While many newly minted grads are prepping for college, Antonio Hernandez is preparing for his role as president.
The 2012 Dozier-Libbey Medical High graduate was recently named president-elect for the National HOSA: Future Health Professionals at the 35th national conference in Florida.
The Antioch student will represent thousands of HOSA members nationwide, serving for the next two years.
This is the first time a California student was been elected to this prestigious office.
Hernandez said the announcement was a "phenomenal surprise."
"I feel so privileged to be supported by so many individuals and to have the chance to give back to an organization that has done so much for me," he said.
Cyndi Soraoka, adviser and instructor, said HOSA is the nation's premier professional organization for future health care professionals.
"This is a huge honor for Dozier-Libbey," she said. "Antonio worked hard to be elected by his HOSA peers and will be a great service leader."
The road to president is long and complicated. The process includes support from the school district and the state adviser, a test, interview, speech, a Q-and-A session, and a voting process -- and, that's all before the even more challenging national portion can begin.
As president-elect (for the first year) and then president for the following, Hernandez will serve on a national board, "giving a voice to more than 140,000 students
In addition to that big role, there's a small matter of attending a wee university by the name of Stanford in the fall "with a projected economics major on a pre-med track." Thankfully, Hernandez said, "this organization understands that it is supporting future health professionals and in order to join the healthcare field, education is extremely important."
"He is a wonderful student," said Diane Gibson-Gray, school board member. "I have enjoyed watching the beginning of this journey ... and see many more accolades in his future."
CAPITOL CAMPUS: Mt. Diablo district students, along with about 200 other middle-schoolers, recently hit the steps of California's state capitol.
They joined Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, along with lawmakers to "call for expanded summer learning opportunities and STEM education for all California children," according to a news release.
Riverview Middle School was one of several attending the event marked National Summer Learning day with activities led by Summer Matters, the statewide program set to "increase access to quality summer learning programs." The day included a rally at the capitol, demos, some hands-on learning activities, a picnic lunch and tours with their state reps.
National Summer Learning Day celebrates the "importance of summer learning programs and their effectiveness in preventing student 'learning loss' and engaging low-income students in meaningful educational enrichment activities." For more info, visit http://summermatters2you.net.
ART ON DISPLAY: Loads of students displayed their artwork at the recent Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch. And, according to teacher Annemarie Baldauf, Riverview Middle had the most entries and handmade books. Each student (either in a semester-, quarter- or yearlong advanced art class) had at least one entry in the fair.
Baldauf said about 100 students received first place ribbons, 225 placed second and 250 got third place. Thanks to the big wins, the Bay Point school's art department earned $550 worth of art supplies.
"Some years students don't get any ribbons, but this year each student got a ribbon."
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