District Holds Fifth Annual Latino Student Awards

The MVLA High School District held its fifth Annual Latino Student Awards Night in the Eagle Theatre at Los Altos High School yesterday, April 2. The event aimed to honor Latino students in the district who have performed exceptionally in various subjects or have participated positively in the community and school-sponsored events.

The event included an award ceremony, special guest speakers from the community, a reception and student and community performances. The guest speakers of the evening were Superintendent of the Santa Clara County Office of Education Xavier De La Torre, Stanford documentary filmmaker Jesus Beltran and Training Unit Leader at the U.S. Government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security Irma Hernandez Larin. Both students and staff looked forward to this annual event.

“We take so much pride in the achievements of all MVLA students,” Assistant Principal Perla Pasallo said. “When the community comes together to recognize the outstanding work of our Latino students, we make a strong statement that every student can meet high academic standards, be a positive role model and contribute to the community. It is very important to celebrate the hard work of our students, families and teachers working together.”

Parents of the honored students were also proud of their students.

“My mom was so happy that I got an award,” junior Maria Montes said. “All she would say was ‘I’m so proud of you, I’m so proud of you.’ I’m glad I was recognized by the district and happy to serve as an ambassador for my culture.”