The Hispanic Executive Society International has named the winners in their annual “2009 Outstanding Young Hispanic Leadership Awards.” This annual program was created to honor and recognize the exemplary achievements of young Hispanic men and women from the Kingwood-Humble-Atascocita-Porter area. Nominees for the annual program have were open to the public and criteria are based on scholastic achievement, community involvement, and leadership. A large majority of the nominations came from the faculty of Humble ISD and Lone Star College. The nominees for this year were: David Acosta, Samuel Aguilar, Brooke Reyes, Israel Valles, Jonaton Torres, Monica Mancera, Miguel Lopez, David Martinez, Cesar Quiroga, Adrian Jordan and Karen Martinez. Most of the nominees gave speeches at HESI’s July 7 meeting, in person or by video prepared beforehand. Following the meeting, votes were taken by meeting attendees and by the HESI board of directors. The winners were announced on July 15, and they will be honored and presented with awards at the Aug. 4 HESI meeting. The 2009 Outstanding Young Hispanic Leadership winners are: Jonaton Torres, 16, is a native of Colombia. He attends Atascocita High School and his academic GPA is exceptionally high. He is a superb athlete with top honors in soccer, and is being pursued by the top Ivy League schools and colleges. Karen Martinez, 25, is originally from Mexico. She came to Kingwood only two years ago, and has since mastered English and is a top student at Lonestar College-Kingwood in the dental assistance program She is a natural humanitarian, giving most of her summers to a ministry that travels into the jungles and mountains of remote Mexico to provide assistance to poverty stricken people who do not have access to medical facilities. Miguel Lopez, 24, is a natural leader with the charisma of an international ambassador. He graduated from Kingwood High School. He has an extremely good work ethic and has very close family ties. He maintained exceptionally high grades and graduated from University of Oklahoma. Monica Moncera, 17, attends Kingwood Park High School and maintains a extremely high GPA. She was born in Mexico, and is half-Chinese, half-Mexican. She spoke of her adversity and the problems associated being Chinese/Mexican and entering school. She speaks four languages fluently and aspires to someday work as a translator for the government. Each winner has a compelling story they have shared with HESI members and attendees. They will have a videotaped message of their testimony and journey to success that will be available on and the HESI Web site. Those who wish to contribute to this program may do so by becoming a member of HESI, or by making a donation using your payment options offered on the Web site. For more information about HESI, go to

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