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FWISD Students Recognized For Outstanding Community Service

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