Press Release: GALEO Announces Essay Contest Winners for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration at the Capitol on March 30th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2018
(Atlanta, GA) GALEO is proud to recognize the winners for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony. There will be a celebration at the Georgia Capitol on Friday, March 30th.
This year’s ceremony will feature guest speakers such as Georgia Gwinnett College Dean Adolfo Santos, Jerry Gonzalez, and 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 as 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):
- Adult: Irene Diaz-Bazan (Lawrenceville, GA)
- High School: Beth Anderson, The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA)
In second place, we have the following winners:
- Adult: Luis Mercado Rosario (Douglas, GA)
- High School: Nikita Shetty, Houston County High School (Warner Robins, GA)
In third place, we have the following winners:
- Adult: Elizabeth Plasencia (Fayetteville, GA)
- High School: Alykhan Painter, The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA)
Thank you to the GALEO Leadership Council Cesar Chavez Committee co-lead by Alfredo Corona and David Garcia, as well as the full Cesar Chavez Committee for all of their support. Judges for the essay contest included the following: Thalia Escobedo, Lupita Mora, Jennifer Zenteno Pearce, Alexis Garcia, and David Garcia.
We also thank our prize sponsors for helping us reward our winners for this event. Georgia Power Company and GALEO members have donated prizes for all of the essay contest winners. In addition, winners were presented with FOUR tickets to a Braves game courtesy of the Atlanta Braves. And finally, Adult and High School winners will be presented gift certificates (1st-$200; 2nd-$50; 3rd-$25).
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 Georgia Gwinnett College Dean Adolfo Santos and Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.
When: Friday, March 30th, 2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Georgia State Capitol, in Room 403 (located on 206 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30334)