bluffs High school. She plans on attending Laramie County Community College to study Agriculture Business. After she plans on transferring to the University of Wyoming to double major in International Agriculture Business and Agriculture Education. Karla enjoys many activities such as rodeo, showing livestock, and is currently serving as the Wyoming FFA State Treasurer. I high school she was very active in extra curricular activities including FFA, Spanish Club, student council, NHS, yearbook and drama. On her free time she likes to work on a local farm and work with her herd of angus cattle.
 
     
  Marlen Barreras Garcia
Marlen is a 2019 graduate of South High School and is a freshman at Laramie County Community College and is seeking a degree in Criminal Justice. After that she is planning to transfer to the University of Wyoming to get her bachelor's degree. She would like to be a police officer and eventually be a detective. Marlen likes to give back to her community. Her mother is Cecilia Garcia and has two siblings, Daniela and Miguel. Marlen is the recipient of the Martin Esquibel Memorial Scholarship.
 
     
  Brenna Lopez
Brenna is a 2019 graduate of East High School. She is attending Laramie County Community College studying Science in Nursing.
 
     
  Alexis Martinez
Alexis Martinez is a 2019 graduate from East High School. Alexis was apart of the East cheerleading team, the AVID program, and a school mentor through her High school career. Alexis plans to pursue her passion for children by attending Laramie County Community College where she will study Elementary Education, and then transfer to the University of Wyoming to finish up her studies. After college Alexis plans to become a elementary teacher within Wyoming, so that she can give back to her community. Alexis is the recipient of the Steve Lucero Memorial Scholarship.
 
     
  Janessa Miller
Janessa Miller is a 2019 graduate from Central High School. She will be attending the University of Wyoming in the fall to study Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish. She was involved with many clubs like Key Club, FBLA, Nationals Honors Society, Art club, and Wild life club. I also ran cross country, track, and played soccer throughout high school. Jenessa is a recipient of the Trisha Redman Memorial Scholarship.
 
     
 
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