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District 27J Hispanic Advisory Council awards scholarships, lifetime achievement awards

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON — The School District 27J Hispanic Advisory Council awarded its Lifetime Achievement awards and high school scholarships during its annual dinner and auction April 11 at Prairie View Middle School.

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Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Anthony Espinosa and his son, Joseph Espinosa. Anthony has dedicated his professional career to ensuring students of migrant families have the opportunity to receive an education and works as the School District 27J migrant advocate. Joseph, a talented architect, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Brighton Housing Authority.

The Hispanic Advisory Council presented 11 deserving 27J high school seniors with $1,000 college scholarships. Scholarship recipients were: C’elle Cordova (Prairie View High School); Arianna Delgadillo (Brighton Heritage Academy); David Diaz (Brighton High School); Carleigh Garcia (Brighton High School); Antonio Salazar (Brighton High School), Samuel Jackson (Brighton High School); Halley Lind (Prairie View High School); Ryan Loaiza (Brighton High School), Megan McLaughlin (Brighton High School), Julysa Mendoza (Brighton High School); and Nathan Morales (Brighton High School). 

The HAC also recognized 16 certified and 16 classified district employees for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of students.

The annual scholarships are made possible through the support of several generous community sponsors. They include: Valley Bank & Trust, City of Brighton, Platte Valley Medical Center and United Power. The scholarships are also supported through personal employee donations as well as a live auction that took place during the event.