2017 Key Note Luncheon Speaker

Author Denise Vega

Denise Vega was born in Seattle, WA, but has lived most of her life in and around the Denver, CO area. She is an author, writing coach, and "creative cheerleader," exploring and supporting the many ways we pursue our dreams both through her books and in her interactions with the writers she works with in class and one-on-one. Her teen novel, Rock On, follows high school guitarist and singer Orion Taylor who must overcome his own fears and self-doubt to pursue what he wants. Denise has a B.A. in Film & Television from UCLA and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She is on faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is a Young Adult Mentor for the Regis University MFA in Creative Writing Program where she loves to support and encourage writers of all kinds.

One of her favorite family experiences was visiting relatives in El Cercado, a small town south of Monterrey, Mexico with her dad, aunt and uncle years ago. Even though she doesn't speak Spanish and few of them spoke English, everyone managed to communicate with each other. She enjoyed walking the plaza and seeing how many "Vegas" were around!

Denise loves French fries, dark chocolate and avocados (but not together) as well as hiking, running, and reading´┐Żand she's not a fan of cheese. Find out more at www.denisevega.com


 

2017 Scholarship Recipients

 
     
  Alexa Becerra
Alexa Becerra is currently a senior at Central High School. She plans to attend Laramie County Community College and play soccer for LCCC for two years, later transfer to the University of Wyoming where she wants to major in either Social Work or Elementary Education. Alexa's parents are her motivators and inspiration for furthering her education because of all the sacrifices they have made for her and her two younger sisters. Alexa is extremely proud of her Hispanic heritage, and as a young Latina, she hopes to always strive for the best and to accomplish all her goals. Alexa will be the first in her family to pursue a college degree.
 
     
  Esmeralda Chacon
Esmeralda Chacon graduated from South High School in 2016 and is currently attending Laramie County Community College.  Her parents are Alex and Fidelia Chacon.  She plans to major in Biology and then later attend medical school.  She is thankful for all the continued support from her friends and family on her educational journey.
 
     
  Japheth Frauendienst
Japheth Frauendienst is a student at the University of Wyoming, who will begin his sophomore year in the fall of 2017. Japheth is a double major in Environment and Natural Resources as well as, Environmental Systems Science with a minor in Sustainability. Japheth's involvement with the university government through his freshman year culminated to him earning the position to solely represent the College of Environment and Natural Resources, next year as a Senator on ASUW Student Government. He is deeply committed to serving on Recognized Student Organizations such as 7220 Entertainment, Sustainability Club, ASUW Government, and Student Outreach and Policy. Japheth is always actively looking for ways to spend his time in furthering his education and helping others, as well as his community.
 
     
  Daniel Garcia
Daniel Garcia is a current student at Laramie County Community College where he just finished his first year. He is majoring in Business and Finance, and Construction Management. He is also a 2017 recipient of the Wyoming Congressional Award. Daniel is aspiring to transfer to the University of Wyoming, where he plans to get a degree in architecture. Daniel has always enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and give back to his community. His parents are Lolo and Patricia Garcia, and he has a younger brother named David.
 
     
  Dayton Jimenez
Dayton Jimenez is graduating from South High School where is has been involved in Community Day.  He has enhanced his feelings toward college by becoming a mentor for underclassmen and sharing his experiences with them.  He will be attending the University of Wyoming and majoring in Civil engineering.  He is the son of Jessica Gonzales. (photo not available)
 
     
  Tyler Lucero
Tyler Lucero is a senior at Central High School.  He is going to attend the University of Wyoming this Fall and major in Finance.  He is an avid fisherman, skier, and loves to snow machine.  He is currently a Meals on Wheels Driver and a Road to Recovery Driver for the American Cancer Society.  He is planning on continuing both of these services in the future
 
     
  Sydney Montoya
Sydney Montoya plans on playing volleyball and attending LCCC in the fall of 2017. She hopes to triple major, getting degrees in Interior Design, Business Management, and Instructional Coaching. Sydney hopes to open a small business in New York eventually, and live out her dream! 
 
