June 16, 2000
By Dan Muñoz
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 2842 has announced their 15th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday June 24, 2000 at the Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California.
The festivities will get underway at Twelve Noon when this
year's Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms. Sally Lowery, invites
all 45 Scholarship recipients, their families & friends, along
with the program presenters, speakers, and guests of honor, to
the luncheon feast that will await them.
This year LULAC's guests will be pleased to have Mr. Manny Aguilar as their Guest Speaker. Manny will be immediately recognized by the students as `one of them'! He is an outstanding role model of one that never has forgotten his people. Even though he is the Director of External Affairs for the San Diego County, for the Pacific Bell Corporation, one of the highest ranking Latino employees, at PacBell, he never has forgotten or ignored his roots. "Es Mexicano con todo su corazon".
Pacific Bell has employed Manny Aguilar for over 19 years. He did not start at the top but began his career in 1980 as a Plant Service Clerk. It didn''t take long for Manny to realize that he needed a better education than he had if he expected to get anywhere in life. He did what he hopes many of the students here today will do... he went to college and earned his Bachelors Degree (1986). Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to position of Manager in the Operations Department! He quickly rose through the ranks.
Throughout his career, Manny kept one eye out for his community. He became deeply involved in the struggle in local grass roots organizations and fought against the worse evil that plagues our communities... drugs. He and the community groups he worked with, worked with city government and law enforcement groups to eradicate that twin headed evil in our barrios.
In 1989 Mr. Aguilar transferred to the Ethnic Markets Group where he took the position of Managing Supervisor the Hispanic Center. At this point in his career, it became apparent that he had to return to college and go for his Masters Degree. He entered graduate studies at the University of Redlands where he earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1996.
On June 16, 1997 Manny was promoted to his current position as Director/External Affairs San Diego County. In his assignment, Mr. Aguilar included among his area of responsibilities the Hispanic, Asian, World Trade, and the Small/Minority Business Communities.
Beatrice Estrada, President of LULAC Council 2842 informed La Prensa San Diego that the following students have been selected to receive the awards after being recommended by their school site Counselors and following interviews by the LULAC screening committee:
Eagle Achievement Adult Scholarship
Montgomery Adult School: Maricela Lou
Community Health Group Continuing Scholarship
Gail L. Fernandez-U.C.Berkley
George J. Quillopo-SDSU
Technológico de Baja California
Carlos Ernesto Payan
High School & Middle Schools
Bonita Vista High: Aracela Lopez
Castle Park High: Caesar S. Rangel
Chula Vista: John Espinoza
Eastlake High: Denise Silva
Hilltop High: Karla Sanchez
Mar Vista High: Slene Preciado and Vanessa Araujo
Montgomery High: Evelyn Lopez
Southwest High: Angelo Quillopo
Sweetwater High: Carolina Venegas
Mar Vista Middle: Jorge R. Altamirano, Eric Cornwall and Diana Lopez
Presenting the awards:
Stacey Baca (KNSD 7/39), Jim Dierker (Coast Distributing), Hector Molina (KBNT-TV- 19), Manny Aguilar (Pacific Bell), Tom Rodriquez (Mens' Wear House), Carlos Mendez (Home Depot), Dave Holqin (Home Depot), Sylvia Lynn (Target Stores), Gabriela Johnston (XLTN), Dr. Charles Steinberg (PADRES), Carlos Cesena (CHG), Phyllis Muñoz (Asst. Principal, Nicoloff Elementary).
Luncheon tickets are $20.00 and may be reserved by calling 423-5014 or by mailing your reservation by mail to: LULAC, PO Box 84872, San Diego, Ca. 92138.
Tickets will also be available at the Hotel.