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Senior portrait of Piedmont High School's Julia Banuelos

Congratulations to Piedmont High School senior, Julia Banuelos, who was selected as one of 300 recipients of a national Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Award. The Youth Awards program honors Latinx high school seniors who excel in the classroom, community and for their excellence in various categories. This year, nearly 30,000 accounts were created for the Youth Awards. From those, three students were selected for each category in 10 different regions across the country. Each awardee will receive a grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue.
This year’s categories include Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Green Sustainability, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Public Service & Social Justice, Sports & Fitness, and Technology. Banuelos was awarded a Gold Medallion for the Healthcare & Science category.

The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to HHF’s eco-system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the Latinx On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. Each Youth Awardee becomes part of the broader HHF network of 200,000+ professionals and fulfill a unique cycle of leadership where we meet America’s priorities in the classroom and workforce.