     
  Troy Moore
Troy Moore is a graduating senior at East High School. He has been involved in marching band, jazz band, tennis, AVID and Mariachi 307. He wants to help young Hispanics go to college. He plans on going to the University of Wyoming to major in secondary education to become a history teacher and minor in music. He has lettered in 3 years of band and 2 years of varsity tennis. He would like to thank his mother Shirley and his dad Michael for helping him in pursuing his dream of becoming a history teacher. 
 
     
  Junuenth Morales
Junuenth Morales is the daughter of Leticia Morales. Junuenth ran cross country, outdoor track, and indoor track throughout high school. She is enrolled in the IB program. This hard working Latina is also in the Congressional Award and recently received the bronze and silver medal, now she is on her way to earning her gold medal. Junuenth will be attending the University of Wyoming this fall in the hope of becoming a lawyer. 
 
     
  Patrick O'Hare
Patrick O'Hare is a senior, currently attending Cheyenne Central high school. He will start the path to attaining a business finance degree this fall at the University of Wyoming. As an Eagle Scout Patrick is involved in his community, over the past five years, he has accumulated over 700 hours of community service. Patrick is very thankful for his friends and family that have inspired and helped him along his path to graduating high school, and he hopes that they will also be by his side during college graduation. 
 
     
  Catalina Pedroza
Catalina Pedroza is a sophomore at Casper College transferring to the University of Wyoming for her bachelors in education. At Casper College, she was involved in many clubs and organizations. Such as a Casper College Ambassador, Student Senator, involved in the Casper College music program, Phi Theta Kappa honors society, and the Honors Program. When she completes her bachelor's, she will be applying for the Peace Corps where she will be able to spend two years abroad in a Latin American country. When she comes back, she will want to teach a few years before striving for her Master's degree in Counseling. She has always dreamed of working with students in the classroom and watching them grow as individuals. She hopes to gives students many opportunities to find their passions and make monumental achievements.
 
     
  Allen Pino
Allen Pino is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming.  He is majoring in Communication with a minor in Marketing. He is currently an assistant coach at East High school for the Speech and Debate team. He travels all over the state and the nation with the team. His goal is to help others find their voice. After he graduates, he hopes to help the community that has helped him become the person he is today.
 
     
  Connor Redman
Connor Redman recently finished his freshman year at Laramie County Community College, Albany campus in Laramie.  Connor is planning to major in Social Work.  He earned a 3.75 GPA his first year in school.  Connor's parents are Scott and Ann Redman, and he has a younger brother named Grant.  Connor will play baseball for Cheyenne Post 6 this summer.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He is very appreciative and humbled to be a recipient of the HOPE scholarship. 
 
     
  Amada Simental
Amada Simental is attending the University of Wyoming, majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. She would like to study abroad in Latin America or Europe. Amada is very thankful and excited for what lies ahead. She is especially thankful for the support of her parents and friends.
 
     
  Isaiah Tafoya
Isaiah Tafoya was born and raised in Cheyenne. He grew up on the South Side of Cheyenne and graduated from South High School in 2015. He just finished his fourth semester at Laramie County Community College, earning a 3.0 GPA for the Spring 2017 Semester. Isaiah is studying Exercise Science with plans to obtain a Bachelor's Degree to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Outside of academics, Isaiah has been boxing for 11 years and currently competes in local, regional, and national competitions. He plans to turn professional in the sport of boxing in the future but wants to earn his Bachelor's degree first. He will finish up his Associate's Degree in the Fall of 2017.
 
     
  Lincoln Trujillo
Lincoln Trujillo, son of Jocelyn Trujillo, graduated from Western Nebraska Community College with AS, will continue my education at University of Jamestown in North Dakota to get my bachelor's in physical therapy and continue on to get a master's in physical therapy.
 
