From left: Katherine Aker, Hannah Tikal, Susana de la Torre, and Hector Cardenas were recognized as APS Business and Technology Students of the Year at an April 29 event held at the Community College of Aurora.
Aspiring business and technology students from Aurora Public Schools were recognized at a scholarship reception at the Community College of Aurora on April 29, and four outstanding young people were presented with scholarships toward the college of their choice.
The Aurora Public Schools Business Advisory Board annually selects deserving students and honors them publicly at the event. The Committee comprises a cross-section of business organizations, companies, and individuals throughout Aurora who are dedicated to developing and nurturing APS’ business programs and students.
Scholarships are awarded to students based on their achievement in business classes, along with teacher recommendations. This year’s recipients each received a scholarship in the amount of $500.
“The Aurora Public School system produces quality students through a quality business educational program for those students,” said Karla Adamson-Lesko of CCA’s accounting, business, and computers department and a member of the advisory board. “Their efforts make these scholarships particularly meaningful.”
This year’s recipients are: Hector Cardenas of Aurora Central High School, who plans to further his education at the Community College of Aurora; Katherine Aker, Rangeview High School, who will attend Western Washington University; Hannah Tikal, Hinkley High School, who will attend the University of Northern Colorado, and Susana de la Torre, Gateway High School, who also will attend the University of Northern Colorado.
On hand for the presentations to the students were APS teachers Randy Mills and Kim Reiser of Rangeview High School, Genevieve Bennett and Christi Smyth of Hinkley High School, Raymond Downing of Gateway High School, and Michael Quinn of Aurora Central High School.
Rangeview’s Mills acknowledged that these students are “some of the finest scholars in Aurora Public Schools.” He thanked the parents and grandparents in the room for their support of the students’ academic achievements. “They help give them the foundation for success, and we build on that in our schools,” he said. Rangeview’s Bennett added that there are many individuals and organizations that exist “to help prepare our students to become the leaders we know they can be,” and she thanked the donors who made the scholarships possible: Aurora Central High School, Hinkley High School FBLA, Community College of Aurora Foundation, and Pickens Technical College.