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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Mendoza named national award winner

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Marco Mendoza, of Ft. Stockton, has been named a United States National Award Winner in Leadership.

This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.

Mendoza, who attends Ft. Stockton Middle School, was nominated for this national award by Nancy Hayter, a science teacher, at the school.

Mendoza will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

"Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America's history. Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement," said Dr. George Stevens, Executive Director of the United States Achievement Academy.

The Academy selects USAA winners upon the exclusive recommendation of teachers, coaches, counselors, and other qualified sponsors and upon the Standards of Selection set forth by the Academy. The criteria for selection are a student's academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability and recommendation from a teacher or director.

Marco is the son of Marcos and Connie Mendoza of Ft. Stockton.

Grandparents are Marcos and Georgia Mendoza of Pecos and Natividad Ybarra of Ft. Stockton.

Castillo recognized at Sul Ross

A Honor Convocation was held Monday, April 14, at Sul Ross State University.

Kevin Castillo of Balmorhea was recognized with a plaque for highest average and for completing and showing great promise for intering the accounting field.

He was also awarded the West Texas National Bank Business Administration scholarship.

Proud parents are Reyes and Linda Castillo, brother, Jeff and sister-in-law, Paty.

Philanthropy club plans donations

Odessa College's Students in Philanthropy Club is getting ready to donate approximately $17,000 to several local non-profit organizations.

SIP students raised the money through an SIP fund-raising event and a matching grant from the Abell-Hanger Foundation.

The SIP Club is a collaborative effort between the Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Hext Family Foundation and OC. Up to 20 eligible students are responsible each year for making grants to organizations that best address concerns of the program participants. Sip members also benefit by being eligible for a scholarship from the foundations.

The awards ceremony will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at OC in the Options Gallery located in the Learning Resources Center.

For more information, contact the club's secretary Tamara Cleere at 559-2207.

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