     
  DesiRae Vigil  
DesiRae Vigil I just finished her first year at Laramie County Community College. She is majoring in Psychology with a social work emphasis. Her older sister has always been a great role model so she is focused on being a good role model for her younger brother. DesiRae says her family is very supportive and is always there when she needs help or advise, and I couldn't do it without them by my side.
 
     
  Tanner Weekly
Tanner Weekly will be graduating in May 2017 from Cheyenne East High School. Tanner was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has accepted a partial scholarship to play baseball at Doane University, a private school in Crete, Nebraska. He is considering majoring in Education in History or Social Sciences. Tanner participated in the "We the People" competition.  This contest is an extension of his AP U.S. Government and Politics class. He led the team in earning the honor of "Award of Merit" for an outstanding unit at the State competition.  He also attended the Washington D.C. Close-Up political education program. Tanner has been in baseball for 13 years. In addition to the local team, he has played with a national organization called Baseball Factory, playing in
 
     
  Danielle Aldana
Danielle Aldana is at the University of Wyoming in the Education program. She has a year and a half left and intends on doing her student teaching the year of 2018. Danielle will graduate in May of 2018. She plans to stay in the State of Wyoming to teach and give back to the community.
 
     
  Angel Antunez
Angel Antunez is a graduating senior at South High School. He has been involved in many clubs such as Skills USA, FBLA, DECA, Safe School Ambassadors and other programs like Mayor's Youth Council and Youth Alternatives. His parents are Mario and Rosa Antunez and he has 3 siblings ages 19, 15 and 10. Angel is planning to attend Laramie County Community College and hopes to obtain a degree in Business Finance. He eventually wants to be an entrepreneur.
 
     
  Esmeralda Chacon
Esmeralda Chacon is a graduating senior at South High School. She has been involved in theatre, National Honor Society, and was a part of the graduation committee. Her parents are Alex and Fidelia Chacon. She is planning on attending LCCC for two years and then transferring to the University of Wyoming in hopes to obtain a degree in Biology. She eventually wants to attend medical school and have a career in the medical field. She is very thankful for all the support her friends and family have given her throughout her schooling so far.Nicolas Chavez is a sophomore currently attending the University of Wyoming. He is majoring in Physiology with the goal to have a career in medicine. Nicolas says his family is a huge factor in pushing him to succeed. They are his biggest supporters and critics, keeping him honest, humble and hardworking. This is his 2nd year as a HOPE Scholarship recipient.
 
     
  Nicolas Chavez
Nicolas Chavez is a junior at the University of Wyoming. Over the next academic year Nicolas will be studying abroad in Mexico. At the University of Wyoming he is majoring in Physiology and minoring in Spanish in hopes to pursue a career in medicine or healthcare. His parents are Nicole and Victor Chavez.
 
     
  Richard Cruz
Richard Cruz is a senior currently attending the University of Wyoming. He is majoring in Criminal Justice to become a Secret Service Federal Agent. With many things in his life to push him to succeed, all of which he has a high and equal value to, one of the things is his family. Even though he knows they are already proud of him because of the accomplishments he has achieved over the years, such as serving in the National Guard, spending two tours, one in Kuwait and one in Qatar, and being accomplished in soccer, baseball, golf, and football in both high school and college, he still always wants to make them even more proud. This summer he will be doing an internship with the Highway Patrol starting in June. He will also be attending training in Guernsey where he will instruct aircrew member essential skills on how to survive on land and water. He looks forward to continuing his educational career with the goal of becoming a Federal Agent.
 
     
  Anthony Farmer
Anthony Farmer is a senior at the University of Wyoming. He is pursuing dual degrees in Economics and Political Science. He has been involved in ASUW student government, the UW Honors Program, Golden Key International Honors Society, UW Multicultural Affairs, and the UW chapter of Mortar Board. His parents are Brian Farmer and Rachel Martinez, and he has 2 little sisters. This past fall he interned in Washington, DC for Senator Enzi. He is attending the University of Glasgow, in Scotland this fall, and has been accepted into a concurrent Master’s degree program within UW's Political Science department. He hopes to work in the public sector, in the areas of government budgeting, tax reform, or electoral reform.
 
