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Spokeo Honors Latino High School Senior From Dallas with Hispanic Heritage National Youth Award for Technology & Innovation

Written by February 29, 2012

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Telenovela Star William Levy and Six other Recipients also Recognized during Ceremony in Miami

WASHINGTON, DC, February 29, 2012 – Spokeo and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will honor Dallas High School Senior Cristhian Ulloa with the National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award for Technology & Innovation during a ceremony at Bongo’s in Miami on March 1, 2012.  Telenovela Star William Levy and six other high school students will also be honored with the prestigious, 14-year-old leadership award.

The Youth Awardees were selected from 10,000 applicants and hundreds of regional awardees for their achievements in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including Technology & Innovation.  Spokeo, a people search engine, will work with HHF to connect the students to each other during college and careers in an effort to build a supportive network and measure the impact of the young leaders.

“We are thrilled to honor Cristhian with the Technology & Innovation Award given America’s need to compete globally in the important space,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF.  “We applaud Spokeo for shining the spotlight on young innovators who will be leveraged to make an impact on not only the Latino community but the United States.  We are also thrilled that staying connected with past Youth Awardees just got easier and more effective through a partnership with Spokeo as we enter the program’s 15th year.  Spokeo will also help our young leaders stay connected to each other in order to share knowledge, inspire others and build a supportive network for years.”

Cristhian Ulloa has been interested in computers ever since he was a child and is now ready to pursue a career in the field of Software Engineering.  As he continues to enhance his engineering skillset, Cristhian plans to design a new curriculum, which will teach students across the nation one of the many programming languages used internationally.  Boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA and recently named valedictorian, Cristhian was recently featured on CNN as a representative of his high school – the School of Science and Engineering in Dallas – after it was named the top public school in the nation. Cristhian is also captain of his school’s Academic Decathlon and Octathlon teams. Aside from his dreams and academic success, Cristhian also works with his high school’s administrators, assisting in testing and interviewing students applying to magnet schools. He is a member of the National Honor Society through which he has volunteered at the Museum of Nature and Science and raised money for UNICEF. Recently, he even found time to participate in the Mira Lagos Community Run, in which all entrance fees were given to the Mira Lagos Community Church.   As the first member of his Colombian family to attend college, Cristhian would like to major in Computer Science and will choose between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, and Florida Institute of Technology – he has already been accepted to all of the schools.

“Cristhian is the reason why the U.S. still has the capacity to compete globally through technology and innovation,” said Harrison Tang, President and Founder of Spokeo.  “As a fast-growing American technology company, we recognize our duty to help drive that innovation and job creation by investing in our talent.  And, given HHF’s ability to identify, prepare, and create a community of the top talent within America’s fastest growing population segment, Latinos, our partnership simply makes sense.  We will ensure the foundation has the best tool for connectivity through our industry-leading people search technology to continue building out their community.”

• Kimberly Hassel, Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, NY – Business category (attending Harvard University, Georgetown University, Dartmouth College or University of Pennsylvania majoring in Business)

• Melissa Quintana, Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, FL – Community Service category (attending Harvard University, Yale University, or Princeton University majoring in International Relations)

• Cinthya Rodríguez, William Jones College Preparatory High School in Chicago, IL – Education category (attending University of Notre Dame or Northwestern University majoring in Public Policy and Latino Studies – Pre-law)

• Andrew Vazquez, St. Augustine High School in San Diego, CA – Engineering & Mathematics category (attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, or Princeton University majoring in Operations Research Engineering with a minor in        Spanish)

• Virginia Burleson, Louisa County High School in Mineral, Virginia – Healthcare category sponsored by (attending University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, or Georgetown University majoring in Biology and Pre-Med Studies, with a minor in Psychology)

• Jesús Pérez, Chalmette High School in New Orleans, LA – Science category (attending Harvard University, Yale University or University of California in Berkeley majoring in Economics, with a minor in Political Science – Pre-med)

After receiving the awards, Cristhian and the other students will be funneled into HHF’s leadership cycle which includes the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) leadership and workforce development program as the students attend college, enter the workforce and make an impact on their community (join LOFTnetwork.org).  The students will also be featured in multi-media public awareness campaigns as role models to inspire other Latinos and offset negative stereotypes.

The Youth Awards were created by HHF in 1998 as a national leadership program to identify, inspire, prepare and position Latino high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom and community in various categories.  HHF and its sponsors honor hundreds of Latino students across America during regional ceremonies with partner universities in San Jose/San Francisco – Bay Area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Washington, DC, and New York.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit organization which inspires, identifies, prepares and positions Latino leaders for the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  For more information, please visit www.HispanicHertitage.org.

About Spokeo

Spokeo is a people search engine that organizes vast quantities of white-pages listings, social information, and other people-related data from a large variety of public sources. Our mission is to help people find, learn about, and connect with others more easily than ever by providing them access to public data at their fingertips. Visit www.spokeo.com.

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