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Premio a la Excelencia

Banco Popular Foundation celebrates 10 years of Academic Excellence Award

Honoring the strong commitment of its founder, Fundación Banco Popular with the consultancy of the College Board, Puerto Rico and Latin America office (CBPRLA), created in 2005 the Rafael Carrión, Jr. Academic Excellence Award. The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize and reward the efforts of our youth to achieve excellence in their academic performance, introduce them as role models and highlight the values that make these achievements possible.

Banco Popular Foundation recently celebrated the ninth Rafael Carrión, Jr., Excellence Awards. This award, established in 2005, aims to encourage, recognize and reward young people through their efforts towards levels of excellence in scholar achievement.

This year, Foundation granted 100 awards for a total of 900 since the inception of the award. The students winning the scholarship receive a sculpture from Luis Torruella, Puerto Rican artist and a cash prize of $1,000.

As in previous years, the winners were selected on the advice of the College Board Office of Puerto Rico and Latin America.

The College Board Office for Puerto Rico and Latin America uses the following methodology for the selection of the award-winning students:

1.  The student must be a candidate for graduation this year.

2.  The student must have taken the Pruebas de Evaluación y Admisión Universitaria (PEAU) during the two years prior to the high school graduation date. (*)

3.  The student must have obtained a total score in the PEAU (sum of the 5 tests) of 3,250 or more.

4.  The student must have taken and passed two (2) or more of the four (4) tests of the Advanced Placement Program in grades eleven or twelve.

5.  The results of the pre-selected candidates will be ranked based on the highest scores in the Advanced Placement Program Tests as a first criterion, and their scores in the PEAU as a second criterion.

6.  Awards will be distributed in proportion to the population of senior students, by educational region and type of school (public and private).

(*) If during this period the student has taken the test more than once, the highest score will be applied.

“Education is an integral component of the development of our youth and these students are an example of what you can academically achieve with commitment and perseverance. At Fundación Banco Popular we believe that education is the key to our future, “said Beatriz Polhamus, director of the Banco Popular Foundation.

This year, the group of young students received a special message from scientist Yajaira Sierra Sastre, who currently teaches nanotechnology at the State University of New York and is currenty in persuit of becoming the first puertorrican female austronaut.

As in previous years, the Foundation rewarded an educator as a source of inspiration for his or her students, it is the students themselves who nominate a professor that motivated them to work beyond academics. Professor Mara Morales García, from CIMATE in Caguas, was the awarded professor during the ceremony this year. The professor was nominated by student Jorge Joel Acevedo Rico, who described Morales García as a teacher who motivated her students to get involved in scientific research, marine life investigation & blog writing.