     
  Isabela Farmer
Isabela Farmer is a 2016 graduate of Central High. She will be attending the University of Wyoming in the fall to study Nutritional Science. Isabela has been involved in music and theatre throughout her high school career. She was recently awarded the National School Choral Award for outstanding student in choral music, has been selected multiple years for All Northwest Choir and All State Choir. She will also be competing in a National theatre competition this summer.
 
     
  Japheth Frauendienst
Japheth Frauendienst is a senior at East High school. He plays competitive baseball for the Cheyenne Mustangs and enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and climbing Colorado 14ers. His parents are Joe and Elsa Frauendienst, and he has 2 siblings ages 16 and 21. Japheth will be attending the University of Wyoming this fall and will be majoring in Natural Resource Systems to later become a Water Resource specialist.
 
     
  Daniel Garcia
Daniel Garcia is a graduating senior at East High School. He has been involved in Skills USA, DECA, Football, Indoor and Outdoor track and also the International Baccalaureate program. His parents are Lolo and Patricia Garcia, and he has a younger sibling who is 15. He is planning to attend Laramie County Community College and later attending the University of Wyoming where he hopes to obtain a degree in Business and Finance. Daniel eventually wants to be a business owner and a political figure in his community.
 
     
  Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia is a graduating senior from Pine Bluffs High School. He has been involved in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for the past four years. He has been recognized as an All-State athlete and was the 2015 2A Cross Country champion. He will attend Gillette College in the fall to pursue a degree in secondary education and be a part of their cross country program. Jorge thanks his parents for surrounding him with the Spanish language; Jorge eventually plans to become a Spanish teacher so he has the opportunity to share the language and culture with others.
 
     
  Annissa Ibarra
Annissa Ibarra is a fourth semester nursing student at LCCC and an outreach student attending UW. Her goal is to obtain her Bachelors of Science in nursing and continue on for her Masters. She is originally from Texas but currently resides in Wyoming with her husband, who is in the military, and their two dogs. Annissa is the third of four children to continue on for a higher education. In the future she plans to offer scholarship money to our future students as the HOPE scholarship has done for her.
 
     
  Elisia Kohute
Elisia Kohute is a continuing college student. She works for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center as a CNA. She got accepted into the LCCC Nursing Program and will begin classes in the fall. She will continue with her education at The University of Wyoming for her Bachelor's degree.
 
     
  Dixon Maggard
Dixon Maggard is a pre-med physiology major at the University of Wyoming and just completed his junior year. He has aspirations to go on to ophthalmology school to become an Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgeries. Dixon has already made a big step in that direction by being a part of shadowing programs in Kentucky and Port Harcourt, Nigeria.Carly has been in band for 9 years and, during these years, she has been a part of honors band for 2 years as well as participating in multiple district and city honor bands. In addition to band Carly has participated in cheerleading with Cheyenne Central High School for 2 years, and swimming and diving for 1 year. One of Carly's non-competitive extra-curricular activities is Safe School Ambassadors, of which she has been a member for 4 Years. She also has been an active member in her church and has altar served at St. Mary's Church for 10 years. In college, Carly plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education because she believes"Education is the best step you can take in this journey called life."
 
     
  Carly Ortiz
Carly Ortiz just finished her first year of college at LCCC. She is in the process of receiving her degree in Criminal Justice. After college, Carly plans to become a probation officer for the State of Wyoming. Carly says that she wouldn't be able to accomplish this without the support of her family and friends..
 
