TRI-CITIES, Wash. — A celebration honoring the first Columbia Basin high school students to participate in an important national Hispanic leadership program is scheduled Saturday (Oct. 19) at Washington State University Tri–Cities.

Ten Pasco High School students are among the 15 area scholars who attended the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative sessions in Los Angeles last summer.

The celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, in the East Building Auditorium on the north Richland campus.

Joining with community leaders, WSU faculty members, parents and friends in honoring the students will be Ernesto Nieto, president of the National Hispanic Institute.

Nieto will join Larry James, dean of the WSU Tri–Cities campus, and
Yolanda Flores–Niemann, director of Latina/o Outreach for the campus, in presenting an update on the continuing collaboration between WSU Tri–Cities and the National Hispanic Institute.

Founded 20 years ago in Austin, Texas, the National Hispanic Institute provides pivotal leadership in developing national programs that nurture the intellectual leadership of the U.S. Latina/o community through its most capable youth.

A reception will follow.

Media Note:

This session and the presentation by Mr. Nieto, Dean James and Dr. Flores–Nieman will provide an excellent update opportunity on both the future relationship between WSU and the National Hispanic Institute (and possible Tri–Cities-based programming) and impacts of the recently announced $7.8 million Harvest of Hope grant from the U.S. Department of Education.