Awarded Students – 2014

Name School Town
Abimelec López Pérez Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera Utuado
Adriana Díaz Marty Colegio Rosa-Bell Guaynabo
Alejandro Augusto Rovira Cruz TASIS Dorado Dorado
Alexandra Carolina García Aponte Escuela Miguel Meléndez Muñoz Cayey
Alexandra Marie Maldonado López Escuela Ramón José Dávila Coamo
Alexandra V. Ocasio Milanés Colegio De La Salle Bayamón
Ana Rosa Cebollero López Southwestern Educational Society Mayagüez
Andrea López Alonso The Baldwin School Guaynabo
Aneudy D. Cruz Guzmán Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera Utuado
Ángel Carlos De León Camps Escuela Florencia García Las Piedras
Ángel J. Valentín Rodríguez Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Antonella Rodríguez Santana Academia del Perpetuo Socorro San Juan
Azlín Zoé Cortés Nazario Escuela Luis Negrón López Sabana Grande
Benjamín Bravo Villarroel Piaget Bilingual Academy Manatí
Carolina Cardona Serrano Colegio Católico Notre Dame Caguas
Carolina Isabel Burgos Pagán Escuela Dr. José N. Gándara Aibonito
Carolina Paredes Cuevas Escuela Luz América Calderón Carolina
César Javier Seda Rosado Colegio Santa Rosa Bayamón
Christopher Alicea Nieves Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini San Juan
Claudia Esther Hernández Guzmán Secundaria Universidad de Puerto Rico San Juan
Cristian García Bardina Colegio Ponceño Ponce
Dania Nicole Cumba González Colegio Nuestra Señora de la Merced Cayey
Darlene Santana Rodríguez Escuela Petra Mercado Bougart Humacao
David Andreé Estrada Berlingeri Saint Francis School Carolina
Delfín Méndez Badui Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola San Juan
Devin O. Martínez Orengo Escuela Especializada en Bellas Artes Yauco
Diego Emanuel Nazario Ojeda Escuela Luis Negrón López Sabana Grande
Elisa María Figueroa Narváez Escuela Francisco Morales Rivera Naranjito
Elizabeth Torres de Jesús Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera Utuado
Emmanuel Rivera Ramos Escuela Florencia García Las Piedras
Emmanuelle Maldonado Quiles Colegio Marista “El Salvador” Manatí
Enid M. Cruz Colón Escuela Dr. Rafael López Landrón Guayama
Esaí Ortiz Rivera Escuela Rubén Rodríguez Figueroa Naranjito
Fabián O. Guzmán Aponte Escuela Stella Márquez Salinas
Félix Joel Ortiz Cruz Escuela Ladislao Martínez Otero Vega Alta
Frank M. Montes Martínez Escuela Regional Bilingüe Sergio Ramírez de Arellano-Hostos Añasco
Gabriel Coloma Irizarry Colegio Sagrados Corazones Guaynabo
Gabriel E. Ramos Marichal Colegio San Antonio San Juan
Gabriel E. Vivas Figuereo Fajardo Community Private School Fajardo
Gerardo J. Benítez Delgado Escuela Petra Mercado Bougart Humacao
Giovanni Castro Irizarry Escuela Asunción Rodríguez de Salas Guayanilla
Giselle Marie Reyes Sosa Academia San José High School Guaynabo
Gretchen L. Nieves Burgos Escuela Petra Mercado Bougart Humacao
Héctor G. Loyola Irizarry Escuela Patria Latorre San Sebastián
Herbert Pérez Avilés Escuela Leonides Morales Rodríguez Lajas
Indra González Ojeda CROEM Mayagüez
Irene Marie Matos Chévere Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera Utuado
Iván Finkelstein Ansaldi The Baldwin School Guaynabo
John A. Martínez Maldonado Escuela Ileana de Gracia Vega Alta
Jomayra Montalvo Martínez Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera Utuado
Jonathan Collazo Figueroa Escuela Dr. José N. Gándara Aibonito
Jorge Joel Acevedo Rico Escuela de Ciencias y Tecnología CIMATEC Caguas
José A. II Burgos Cruz Escuela Ramón José Dávila Coamo
José Antonio Reyes Zayas Escuela Thomas Armstrong Toro Ponce
José Israel Cruz Ruiz Academia Discípulos de Cristo Bayamón
José Juan Hermina Pérez The Baldwin School Guaynabo
Joshua Montalvo Miranda Colegio San José Caguas
Josué Daniel Andino Vega Escuela Ramón Quiñones Medina Yabucoa
Juan Gabriel Cruz Hernández Escuela María Cruz Buitrago San Lorenzo
Kelvin R. Roche Rivera Escuela Luis Muñoz Marín Barranquitas
Koralys Marie Coss Serrano Escuela Especializada en Bellas Artes Humacao
Krystal M. Rodríguez Soto Escuela Manuel Ramos Hernández Quebradillas
Luis Alexis Rosado Morales Colegio Laico San Pablo Hatillo
Luis G. Dávila Burgos Escuela Petra Mercado Bougart Humacao
Luis G. Rivera Santiago Escuela Rubén Rodríguez Figueroa Naranjito
Marcos Plaud Rivera Colegio Ponceño Ponce
María A. Rivera Negrón Ponce High School Ponce
María Sayago Capielo Escuela Dr. Agustín Stahl Bayamón
María Torres Gutiérrez Secundaria Universidad de Puerto Rico San Juan
Mariela Torres Hernández Academia María Reina San Juan
Marvin Jován Ramírez Matta Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini San Juan
Melanie Medina López Escuela Juan Alejo Arizmendi Quebradillas
Mónica A. Guerrero Galarza Escuela Manuel Ramos Hernández Quebradillas
Mosi Rivera Serra Escuela University Gardens San Juan
Natalia Marie Agosto Berríos Escuela Francisco Morales Rivera Naranjito
Neishanyelik Vázquez Carrillo Escuela Miguel Meléndez Muñoz Bayamón
Nicole de León Flores Colegio Católico Notre Dame Caguas
Omar Torres González Escuela Thomas Armstrong Toro Ponce
Paola Mitchelle Rivera González Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera Utuado
Pura Isabel Gutiérrez Mirabal Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Radamés O. Calderón Cruz CROEM Mayagüez
Reinaldo R. Rosado Rodríguez Escuela Florencia García Las Piedras
Ricardo Javier Santana Santini Secundaria Universidad de Puerto Rico San Juan
Richard A. Guevárez Galán Escuela Emilio R. Delgado Corozal
Rodnie Colón Ortiz Escuela Bonifacio Sánchez Jiménez Aibonito
Rolando Vargas Santiago Bayamón Military Academy Bayamón
Saraí Ayala Santiago Escuela Emilio R. Delgado Corozal
Sebastián Díaz Pérez Colegio San Antonio San Juan
Sebastián J. Rivera Fuentes Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar Canóvanas
Stephanie M. Orta Vázquez Saint Francis School Carolina
Stephanie Marie Plaza Torres CROEM Mayagüez
Stephanie Oliveras Santos Ponce High School Ponce
Valeria Marrero Díaz Colegio Rosa-Bell Guaynabo
Victoria Marie Morán Rodríguez Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Víctor-Iván Miranda Rodríguez Secundaria Universidad de Puerto Rico San Juan
William D. Rios Rosado Colegio Ponceño Ponce
Wilson Xavier Guzmán Pérez Escuela Domingo Aponte Collazo Lares
Yajaira Liz Méndez Borrero Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Yelitza Rivera Aponte Escuela Dr. José N. Gándara Aibonito
Zulian Marie González Antommarchi Escuela Luis Muñoz Marín Yauco