     
  Karen Caraveo Perez
Karen Caraveo Perez‘s parents are Jaime Caraveo and Yoly Perez. She has two siblings ages 8 and 21. She graduated from South High School last year and just finished her freshman year at Laramie County Community College. Karen hopes to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice and become a lawyer. She is thankful to be chosen as a HOPE Scholarship recipient.Jeff Salinas is currently a seruor at Central High School and is graduating this year. He has lived in Cheyenne for 7 years and is originally from Ft. Myers, Florida. Jeff participates in track where he is a 6-time letter recipient and State Champion. He plans to attend Hastings College where he will study Exercise Science and run track and field. At Hastings College in Nebraska he he plans on working towards earning his Master's Degree and become a physical therapist.
 
     
  Connor Redman
Connor Redman is a graduating senior at East High School. He has been involved in East High football, G-team as well as currently playing baseball for Cheyenne Post 6. His parents are Scott and Ann Redman. He has a younger brother named Grant who is 14 years old. In the Fall, Connor is planning to attend Laramie County Community College in Laramie, WY. He hopes to obtain a degree in Education and someday become a teacher.
 
     
  Dominic Sanchez
Dominic Sanchez is a graduating senior at Central High School. He has been involved in FBLA, Basketball, Track, and DECA. His parents are Chris Sanchez and Marci Sanchez, and he has 2 siblings ages 1 and 11. He loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting. Dominic says that his family always comes first and they are the most important thing in his life. He is planning to attend LCCC and study pre-pharmacy, eventually transferring to UW to obtain a Pharmacy degree. Dominic wants to be a Pharmacist.
 
     
  Amada Simental
Amada Simental plans on attending the University of Wyoming, majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. She would like to study abroad in Latin America or Europe. Amada is very thankful and excited for what lies ahead. She is especially thankful for the support of her parents and friends.Madison Stumpf is a Central High graduate and is currently attending Bellevue University on a soccer scholarship. She is studying business administration in hopes of owning her own business one day. Madison would like to thank her parents for always pushing her to do her best and for helping her become the person she is today.
 
     
  Isaiah Tafoya
IIsaiah Tafoya was a graduate of South High School in 2015 and has lived on the South Side of Cheyenne his whole life. He is known in his community for his boxing accomplishments. Isaiah now attends Laramie County Community College. He is a current member of the Cheyenne Boxing Club and recently won the Rocky Mountain Regional Golden Gloves in April. He will be competing in the National Golden Gloves this month. Isaiah's parents are Domonic and Rachelle Tafoya and he has a 10-year old sister named Angelina. Isaiah is planning to take courses at LCCC in the summer and in the fall of 2016, and is studying Exercise Science. He made the President's Honor Roll at LCCC. Isaiah hopes to earn his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and become a strength and conditioning coach. He also wants to continue his boxing career while earning his degree.
 
     
  Preston Thurin
Preston Thurin was a freshman at Laramie County Community College this past year. He will be attending Chadron State College in the fall majoring in Special Education. He will also be playing football for the CSC Eagles. Preston would like to teach school in a rural area where he can make a difference in kids' lives. He would like to remain in the area so he can continue to help on the family farm in the summers.
 
     
  Brooke White
Brooke White is a junior currently attending the University of Wyoming. She is majoring in International Studies and Political Science. She is involved with various clubs on campus and also works part time at the University of Wyoming Police Department. Brooke will be taking advantage of the University’s exchange program by studying abroad for the next year in Strasbourg, France. She hopes to improve her language skills and knowledge regarding European politics while living abroad. Brooke wants to thank her family for their continuous love and support. This is Brooke’s 3rd year as a HOPE Scholarship recipient.Lincoln Trujillo, son of single mother .Jocelyn Trnjillo. Lm-cs baseball and will be going to Western Nebraska Community College on a baseball scholarship. Lincoln plans to study either Kincsiology or Engineering. He hopes to become a physical therapist in the future. He would also like to progress to playing Division One Baseball.
 
