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Premio a la Excelencia

Rafael Carrión, Jr. 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 505 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 Tara Rodríguez, Founder of El Departamento de La Comida, who shared anecdotes of her life and urged the winners to “live in the present and help one another.”

Meanwhile, for the seventh consecutive year, the Foundation rewards an educator as a source of inspiration for students, the selection is made by students with the scholarship. Professor Maria Gisela Rosado, from University of Puerto Rico High School, was the awarded professor during the ceremony this year. The professor was nominated by student Patricia Aponte Rosa, who described Rosado as a fighter who thought her students to always read between the lines and to never quit dreaming.

In a emotionally packed accceptance speech Rosado said she was born to teach both acknowledged teaching is a two way street;  “I am always learning from my students.”

Awarded Students – 2013

Student School Municipality
Alberto Mulero Fernández Colegio Católico Notre Dame Caguas
Alejandro J. Loyola Vélez Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Alejandro Salvador Vega Nogales Colegio San Antonio Abad Humacao
Alexandra Marie Cruz Pabón CROEM Mayagüez
Andrea Vivaldi Avilés The Baldwin School Guaynabo
Andrés E. Carles Negrón Escuela Patria Latorre San Sebastián
Ángel Álvarez Meléndez Escuela Brígida Álvarez Rodríguez Vega Baja
Ángel Noel Santiago Colón Colegio Sagrada Familia Corozal
Arelis Vega Díaz Escuela Luis Negrón López Sabana Grande
Ariel Omar Torres Pérez Escuela Lysander Borrero Terry Villalba
Ashley Jade Colón Kaufmann Escuela Ana Roque de Duprey Humacao
Barkley Omar Cabrera Ortiz Escuela Isidro A. Sánchez Luquillo
Benjamín A. González Burgos Escuela Lysander Borrero Terry Villalba
Bianca I. Burgos Soto Escuela Petra Mercado Bougart Humacao
Brandon J. Cancel Ortega CROEM Mayagüez
Bryan Rivera Gómez Escuela Loaíza Cordero del Rosario Yauco
Carlos Calzada Preston Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Carlos J. Pizzini Cruz Escuela Eugenio María de Hostos Mayagüez
Christian Bernard Gómez Escuela Bilingüe Padre Rufo San Juan
Cristian J. Soto Quiñones Escuela Jaime A. Collazo Del Río Morovis
Crystal María Rivera Pérez Escuela Ana J. Candelas Cidra
Danilo Trinidad Pérez Rivera Escuela Ramón José Dávila Coamo
Darlene Janice Nieves Cruz Escuela Francisco Morales Rivera Naranjito
Derek Angelo Torres Ramos Escuela Luis Lloréns Torres Juana Díaz
Diómedes Dieppa Matos Colegio Católico Notre Dame Caguas
Edgar A. Rivadeneyra Arzola Liceo Aguadillano Aguadilla
Edgardo R. Vélez Ruiz Escuela Domingo Aponte Collazo Lares
Eduardo José Malavé Santiago Escuela Bonifacio Sánchez Jiménez Aibonito
Edwin Rafael Aponte Cruz Colegio Bautista de Caguas Caguas
Edwin Sebastián Torres Cuevas CROEM Mayagüez
Enrique Antonio Marrero Torres Escuela José Rojas Cortés Orocovis
Fadi Abumoala Amín Escuela Luis Negrón López Sabana Grande
Fernando Yordán López Academia Santa María Reina Ponce
Franklin Daniel Staback Rodríguez St. Mary’s School San Juan
Gabriel J. González Vázquez Escuela Ladislao Martínez Otero Vega Alta
Gabriel Smadi Matos Escuela Miguel Meléndez Muñoz Cayey
Ineajomaira Cuevas González Colegio Marista “El Salvador” Manatí
James Torres Collazo Escuela Rafaelina Lebrón Flores Patillas
Jason C. Montgomery Rodríguez Escuela Ángel Pedro Millán Rohena Carolina
Jemaris Martes Villalobos Escuela Josefina León Zayas Jayuya
Jerome A. Seguinot Sánchez St. Mary’s School San Juan
