The 21st Leo C. Benavides Award winners were recently announced, and 17 Fort Worth ISD are among the 45 recipients.
The Benavides Award, presented by Challenge of Tarrant County, recognizes a student from nearly every high school in the county who’ve exhibited outstanding volunteerism and servant leadership in the community. This year’s winners were recognized at an April 17 dinner at the Fort Worth Club.
“The award recognizes youth who daily demonstrate incredible empathy, compassion and kindness to teachers, friends, neighbors and strangers,” according to literature from the Challenge of Tarrant County. “These students take the time to listen, time to understand, time to problem solve, and time to, as Gandhi put it, literally be the change. They are acting as mentors, champions, advocates and friends.”
The award is named for the late Mr. Benavides, a former member of the Because We Care Board of Directors and Tarrant County Medical Alliance executive director, who was an advocate of youth in the community.
The Fort Worth ISD students presented with the Benavides Award are:
Ainsley Bond, freshman, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
Eunice Cardona, senior, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Luis Chabes, senior, Young Men’s Leadership Academy
Tyrne Cole, senior, Eastern Hills High School
Anthony De Maria, senior, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
Steffy Elie, senior, South Hills High School
Estrella Franco, senior, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
Yamira Lazcano, senior, Trimble Tech High School
Julieta Martinez, senior, Southwest High School
Randa Musa Alidan, freshman, International Newcomer Academy
Serena Nguyen, senior, Western Hills High School
Thu Pham, senior, Paschal High School
Sydney Rodriguez, senior, Carter-Riverside High School
Gabriela Salas, senior, North Side High School
Cassidy Steel, junior, O.D. Wyatt High School
Par Sung, senior, Polytechnic High School
Jailyn Willis, senior, Arlington Heights High School