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La Joya ISD College and Career Readiness Summer Awards

Posted Date: 09/09/2022

La Joya ISD College and Career Readiness Summer Awards



La Joya ISD College and Career Readiness Summer Awards


La Joya ISD is proud to announce the recipients of the many prestigious awards from the department of College Readiness. These students have worked diligently to ensure they succeed in this program opportunity. The recipients are for the categories and students name are listed as follows:


National Hispanic Institute:

Twelve high school students were recognized for the honorary distinctions they received while participating in The National Hispanic Institute Program, which seeks to develop their leadership skills as future community leaders via the Texas Great Debate, The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, and The Collegiate World Series events.

National Hispanic Institute ’s Award Recipients

Award Recipients:

Audrey Brown- Jimmy Carter ECHS

Top Athenaeum Speaker

Emilia Vega- La Joya HS Academy

All State Member- Cross-Examination

Merari Uribe- Palmview HS

2nd Place Oratory

Award Recipients:

Mariana Castillo- Jimmy Carter ECHS

Nominee for Most Distinguished Representative & Best Debater in the House of Representatives

Jesus Menchaca

Nominee for Most Persuasive Representative & Nominee for Best Author of a Resolution in the House

Isabella Ramirez- Palmview HS

Nominee for Best Author of a Resolution in the House

Noah Casas- Academy of Health Science Professions

Winner for Best Author of a Resolution in the House

Angela Gonzalez-La Joya HS

Supreme Court Justice & Nominee for Most Outstanding Member of the Supreme Court

Daniela Flores- Jimmy Carter EC HS

Supreme Court Justice

Award Recipients:

Evelyn Trevino-Jimmy Carter ECHS

Interview Finalist

Aliza Rodriguez- Thelma Salinas ECHS

Hall of Fame- Team Austin College

Melissa Cantu- La Joya High School

Hall of Fame- Team St. Mary’s College



UTRGV GEAR UP College in ACTion! Grant


Pharmacy and Phlebotomy Tech Program 

Twelfth grade students from La Joya HS and Juarez Lincoln HS were recognized for taking a course to prepare them for either the Phlebotomy Technician or the Pharmacy Technician certification exam. These students took on rigorous course work and engaged in hands-on activities to prepare them for the certification exam they complete when they complete high school.


Phlebotomy Tech

Certification Course

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Pharmacy Tech

Certification Course

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MED Camp

A second group of twelfth graders were recognized for participating in the MED Camp program in which the students interested in medical or health careers engaged in workshops and activities directed by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and UTRGV. At the closing ceremony, these students received a certificate of completion, a white lab coat, and a UTRGV portfolio.

During Summer Med camp closing ceremony, each student received awhite coat, a UTRGV portfolio, and a certificate of completion.

  students names

    students names


GEAR UP NCEPP Youth Leadership Summit 

Two student and their parents from Juarez Lincoln HS and La Joya HS were selected to participate in the Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. where they learned tools to support them in their journey as future community leaders. Their parents engaged in the Parent Leadership Institute where they learned to create lasting learning environments using David T. Conley’s 4 Keys of College Readiness Framework.


National GEAR UP Conference NCCEP

Youth Leadership Council Summit

Juarez-Lincoln HS

Danna Gonzalez- Student Jose Gonzalez- Parent

La Joya HS

Gabriella Flores- Student Georgina Flores- Parent



 Region One GEAR UP College Ready, Career Set! Grant

Four Eleventh grade students from Juarez Lincoln High School were recognized for participating in the prestigious Junior Clinical Research Institute with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance where they engaged in hands-on activities such as robotic surgery, blood draw, liver fibro scan, etc. In addition, they were certified in Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association and published a manuscript in DHR proceeding.


Juarez-Lincoln High School GEAR UP 

11th Grade Students

Jennifer Agustin 

Galilea De Leon 

Cassandra Maldonado 

Alvaro Martinez 

Region One Pathways to the Future Grant:

Twenty-three 8th grade students from Garcia MS, Chavez MS, and Memorial MS were recognized for participating in UTRGV’s Engineering Concepts, Design, Coding, and Smart Manufacturing Camp or the Renewable Energy Productions/Storage, Data Science, and Experimental Design Camp where they engaged in activities to stimulate their interest in the manufacturing and renewable energy fields.


Middle School

*Alfredo Olvera *Jorge Luis Pena *Ayden Ramirez *Kevin M. Reyes

*Anthony J. Vaquera

Irene Garcia Middle School

*Bailey Bermea *Karen Campos *Andreya Cantu *Sarai Gonzalez

*Yazmin Martinez

*Samantha Rodriguez

*Carla Teniente *Kimberly Valdez

Cesar Chavez Middle School

                                                 *Aaron Ponce *Mauricio Quinonez *Liani Rodriguez *Miguel Angel Valdez 


Middle School

Damian Becerra Scarlett Castellanos Eliyel Hernandez

Jorge A. Hernandez Ayleen Nunez Isai A. Rodriguez