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Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission to Present Tomás Rivera Recognition Awards on May 14

This article was archived on 6/13/2020

The Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission will announce the recipients of the Tomás Rivera Awards on May 14, at 6 p.m. during the scheduled virtual meeting. Awardees, family members and interested community members are encouraged to view the virtual meeting on Tulsa Government Access Television (TGOV -, on Cox Digital Cable (channel 24), via GoToMeeting online at, or by telephone (312) 757-3121, Access Code 494-249-237.    

As a precautionary measure to aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19, the Commission cancelled their previously scheduled event at Tulsa Central Library. Awardees will receive certificates via U.S. Mail.

The Tomás Rivera Awards honor scholars and heroes in education who make a positive impact in the Latinx community. These categories are described below:

Heroes in Education: Outstanding citizens who work actively supporting the Latinx community in education as a volunteer parent, exceptional teacher, educational researcher, tutor and mentor, administrative staff and/or community member

Scholars: Latinx students in their junior or senior year of high school with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, with 90-percent attendance in the first semester of their current year and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in extracurricular activities both in school and in the community

The Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission’s Education Committee selected the award winners from among open nominations received through a form available online and at Tulsa City-County Library locations. See below for a complete list of awardees.



Perla Boggs

Skiatook Public Schools

Vivian Castillo


Courtney Connelly

Jenks Public Schools

Dr. Ronald Cox, Jr.


Blanca Delgado

Community Service Council

Olivia Landrum

University of Tulsa

Cara Lovell

Tulsa Public Schools

Maria Monhaut

Bishop Kelly High School




Dayle Bernal

Webster High School

Giselle Bustos

Booker T. Washington High School

Odalys Castillo

Union High School

Randy Castorena

East Central High School

Sheila Lara Chavarría

Nathan Hale High School

Lidia Echeverría

Skiatook High School

Joshua Finch

Booker T. Washington High School

Paige Finch

Booker T. Washington High School

Jade Flores

Tulsa MET High School

Neydi Cerrillo González

Union High School

Alejandra Guzman

Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences

Lena Hernández

Phoenix Rising

Valerie Martínez

Nathan Hale High School

José Nava

Jenks High School

Gabriela Peña

Union High School

Carlos Pita Pérez

Nathan Hale High School

Natasha Pérez

Jenks High School

Markos Wester Rivera

Booker T. Washington High School

Gloria Rubio

Booker T. Washington High School

Hannia Ortega Ruiz

Union High School

José Saldívar

Booker T. Washington High School

Diana Gabriela Sifuentes

Broken Arrow High School

Melany Almonte Sosa

Nathan Hale High School