SMHS students net four major honors at state LULAC convention

SMHS delegates Zach Sambrano, Saysamone Manyseng, Brian Delgado, Skylar Silva, Jon Delgado and Alana Zamora, pose with LULAC Texas State Director Elia Mendoza (sitting) at last weekend’s LULAC State Convention in San Antonio. (SMCISD photo)

From Staff Reports

SAN ANTONIO — All the hard work and dedication from the 36 members of the San Marcos High School chapter of LULAC recently paid off, as the school’s delegates brought home four major awards, including “Council of the Year,” from last weekend’s state convention in San Antonio.
Receiving individual recognition were junior Brian Delgado as the newly elected Youth State Treasurer, junior Skyler Silva (who received the “LULAC Young Man of the Year” award, given to the male youth member who excels in community volunteerism) and junior Jon Delgado, who received the “Mr. LULAC of the Year” award as the male who most embodies the LULAC code.
As a council, the SMHS group brought home the “Scrapbook of the Year” plaque for best recording of the council’s activities that exemplify the missions and goals of LULAC.
According to delegate Alana Zamora, SMHS won the “Scrapbook of the Year” award last year for both the state and progressed to win the same honor at the national convention.
Zamora said to be considered for the “Council of the Year” award, group members should attend and participate in the state and national youth conventions; host state and/or national conventions; attend and participate at other youth council events/project/programs; receive LULAC community awards and recognition; be involved in community service projects and for every member to hold a LULAC office outside of the council.
The League of United Latin American Citizens. (LULAC) is the nation’s oldest Hispanic advocacy organization, and was formed in the 1930’s in response to civil rights abuses against Hispanics.
“The mission of LULAC is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States,” Zamora said.
One of the group’s current focuses is on immigration reform. Youth are trained to take the lead on reforms, and use high-tech campaigning and social media.
“The LULAC Youth is an entity designed to carry forth the work of LULAC at a teenage level and to serve as a training base for its members through social, civic, sports, and parliamentary activities,” Zamora said. “The focus of the LULAC Youth program is the development of young people in bettering themselves and their community through positive educational experiences.”
The award recipients at the state level now advance to the National Convention competition. Seven SMHS council members will attend the 84th Annual LULAC National Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 17-22.
San Marcos High School LULAC council members include: Amber Alaniz, Rene Arroyo, Briana Avila, Amanda Barrientos, Victoria Davila, Crystal DeLeon, Brian Delgado, Jon Delgado, Joseph Dolan-Galaviz, Olivia Espinoza, Ian Gonzalez, Samantha Govea, Stephanie Hernandez, Mario Loera-Pinales, Alexis Longoria, Saysamone Manyseng, Jenny McGinty, Amber Mendoza, Michelle Mendoza, Leandra Narvaiz, Joel Nieto, Elijah Perez, Gaby Perez, Ana Pina, Enrique Pina, Christian Reyes, Grisel Rios, Natalia Rivera, Hizzeth Salinas, Zachariah Sambrano, Delmy Saucedo, Emily Sierra, Skylar Silva, Isabel White, Alana Zamora and Felicia Zuniga.