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SOUTHBRIDGE/WORCESTER – On October 9, Quinsigamond Community College will be host to the 34th Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (H.A.C.E) Youth Awards. The event will take place at the college’s Welcome Center from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This year’s awards will honor 36 senior high school students from public and private high schools throughout Worcester and Southbridge.

“These students are making indelible and lasting contributions to our communities. They are raising awareness of our Hispanic culture and impacting our communities in positive and powerful ways,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “We are proud to be honoring such inspiring young men and women.” 

Each year H.A.C.E. recipients are recognized for their contributions in leadership, academics, sports, arts and civic engagement. Created in 1985 by faculty and staff at QCC, along with business and community leaders in the Worcester community, the H.A.C.E. Awards were developed to raise community awareness of Hispanic culture. Since its inception, the H.A.C.E. Committee has recognized over 720 students with financial awards totaling $180,250.  The money raised through sponsorships and donations is distributed directly to students.

“We want to shift the public perception of our Hispanic high school students in Worcester and Southbridge by celebrating all the achievements and contributions they are making to Worcester County,” said Director of Community Bridges at Quinsigamond Community College and Chair of H.A.C.E.  Dr. Déborah L. González.

Keynote speaker for this year’s event is world-renowned Cuban flutist Sheila del Bosque, an expert in Latin jazz and Cuban music. Ms. del Bosque will also perform at the event, along with performances by QCC’s Music Coordinator José Castillo and several QCC music students.

For more information about this event, contact Ms. González, at 508.854.7524 or email her at dgonzalez@qcc.mass.edu. 

For more information about QCC, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508.854.7513 or jmartin@qcc.mass.edu

Quinsigamond Community College provides the community with high quality, affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC

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