PHARR – A senior at PSJA Memorial Early College High School was recently recognized by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) during a ceremony at The Health Museum in Houston on Nov. 17, 2016. Gidalti Cardenas was one of only two students from the Rio Grande Valley awarded a 2016 Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Award and a scholarship.  

Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation(HHF) is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.

Through the Youth Awards program, HHF honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and focus in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship; Community Service; Education; Engineering & Mathematics; Healthcare; Innovation & Technology and Sports & Fitness.

Gidalti Cardenas, who is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, received a $1,000 Scholarship in the Education Category from HHF.

She is involved in various extracurricular activities including the PSJA Memorial ECHS Honor Society, Theatre Arts, UIL Persuasive Speaking and was named Miss Emerald Queen for the City of Alamo, to name a few.