This year’s TRiO Achiever of the Year is Ernesto DeLuna, a former Upward Bound student at CBC from 1975-1977. Currently, DeLuna works as the community liasion coordinator for the Mathis Independent School District. His career involves working with at-risk youth, and making sure that parents understand and follow the state laws related to their child’s public education.
DeLuna graduated from Bee County College with honors and went on to obtain his bachelor of science in criminal justice degree from Walden University where he graduated magna cum laude. This May, DeLuna will be receiving his master’s degree from Walden. DeLuna is a Beeville resident, and has been happily married to his Upward Bound sweetheart for the past 34 years. Together they have four children and nine grandchildren.
TRiO students are also recognized for their outstanding leadership, success and participation in their respective programs.
The 2013 TRiO Achievers are:
· Upward Bound Achievers
Isiah Longoria, a sophomore at Odem High School
Ciara Lillie, a junior at George West High School
Noe Lopez, a sophomore at Sinton High School
Mayra Garcia, a sophomore at Odem High School
Clarissa Reyna, a senior at Skidmore-Tynan High School
Jared Landreth, a junior at A.C. Jones High School
· TriO Talent Search Beeville Achievers
Jose (Joe) Ramirez, a sophomore at A.C. Jones High School
Kathline Martinez, a senior at Mathis High School
Holly Thomas, a senior at Skidmore-Tynan High School
Luis Riojas, a senior at Three Rivers High School
· TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Achievers
Celeste Trejo is a 2009 CBC graduate who went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 2011. Currently, she works as a 5th- and 6th-grade math teacher at R.A. Hall Elementary.
Rebecca Padilla is a 2009 CBC graduate who went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University in 2012. She is the site coordinator for the Ace 21st Century Grant at Mathis ISD.
TRiO Day is a nationwide annual celebration that recognizes the value of the federally funded TRiO Programs and the successes of their students. The TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to help low-income families, and/or potential first generation college students enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. The program also provides information on pre-college opportunities.