Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos High School Talon
Latina student Estefani Gomez accepts an award from Superintendent Barry Groves.
More than 400 people showed their support for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Latino students at the Latino Student Awards Night April 2.
The ceremony spotlighted and honored Latino students in the district who have excelled in a variety of academic subjects and participated in activities that support a positive school environment.
“It is great for the students to see themselves as successes,” said Jacob Larin, counselor and teacher at Los Altos High School. “It is a wonderful, family-oriented event with a great vibe to it. We are proud of our very diverse community we call home.”
The event featured an awards ceremony with special guests from the community, student and community performances, and a reception.
Speakers at this year’s event included Xavier De La Torre, superintendent of the Santa Clara County Office of Education; Jesus Beltran, Stanford University documentary filmmaker; and Irma Hernandez- Larin, training unit leader at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
“We take so much pride in the achievements of all students,” said Perla Pasallo, Los Altos High assistant principal and event co-organizer. “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.”