Rising Stars


Laura Garcia CannonWhat a week it’s been! As graduation quickly approaches for so many Bay Area High School seniors so does the onslaught of scholastic awards ceremonies. Often, Brent and I are asked to MC such events and it’s amazing every year to see the caliber of students our local schools are putting out. But it’s not just the schools putting out the students, it’s the student putting out the extra curricular activities, volunteering and community service work that makes them standouts in their fields!

On Monday night, I hosted the Hispanic Heritage Awards at Stanford University. Twenty students were chosen to receive two to three thousand dollar scholarships for being standouts in their community, while holding amazing grade point averages and for some, even holding down a job to help out the family! If this is a reflection of our future leaders – I’m very hopeful. It’s not often enough that you see the positive stories on youth in our community, excelling in their dedication to make themselves and the world a better place. These students will all go on to compete in the national awards where eventually one student in the U.S. will be featured in the National Hispanic Heritage Awards program in Washington D.C. Maybe we’ll see one of our local students attend the star studded extravaganza which will be featured on NBC in the fall. I’ll keep you posted.

Even more standouts could be found when Brent and I attended the San Jose Kiwanis Clubs’ annual scholarship awards luncheon. These students shared the most personal aspects of their lives, which included stories of intense struggle with family tragedy, depression, abuse, gang affiliation, suicide attempts, abandonment, teen pregnancy… yet all had the ability to overcome the worst of circumstances, sometimes without any support at all to become stellar students and leaders in their community. I congratulated them all then, but they deserve it again – way to go – you make your community proud!

Laura Garcia Cannon
NBC11 Anchor


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