     
  Kaitlyn Vite
Kaitlyn Vite is a senior at East High School.  She plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in Kinesiology and Health.  Kaitlyn will be the first of her family to attend college and one of her main motivations for success is her family.   Even if it is completing a small task or challenge, she wants to be able to say that she completed them with all her efforts and did her best work.
 
     
  Brooke White
Brooke White is a senior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  She is staying with her aunt who is currently stationed there.  She plans to return to Wyoming and attend UW, majoring in International Studies.  Brooke has always been her worst critic and constantly pushes herself to improve in all aspects of life.  She was raised to believe that with determination and hard work, she can do or be anything she chooses.  She holds herself accountable for her own actions because her family depends on her.  She wants to be a positive role model for her tight-knit extended family, showing them that success is possible.
 
     
  Austen Williamson
Austen Williamson is a senior at Central High School.  He plans on going to college in Madison, Wisconsin, dual-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship.  Experiencing many hardships himself, he is most proud of his grandpa, Don Damian, who was a hardworking self-made man, who started from nothing working on a ranch and eventually rising to owning thousands of acres and cattle of his own in the Mora Valley with the help and support of the Hispanic community.  Austen recalls many great memories on his grandpa’s ranch and sees it as a reminder that great things can be accomplished with the support of a strong community.  Austin currently manages his own business, AW Waterscapes, and has built 3 waterfalls on his own.
 
     
  Amber Vigil
Amber Vigil is a junior at the University of Wyoming.  She will be attending as a Senior in 2014-15, majoring in Early Childhood Development.  She already has an Associates from Laramie County Community College in Education.  She plans to run her own pre-school when she finishes school.  Amber follows in her father’s footsteps in obtaining a higher education and she would like to see her younger brother and sister follow in her footsteps as well.
 
     
  Andrew Valdez
Andrew is a senior at the University of Wyoming majoring in Civil Engineering.  Andrew is employed by the State of Wyoming Department of Transportation.
 
     
  Lisa Spradlin
Lisa is a sophomore at the University of Wyoming majoring in Nursing.  Lisa works at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center as a CNA.
 
     
  Jamie Spradlin
Jamie is a freshman at Laramie County Community College majoring in Education.  Jamie is employed at LCCC Discovery Center.
 
     
  Damon Pineda
Damon is a sophomore at Laramie County Community College majoring in Wind Technology.  Damon is active in the Wind Smith Club.
 
     
  David Mendoza
David is a senior at East High School and is planning on attending the University of Wyoming majoring in Wildlife Management. 
 
     
  Domonique Martinez
Domonique is a sophomore at Laramie County Community College and plans to attend the University of Wyoming majoring in Pharmacy.  Domonique is working at Cheyenne Health Care Center and is also a Lab Tech at Laramie County Community College.
 
     
  Dixon Maggard
Dixon is a senior at East High School and is planning on attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces majoring in Optometry.  Dixon is active in baseball.
 
     
  Elisia Kohute
Elisia is a sophomore at Laramie County Community College majoring in Nursing.  Elisia is active in the dance group “Flores de Colores”.
 
     
  Martin Garcia
Martin served in the U.S. Air Force and after being honorably discharged, Martin is now pursuing a Radiological Technician certificate. 
 
     
  Sierra Galicia
Sierra is a senior at East High School and is planning on attending the University of Wyoming majoring in Engineering to become a Biomedical Engineer.  Sierra is active in competitive softball and community service.
 
     
  Genice Frescas
Genice is a senior at Central High School and is planning on attending Laramie County Community College.  Genice is active in community service.
 
     
  Rudy Flores
Rudy is a sophomore at the University of Wyoming majoring in Business Administration.  Rudy is busy working two jobs in addition to attending school full time.
 
     
  Reina Flores
Reina is a freshman at the University of Wyoming majoring in Chemical Engineering.  Reina is active in women’s rugby.
 
