GALEO Announces Essay Contest Winners for their 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration at the Capitol on March 31st

GALEO Announces Essay Contest Winners for their 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration at the Capitol on March 31st
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2017

Media Contact:

Jerry Gonzalez
Executive Director, GALEO
Email:  jerry@galeo.org

(Atlanta, GA) GALEO is proud to recognize the winners for the 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony. There will be a celebration at the Georgia Capitol on Friday, March 31st.

This year’s ceremony will feature guest speakers such as Georgia State Representative Brenda Lopez (HD 99), Emmanuel Diaz with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraterinty, Inc., and Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.

The purpose of the ceremony is to honor civil rights legend, Cesar Chavez, and increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America. Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers Union. He remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday, March 31st, is officially recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. GALEO supports the movement to create this date a national holiday in honor of Mr. Chavez.

We are honored to announce the following winners of this years’ contest (winning essays are linked below):

In second place, we have the following winners:

Adult:  Sandy Chavarria (Doraville, GA).
ESOL: Isabel Rosillo, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).
High School: Melissa Medrano, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).

In third place, we have the following winners:
Adult: Megan King (Warner Robins, GA).
ESOL: Christian Rodriguez Hernandez, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).
High School: Andrew Christian Oglesby (Stone Mountain, GA).

Thank you to the GALEO Leadership Council Cesar Chavez Committee co-lead by Leri Argueta and Rigo Rivera, as well as the full Cesar Chavez Committee for all of their support. Judges for the essay contest included the following: Claudia Trillo, ESOL Teacher at BB Harris; Susan Jordan, ESOL Teacher at BB Harris; Juceliz Batista, College Coach at Beyond 12; Marie Cruzado, Teen Center Director at LaAmistad, Inc; Rosy Gomez, Academic Degree Program Coordinator at Emory University.

We also thank our prize sponsors for helping us reward our winners for this event. Georgia Power Company has donated prizes for all of the essay contest winners.  Adult winners will be presented Best Buy gift certificates while high school students would be presented with Amazon gift certificates (1st-$150; 2nd-$30; 3rd-$20).

What: Cesar Chavez Day at the Georgia Capitol

Who: Public is invited. Essay contest winners will read the essays and we will also have comments from Rep. Brenda Lopez, Emmanuel Diaz with Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraterinty, Inc., and Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017 from 11am to 12:00 pm

Where: Georgia State Capitol, in Room 216 (located on 206 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30334)

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