A student at Santa Ana's Hector Godinez Fundamental High School will receive a national award this morning for the lengths he has gone to pursuing a career in engineering.
Frank Cabada is one of six Latino high school seniors who will be honored at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's 14th annual Youth Awards at William Morris Endeavor in Beverly Hills.
Cabada, who is carrying a 3.97 GPA at Godinez, is the Los Angeles region recipient of the awards "designed to honor six exceptional Latino high school seniors across America for making strides in the Latino community. These students have excelled in their classrooms, communities and in Math & Engineering, Innovation & Technology, Business & Entrepreneurship, Science & Healthcare and Education & Community Service." The Math & Engineering component of the awards is sponsored by Exxon/Mobil.
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Organizers explain why Cabada was chosen for the "Gold" honor:
Frank Cabada is of Mexican descent and currently attends Hector Godinez High School in Santa Ana, California. In order to become an engineer Frank has joined every club and program imagined to help him prepare for the field, including all the construction, architecture mathematics and engineering mentoring programs at his school as well as being a member of the Achievement Institute of Scientific Scholars. In addition to his Advance Placement classes and his honors math class, Frank has also found the time to serve as his class vice president for the past three years. His goal when becoming a mechanical engineer is to take part in the advancement of technologies that will benefit the community. His teachers describe him as an intuitive, bright and thoughtful student who is able to balance multiple responsibilities and leadership roles at his school. He helps others by taking the time to tutor and pass along his knowledge and love of math to his fellow classmates that struggle with the subject. Frank is ranked at number one of his class and will give the valedictorian speech at his graduation. This young man plans to major in Mechanical Engineering at Pomona College or Columbia University.
The awards presentation begins at 11 this morning.