Jessica Enid Vega Sánchez Escuela Rafaelina Lebrón Flores Patillas
Jesús Manuel Aponte Rodríguez Escuela José Emilio Lugo Adjuntas
Jhonatan J. Rivera Cruz Escuela Josefa del Río Guerrero Morovis
Joel Abdel Mercado Reyes Escuela Juan Ponce de León Florida
John Donato Valle St. Mary’s School San Juan
Jorge A. Vilanova Del Valle Academia Adventista Metropolitana San Juan
José Luis Marrero Rosado Academia Santa Teresita Naranjito
Joseline M. Sánchez Ayala Escuela Sergio Ramírez de Arellano Añasco
Josheili Llavona Ortiz Colegio Rosa-Bell Guaynabo
Joyce Marie Mendoza Navarro St. Mary’s School San Juan
Juliana Macari Simons Academia del Perpetuo Socorro San Juan
Julinette Rivera de Jesús Escuela Elvira M. Colón Santa Isabel
Kariel Argenis Díaz Maisonet Escuela Luz América Calderón Carolina
Karina Sofía Reyes Corsino Escuela Emilio R. Delgado Corozal
Keila Enid Hernández Rivera Escuela Manuela Toro Morice Caguas
Kenneth Rolando Young Castro Escuela José Collazo Colón Juncos
Krystal Marie Morales Báez Tasis Dorado Dorado
Laura I. Fernández Morales The Baldwin School Guaynabo
Laura Isabel Vélez López Antilles High School San Juan
Leishka Marie Pérez Náter Escuela Brígida Álvarez Rodríguez Vega Baja
Lorena Marie Cruz Quintero Escuela Juan Suárez Pelegrina Aguadilla
Luis Daniel Reyes Cintrón Escuela José Vizcarrondo Aneses Utuado
Luis Enrique Serrano Torres Escuela Eugenio Guerra Cruz Salinas
Luis G. Figueroa Cruz Colegio Laico San Pablo Hatillo
Luis Joy Pérez Tasis Dorado Dorado
Lyani Maymí Concepción Escuela José S. Alegría Dorado
Lyanne Marie Febo Cabrera Escuela Isidro A. Sánchez Luquillo
Lyzette Adonis Serrano Reyes Escuela Especializada en Bellas Artes Humacao
Mariel A. Javier González Antilles High School San Juan
Mayra I. González Torres Colegio San Conrado Ponce
Natalie Mercado Morales Escuela Rubén Rodríguez Figueroa Naranjito
Nicole S. Talavera Arboniés Escuela Juan Ponce de León Florida
Olga Liz Vera Colón Colegio Ponceño Ponce
Orlando E. Collazo Colón Escuela Dr. Gilberto Concepción de Gracia Carolina
Orlando Medina Flores Colegio San Antonio Abad Humacao
Oscar A. Ortiz Rivera Escuela Juan A. Corretjer Montes Ciales
Paola Alexandra Rosa Aquino CROEM Mayagüez
Paola N. Cruz Rivera The Baldwin School Guaynabo
Paola Victoria Figueroa Delgado Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa Arecibo
Patricia I. Meléndez Santiago Escuela Vocacional de Cidra Cidra
Patricia Paola Aponte Rosa Secundaria UPR San Juan
Pedro Juan León Negrón Escuela Elvira M. Colón Santa Isabel
Priscilla M. Rosa Nieves Colegio Marista “El Salvador” Manatí
Rex J. Reyes Rodríguez Escuela Vocacional de Cidra Cidra
Ricardo Rivera Rivera Escuela Especializada de Educación Bilingüe Cidra
Sara Maldonado Elías Dorado Academy Dorado
Sebastián Quiñones Carrasquillo Colegio Rosa-Bell Guaynabo
Shaira L. Rivera Martínez Escuela Margarita Janer Palacios Guaynabo
Stephanie M. González Vicente Escuela Manuela Toro Morice Caguas
Steven Ramos Ayala Escuela Isidro A. Sánchez Luquillo
Thaina Liz Cordero Camacho Escuela Vocacional Tomás C. Ongay Bayamón
Tianilybet Ruiz Cuevas Escuela Domingo Aponte Collazo Lares
Verónica Gutiérrez del Arroyo Lebrón St. Mary’s School San Juan
Widalys Agosto Cuevas Escuela Brígida Álvarez Rodríguez Vega Baja
William Pérez Morciglio Escuela Áurea E. Quiles Claudio Guánica
Xiomara Michelle Cruz Pabón CROEM Mayagüez
Yamil P. Martínez Milland Escuela University Gardens San Juan
Yanira Rodríguez Valdés Colegio Católico Notre Dame Caguas
Zoelie Sáez Figueroa Escuela Vocacional de Cidra Cidra