Salsa, scholarships go together

On the Town

June 02, 2010|Ruth Sowby

The Glendale Latino Assn. celebrated the academic accomplishments of Glendale high school students, accompanied by scrambled eggs and salsa at the Hilton Glendale. President Amy Navarrete welcomed her audience of some 80 supporters to the association's annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast on Thursday. Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero offered greetings from the city. Quintero remarked that his family was one of three families that started the association in 1992. Today, it has more than 150 active members.

Party planners extraordinaire but all business at the podium, Nararrete and Immediate Past President Mercy Velazquez awarded 24 students with $18,000 in scholarships, surpassing last year's total by $3,000.

The grateful scholarship recipients were Francesca Valencia from Clark Magnet High School; Christina Galvan, Daniella Vargas, Vanessa Fonseca, Juliana Kim and TaniaSalmeron from Crescenta Valley High School; Gabriela Rodriguez, Cynthia Garcia, Marco Marquez, Magaly Perez and Stephanie Estrada from Glendale High School. Melissa Franco and Taleen Guzman represented Holy Family High School.


Hoover High School presented the largest contingent of scholarship award winners with Nicole Martinez, Jose Ruiz, Claudia Carrillo, Jordan Montejano, Analilia Rodriguez, Timothy Vallejo, Jaqueline, Jessica Ruvalcaba, Sara Ortiz-Cubras, John Rivera and Katherine Brauwer.

VIPs at the breakfast included Glendale Unified School District Supt. Michael Escalante, incoming Supt. Richard Sheehan, Glendale Community College Supt. Dawn Lindsay, school board President Greg Krikorian and school board member Joylene Wagner. The association's "Man of the Year," Damon's Steakhouse owner Patrick Campbell, also put in a welcome appearance.

Elissa Glickman, representing Glendale Arts, presented an art scholarship to budding photographer Christina Galvan. Galvan, a student at Crescenta Valley High School, has a grade-point average of 3.69.

The Glendale Latino Assn. brings together businesses and professionals and promotes activities that improve education.

Proceeds from events and mixers benefit the association's Annual Scholarship Fund.

The girls from the new film "Sex and the City 2" had nothing on the girls attending "Girls Night Out" at the Americana at Brand on Thursday. The agenda included watching the film, exclusive shopping offers, an '80s dance party with DJ Richard Blade, a live performance by '80s cover band Neurotic City and cocktail specials at Americana restaurants.

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