Students, community leaders recognized

ROCHESTER — More than 20 Latino students and several community leaders were recognized during Hispanic Heritage events held last month.

José Vázquez was honored as a Latino of Positive Influence during the Oct. 25 Latino Gala at the Harro East ballroom, according to information from the city’s Hispanic Heritage Month committee. Vázquez, a New York State Police officer for three decades, currently serves as a zone sergeant

Also during the gala, Kevin Bonilla, a senior at the Robert Brown School of Construction & Design, received the Dr. Emeterio M. Award for his academic achievement, and Roberto Burgos Sr., who recently retired as the city’s senior community housing planner, received a community service award.

The Rochester City School District honored students who received a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher during a ceremony held at central office on Oct. 24, according to information from the district.

Additionally, several people received awards for their leadership and service: Kevin Vázquez, Roberto Clemente award; Stephanie Medina, volunteer youth award; Bonilla, academic excellence achievement award; Debora McDell-Hernández, volunteer education award; and Luisa Baars, community service award.

Delegates and staff from the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers’ Union East honored Maria López, a longtime certified nursing assistant and union leader, for her work in fighting for social justice during another Hispanic Heritage celebration in October.

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