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June 14th, 2011
Grijalva Honors Graduating Seniors and 8th Graders With Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Community Service

Tucson, Ariz. – As this year’s academic graduation season comes to a close, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva congratulates the recipients of the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Community Service for the work they put into making Southern Arizona a better place. Although Grijalva’s office has previously awarded Seventh Congressional District residents with the certificate, this marks the first year the office has offered the award to graduating high school seniors and 8th graders who have demonstrated outstanding and valuable service to the community.

The office awarded 14 8th graders and 18 seniors from the Seventh Congressional Districtthis year. Grijalva and his staff have been touring the district and making presentations to students being recognized personally at the awards ceremonies.

Recognized students include:

Katrina Arroyos of Sunny Side High School

Mireya Ayala of Chaparral Middle School

Evelyn Becerra of San Luis Middle School

Myrka Cano of Sierra Middle School

Vanessa Castenada of Gila Ridge High School

Crispin Chavira of Ampitheater High School

Billie Ciotti of Castle Dome Middle School

Valeria Cooper of Nogales High School

Caitlynn Cowan of Centennial Middle School

Jaime Crocker of Kofa High School

Banpreet Dhaliwal of Raul Castro Middle School

Diego Figueroa of Apollo Middle School

Arelina Flores of Teenage Parent Program (TUSD)

Luis Garcia of Amphi Middle School

Geraldine Guillen of Howenstine High Magnet School

Michael Guyer of Cholla Magnet High School

Vivian Latvala of Calabasas Middle School

Evelyn Mendez of Ajo Elementary School

Holly Milnerof Little Red School

Maileth Ortega of Coatimundi Middle School

Aaron Padilla of Challenger Middle School

Austen Pearce Desert of Wind Middle School

Drazen Pena of Sacaton Middle School

Valeria Peña-Quijada of Tucson High Magnet School

Sheng Qin of Parker High School

Ryann Quick of Rio Rico High School

Ernesto Quintana of Altar Valley Middle School

Arlinne Rodriguez of Wade W. Carpenter Middle School,

Sonora Rogers of Ajo High School

Juan Salcido of Antelope Union High School

Gabriela Serrano of Desert View High School

Dayanara Sixkiller of Baboquivari Middle School

Mathias Valenzuela Baboquivari of High School.

“I was truly impressed by each of these studentsand the way they represent the best of public service,” Grijalva said. “Their dedication to their peers and communityset an example to be followed.”

The students were recommended by the counselors, principals, and administration of their respectiveschool district.

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