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Press Release
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 14, 2011

International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) to Announce  Exceptional
high school student scholarships and “Teacher of the Year”


The 11th Annual ITEP Scholarship Dinner, “Visualizing Tomorrow,” extravaganza will
also honor
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and ITEP supporters


                Los Angeles, CA “ITEP introduces students to different career pathways – starting in 10th grade and continuing through high school,” explained CEO Amy Grat, ITEP, as the nonprofit organization that brings the trade, transportation, and logistics industries to high schools prepares to announce the ITEP winners of this year’s 11th Annual ITEP Scholarship Dinner and fundraising event, Wednesday, March 23rd. (Cruise Center, Berth 93, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA on March 23rd. (5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.).


Scholarships are the main highlight of the evening.  American President Lines (APL), part of The NOL Group, has donated $40,000 in scholarships to be allocated among each of the ITEP Academies.  Scholarships from Southern California Gas Company and the LA Custom Brokers and Freight Forwarders/Foreign Trade Associations, along with ITEP monies, will be awarded to deserving students throughout the evening including the announcement of the “180 Degree Award,” the “Rising Star Award” and “Teacher of the Year.”


“Setting my mind to success is, in part, what encouraged me to enroll into MATCH Academy,” said Samira Aguilera, one of eight scholarship recipients and Banning High School student, MATCH Academy. The Match Academy is an award-winning program that prepares students for exciting careers in agricultural logistics, tourism, culinary arts, hospitality, and restaurant management. “ 

MATCH empowered me to get my life together. Through MATCH, I was allowed to go on field trips like the Disney Hotel and the Catalina Island TopSail trip, which was a wonderful experience because I had a chance to explore a part of California I didn’t know existed.”


Another scholarship winner is Josephine Bartolome at the Carson High School. She is currently a senior in the Global Business Academy at Carson High School. "From my experience with the Global Business Academy and the ITEP Program, it has completely changed my perspective on what the word “responsibility” really means to me...the GBA Academy taught me how to broaden my vision on how we are all responsible for giving back to our community." Bartolome volunteers as a Sunday school teacher at her church and as a supervisor for the Fred Jordan Mission Food Drive. This while attending high school. Her awards include the Leadership Honor Roll Achievement Award and CST Scores Improvement Award.  She wants to get a BS Degree in Kensiology or Radiation therapy and has been accepted to California State University at Dominguez Hills.  


“I credit the success I have had in my life to my academy, ITA, and the ITEP program,” said Edy Delgado, Banning High School, International Trade (ITA) Academy, who will share the APL/NOL scholarship with Juan Salazar. When the school cut all music classes Edy started the first ever music club at Banning High School. He serves as the vice president, teaching music lessons to his peers, organizing concerts, and providing advice and direction to his fellow musicians.


Delgado is also the head volunteer at the local Veterans of Foreign War Post 2967, holding the record for most hours volunteered and he completed his summer internship at Moffat & Nichol. There he learned how AutoCAD for submittals and other research projects. Delgado said the highlight of his Academy experience was his first time on an airplane and first time visiting the White House in Washington DC on ITA’s NYLF Trip sponsored by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals. He plans to attend Tulane University in the fall and wants to become either a surgeon or a civil engineer.


Juan Salazar, a senior at Banning High School, says the ITA Academy was the best decision of his life in looking back at his experience and netting a scholarship at the upcoming dinner.


“I am glad that I joined PORT at my school and especially ITA. If it weren’t for ITA I might not have had an interest in international relations or foreign policy, because of an after-school class that I enrolled in. I can truly say that choosing ITA has been the best choice in my life because of all its great benefits.”


Other scholarship and award winners include: Crystal Diaz, Banning High School, GESA Academy, who plans to either become a Zoologist or Veterinarian or major in Environmental Science; Sandra Franco, Banning High School, GSS Academy, who serves as GSS president, and interned for the CEO of  MetroPorts. She plans to  the  California Maritime Academy in the fall to study international business.

Other scholarship winners are: Ashton Godwin, Barstow High School, Mojave XP Logistics Academy; who is enrolled at Barstow Community College, and has plans to transfer to Cal State University at Monterey Bay; Stephanie Mancia, San Pedro High School, SPEA Academy, who has been accepted Cal State University in San Francisco’s East Bay Area, and is still waiting to hear from UC Berkeley and Dartmouth.


ITEP will also present the Southern California Gas Co. “Energizing Our Future” Scholarship to Miguel Camacho, from Banning’s GSS Academy. “ITEP has made me a strong person and influenced me to want to help the community and lead by example for its children that shape the future, he said.

The ITEP 180 Award Winner goes to Luis Hernandez,
Banning High School, GSS Academy. “My experience with the Los Angeles Port Police opened my eyes and changed my outlook on the Law enforcement career,” he said. “I feel that my experiences combined with my education will make me a contributing member of society and most importantly my community.”


LA Custom Brokers and Freight Forwarders Associatio/Foreign Trade Association  Rising Star! Award will be handed to Erick Cortes,  Gardena High School, Global Leadership Academy (GGLA).

The Faculty Member of the Year Award will be handed to Margarita Aguilar Diaz, Banning High School, GESA Academy. “Teaching math and running an academy is definitely challenging, but I am proud to be ‘Mama GESA’,” she said. “Last year, I was elected by my fellow colleagues as the lead teacher for the Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) and I am honored that they have named me teacher of the year.”

“We are thrilled to honor Supervisor Knabe and recognize his long-standing support of ITEP as an organization,” said CEO Amy Grat, of ITEP in announcing Supervisor Knabe’s selection for the Keeper of the Flame” Award.  “He is passionate about job creation and education for the region and is a terrific role model for our students.”


For More about ITEP  visit www.itepinc.org.  For updates visit the ITEP blog visit:: http:ITEPinc.wordpress.com.  Sponsorship/Ticket Information ITEP’s 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner, “Visualizing Tomorrow” Table sponsorships and tickets are available.  All dinner guests must be pre-registered.. Call 818/249-6281 or visit www.itepinc.org for details.  Tickets will not be sold on-site. [Editors for media interviews call George Mc Quade, 818-340-5300]


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