ASD Seniors Honored
On October 4, three Allentown School District students received awards at the My Brother’s Keeper Lehigh Valley Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The three students – Mariah Cancel and Jose Murphy, Dieruff, and Luis Morales, William Allen – were honored and recognized for their commitment to academics and their communities.
Dieruff senior Jose Murphy received an Educational Excellence Award. Jose is a role model for all students for his exceptional work ethic, for his student leadership, and for his commitment to his family and to his heritage. Jose serves as the Inspector General for our AFJROTC program, the third highest position in the platoon. He is part of both the Color Guard and the Armed and Unarmed Competition AFJROTC Drill teams which brought home 24 trophies last year alone. Jose is in the top 10% of his class academically and is a member of our National Honor Society. He is a member of Student Council, a member of the German National Honor Society, and a member of the Kitty Hawk Air Society, and internal AFJROTC internal academic honor society). In addition to receiving this award, Jose is also the recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award of Excellence, The Scholastic American Legion Award, and Dorney Park's Fundamentals of Leadership Award.
Mariah Cancel, a senior at Dieruff, was presented with the Latina Perseverance Award. Mariah's high school career started with a number of challenges, but in 10th grade year she made a conscious change and start investing in herself and in her future. With the support of important people in her life, and with her own self-commitment to change her trajectory, Mariah rotated her future course towards success. Change is not easy, and true change requires grit, concentration, and stamina. Today, Mariah is a true example of a young woman's ability to truly change, set a goal, and stay focused on that goal no matter what. Her future is now rich with possibilities and opportunities.
Luis Morales is a senior at William Allen High School. He currently ranks 7th in his class with a GPA of 4.6. He is the President of the National Honor Society (NHS) and Vice-President of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). He is the Drum Major of the William Allen Marching Band and also the Lighting Designer/Production Manager for the Theater Department. He is also a member of the Chorale and the Stage/Run/Technical Crew. He has or is taking 11 AP classes. He is planning to attend Northwestern University, Lehigh University, or the University of Delaware to study Chemical Engineering.