     
  Alicia Estorga
Alicia is a sophomore at the University of Wyoming.  She has a double major, majoring in Social Work and Spanish.  Alicia is active in intramural sports.
 
     
 

Danielle Aldana
Danielle is a senior at Central High School and is planning on attending Dodge City Community College in Kansas majoring in Secondary Education.  Danielle is active in competitive softball.

 
     
 

Chelsey Lynch
Chelsey is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Development.  Chelsey has been active in cheerleading and enjoys attending cultural events.

 
     
 

Deacon Maggard
Deacon is currently a junior at the University of Wyoming majoring in Architectural Engineering.  Deacon is a member of Engineers Without Borders

 
     
 

Cameron Aris
Cameron is a senior at Central High School.  He is active in volleyball and National Youth Leaders of America.  Cameron will be attending Missouri Valley College majoring in athletic training.

 
     
 

Paula Bascus
Paula is a senior at Triumph High School.  She has been spending her time completing clinical labs for the Certified Nursing Assistant program.  Paula will be attending Laramie County Community College and would like to complete the CNA program and also become a translator.

 
     
 

Ethan Gancze
Ethan is a senior at East High School.  He is active in basketball and Young Authors.  Ethan will be attending Laramie County Community College majoring in general studies.

 
     
 

Marcela Means
Marcela is a senior at Central High School.  She is active in soccer, violin and viola and biology science.  She will be attending the University of Wyoming majoring in biology.

 
     
 

Alexis Moralez
Alexis is a senior at Central High School.  She is active in volleyball and basketball.  Alexis will be attending the University of Wyoming and her major is undecided at this time.

 
     
 

Alexandra Mullikin
Alexandra is a senior at East High School. She is active in the young author program.  Alexandra will be attending Laramie County Community College majoring in psychology.

 
     
 

Sara Leach
Sara is an East High alumn who is currently attending the University of Northern Colorado and majoring in Recreation and Tourism. Sara has maintained a 3.4 GPA and is actively involved in M.E.Ch.A. Sara has also been an active participant and mentor for the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference, serving as an inspiration to Latinas in our community. Sara says her grandparents serve as her motivation; she is proud of her heritage and respects all the challenges they faced migrating to the United States to improve their life and giving her the opportunity to achieve a college education.

 
     
 

Maya Martinez
Maya is a Central High School alumna and will be returning to the University of Wyoming as a Senior, majoring in Social Work. She plans to attend graduate school to further study Social Work with an emphasis in child welfare in the clinical practice setting. She is a member of the UW cross country/track team and has recieved numerous scholarships while in college. She says the HOPE scholarship has been very beneficial and the extra financial assistance is wonderful because it helps pay for tuition/fees or books. She encourages all Hispanic college students to apply because it both assists financially and offers the opportunity for the HOPE scholars to become involved in the various HOPE charity events.

 
     
 

Liz Mondragon
Liz is a Central High School alumn who is currently attending the University of Wyoming and majoring in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. Liz has maintained a 3.2 GPA and is actively involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma as the Risk Management Officer, as well as SPURS. Liz says that her parents help motivate her to succeed and that as Hispanic community we need to serve as a support system for all those who are struggling to meet their needs.

 
     
 

Roman Chavez
Roman is currently a senior at Triumph High School. Roman aspires to attend LCCC and major in Entrepreneurship as well as minor in Music Production. Roman has volunteered for Needs Inc. as well as being actively involved in writing and singing his own music. Roman is deeply devoted to his music and performing for others. According to Roman, “We should look to the future not as a question of whether or not we are different, but in fact how we can work together and strive to meet the same goals.”

 
     
 

Maria De Herrera
Maria is an East High alumn who is currently attending LCCC and majoring in Nursing. Maria was accepted into the nursing program at LCCC and began her first semester this spring. She has maintained a 3.0 GPA. Maria is a single-mother, and balances the responsibility of motherhood with school as well as volunteering at her son’s pre-school, participating in her church’s outreach program, and has recently traveled to Temoaschi, Chihuahua Mexico, her father’s hometown, to volunteer as a CNA for those in need. Maria is the first person in her family to attend college, and realizes the struggles her parents have faced for her to be successful and educated.

