Congratulations to our high school Seniors Noah Ramos and Gabriel Gonzalez on receiving the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Award! This honor is bestowed upon seniors who excel both academically and socially within their respected community including business and entrepreneurship, community service, green sustainability, sports and fitness, social justice and technology. Ramos and Gonzalez will receive a one-time grant to financially aid their college tuition along with being celebrated in ten virtual ceremonies honoring their achievement.
With a 4.0 GPA, an adroit talent for tennis since the age of nine, and a pride for his Salvadoran heritage, Noah Ramos stands as a six-year varsity tennis athlete for Walt Whitman High School and has served as a captain for his team since Sophomore year. He was awarded the silver medal under the Sports and Fitness category. His love of the game garnered him the opportunity to be picked as a ball-person at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S Open - a memorable experience for Ramos to say the least. At home, Noah developed a compassionate approach towards community which he learned from his parents. Serving comes just as natural to Noah off the court as it does on. Every Saturday, he volunteers at his local ambulance company, assisting EMTs on calls and helping transport those in need to the hospital. He also volunteers at the Family Service League, a local social service agency that provides support and security to the most vulnerable community members. Noah currently serves as secretary of Walt Whitman’s National Honor Society and plans to study Biology while attending Hofstra University, LIU or Rochester Institute of Technology.
Gabriel Gonzalez is of Puerto Rican, Spanish and Maltese descent and was awarded the gold medal under the Media and Entertainment category and rightfully so. With a 4.0 GPA and a strong intellectual presence and thoughtful contributions within the classroom, Gabriel is admired by both peers and teachers. He is currently serving his second consecutive year as editor-in-chief for the school newspaper, The Paw Print, and took on the title of senior editor of Xanadu Literary Magazine. With both of these positions, Gabriel conducts bi-weekly meetings, writes articles, and personally edits five to ten articles per issue to perfection. Outside the classroom, Gabriel explores his creativity through original and intricate storytelling. His work consists of fictional characters and worlds that partake in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. He is a member of Walt Whitman’s National Honor Society and English Honor Society. He has been honored as a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar and a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. He dreams of sharing his intricate stories with the world through his original stories. Gabriel plans to attend Columbia University, Northeastern University or Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a major in Creative Writing or English Literature with a minor in Film and Media.
The Youth Awards program is the main route to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s world of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. We are so proud of Noah and Gabriel for their academic achievements and contributions to our community, and we look forward to seeing them continue to excel at the next level of their education!