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(L to R): David Chaparro, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science; Sophie Alderete, McKinney Boyd High School; Cristian Sigala, Green B. Trimble Technical High School; and Jaime Stolear, ExxonMobil; at the Dallas Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Honors Outstanding Local Student

McKinney Boyd High School senior awarded scholarship for engineering talent

McKinney Boyd High School senior, Sophie Alderete, received a silver award from The Hispanic Heritage Foundation. She was one of 21 award recipients at the Dallas regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony on November 15. As the silver medalist in the engineering category, sponsored by ExxonMobil, Alderete was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to support her plans to pursue a degree in Geosystems Engineering at University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University or University of Texas Arlington.

Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latinos to lead in the classroom, community and workforce.

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, leadership, community service, category focus and an essay about the important role their heritage played in their success.