 
     
 

Jordan Garcia
Jordan is currently a senior at East High School. Jordan aspires to attend the University of Wyoming. Jordan has maintained a 3.97 GPA while also participating in golf. Though Jordan is unsure of what he will major in this fall, but is an outspoken champion of education. Jordan said, “To continue to support each other as a Hispanic community, there must be an increase in the number of educated Hispanics.”

 
     
 

Marina Harris
Marina is currently a senior at East High School. Marina aspires to attend LCCC to attain her goal of becoming a nurse. Marina has maintained a 3.5 GPA while being captain of the East High Dance Team, volunteering regularly at the VA hospital, and tutoring her peers. Marina is an All-American athlete, a title she competed for among many talented dancers, and also received the Character Counts award at East High School, awarded to students who possess excellent character and sportsmanship. Marina said her family serves as her motivation, and anytime she has struggled her grandmother would tell her, “si se puede, mija” and that those words have always been encouraging for her and will be for the rest of her life.

 
     
 

Timothy Lara
Tim Lara is currently a senior at East high School. Tim has maintained a 2.8 GPA, and aspires to attend Oklahoma State University to minor in Applied Science, Diesel and Heavy equipment Tech-MHC Kenworth. Tim is active in FFA, 4-H, People of Color, Link Leaders, and the Catholic Youth Organization. Tim will be the first person in his family to pursue an education beyond high school.

 
     
 

Crystal Martinez
Crystal be attending LCCC as a Junior, majoring in Pre-law. While attending high school, Crystal participated in DECA, Close-up, Co-op, Gear-up and the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference. Crystal works full time at the Bureau of Land Management, is a full time student, an active member at St. Joseph's and has volunteered at nursing homes and the Comea Shelter

 
     
 

Christopher Martinez
Christopher is currently a senior at Central High School who aspires to attend the University of Wyoming and major in Accounting. He has maintained a 3.86 GPA while participating in FBLA, Basketball, and working a part-time job. Chris’ inspiration to achieve is his mother who has worked hard to support him emotionally and financially to reach his educational goals. Christopher says, “Getting a higher education is the number one priority in his life so far,” and sees education as the key to his own success in the future.

 
     
 

Izaak Mendoza
Izaak is currently attending the University of Wyoming while concurrently enrolled in the Art Institute of Colorado. He is a student in the UW honor's program. He is a member of the Multicultural Affairs Program. He is a member of the Blue Knights Marching Band and has been recognized on the National Dean's list. Izaak has been actively involved with HOPE, assisting with the HOPE Stars Program and was the keynote speaker for the 2009 HOPE Stars Award Reception.

 
     
 

José Vasquez
Jose is currently a senior at East high School. Jose aspires to attend Eastern Wyoming College and major in Welding and Joining Technology with a minor in Machine Tool Technology. Jose has maintained a high GPA and is involved in FFA, The Wyoming High School Rodeo Association, and the National High School Rodeo Association. Jose is currently a dedicated and competitive bull rider, and is motivated to succeed every time he battles with 1500lb bulls that do everything in their power to try to buck him off. Jose feels that the battles fought by Cesar Chavez have paved the way for Hispanics, “we need to continue to support each other as a Hispanic community and support all people of all races until we are all equal.”

 
     
 

Roxanne Vigil
Roxanne is an East High School alumn who is currently attending the University of Wyoming majoring in International Studies. Roxanne has maintained a 3.6 GPA and has studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is currently studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile. Roxanne has the long-term goal of attending law school in Spain and aspires to become an ambassador one day. According to Roxanne, “Each person must make goals and succeed…it only takes one person or organization to change the perspectives of others.”

 
 
         
2010 Hope Banquet
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