WEST LONG BRANCH: The 21st Annual Latino Scholarships Awards were presented to ten scholars in Monmouth County as the banquet in their honor celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month.
Violeta Peters, President of the Latino American Association of Monmouth County welcomed the students and five special Honorees as the evening featured entertainment that included a Latin music-themed performance from the Long Branch High School Dancers.
The room was filled with supporters from the business and professional community, the Red Bank and Long Branch Boards of Education, the Long Branch Council, and Monmouth County Freeholders and officials.
Greetings were extended by former Long Branch School District superintendent Joseph M. Ferraina who congratulated the students and said that education starts when the child begins to learn, and is enriched as the child enters the school system.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden led the flag salute followed by the introduction of guests and the presentation of scholarships. All but one was present, as one, Aaron Torres is at the Citadel Military College.
Scholars and their school were: Elizabeth Castrillon , Brookdale CC; Yoselin Corella, Brookdale and now on toe Richard Stockton; Gabriella Lugos Valverde, Brookdale before continuing afterward; Jonathan Malke, Brookdale and on his way to a CPA career; Pedro Martinez, Brookdale wit his eye on a State Police career; Veronica Perez at Brookdale and looking to continue; Lizeth Raigosa, at Georgian Court University after her Brookdale graduation; Mariella S. Reyes at Brookdale looking ahead to nursing; and Jocelyn Rojas, in Bus Admin at Brookdale and planning to go further.
The opportunity that Brookdale brings has played a positive part in these students continuing on with their education, and was recognized by the speakers as the ceremony went on afterward to Honoree Joyce Jenkins for her dedication and accomplishment in her nursing career. She is the recipient so many awards attesting to her contributions.
Honoree Suzanne Keller of Manalapan was recognized for her successes in marketing and in Red Bank Regional HS youth services program, SOURCE now in its 15thyear.
Gary S. Linington was honored for his many accomplishments while at the VNACJ Community Health Center in Asbury Park and other locations before including leadership in State programs.
Batty and Jorge Rod were honored for their many accomplishments, the last being the establishment of the non-profit National Association for the Advancement of Latino People.
President Peters acknowledged all for their "collective effort, building towards the future."