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Express Staff Writer
Annual Hispanic Youth Symposium last weekend at Sun Valley was attended by
more than 300 Hispanic high school students from throughout Idaho. The
symposium is sponsored yearly by the Department of Energy and the Idaho
National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.
Dirk Kempthorne greets outstanding students from all over Idaho at
13th Annual Hispanic Youth Symposium in Sun Valley. Express photo by
about 100 students attended the symposium and a single $1,000 scholarship
was awarded. Since then, more than 3,000 students from throughout Idaho
have attended, and scholarships and prizes valued at more than $1 million
have been awarded throughout the years.
rate for Idaho Hispanic students has improved, but is unusually high at
nearly 30 percent. There are about 7,500 Hispanic high school students in
Idaho, or 12 percent of the population. Students write essays on why they
want to participate in order to be accepted as a participant at the
students stay in the Sun Valley Inn over the course of the three days,
attending seminars and lectures by motivational speakers, including Gov.
Dirk Kempthorne. Workshops about technology and social issues were among
the interactive workshops students signed up for ahead of time.
students had family style dinners nightly and danced to hip-hop and Latino
music spun by a disc jockey in the Limelight Room.
spoke on Friday and attempted a little Spanish in his speech, which
featured the stories of four people who had made it against all odds,
including Wood River Valley Olympians Dick Fosbury and Muffy Davis.
spoke about Judge Sergio Gutierrez, who he recently named to the Idaho
Supreme Court, and who attended the symposium. The governor proclaimed
Friday, April 26, El Dia de los NiŮos.
his speech by saying "If we can support one another, there is no
limit to what we can do together, OK? Thatís why we come to this
four Wood River High School students participating in the symposium:
Ronald Paucar, Daisy Hurtado, Paul Ramirez and Liset Villarreal.
who is from Peru, and has lived in the Wood River Valley for six years,
attended last yearís symposium as well. He is scheduled to graduate this
year, and intends on going into the Navy before applying for college. He
said youths, in general, have a "big battle with all the things
thrown at them," such as peer pressure and popularity.
the end, the causalities add up to a wrecked life. I have a different
perspective coming from Peru. Itís sad to see how Americans waste their
time doing nothing."
is on the track team at the high school, added that he was really angry
that it took the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast to awaken
Americans to the fact that America is a great country.
matter who you are, Hispanic or white, chances are out there."