White House Award

Ramon Rivera was recognized by the White House on September 15th for his ongoing commitment to educational excellence within the Hispanic community. U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert nominated Rivera for the award. Reichert announced the recognition yesterday in Washington DC. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics acknowledged Rivera’s commitment by presenting him with the “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” award and featuring them in the “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education National Online Catalog.”

Rep. Reichert said “It has been my pleasure to work with Director Ramon Rivera and the Mariachi Huenachi group over the past few years. I am proud of the work they have done for their community and for the state of Washington. Since its inception, Mariachi Heunachi has served over 300 youth and has maintained an extraordinary 100% graduation rate. Their commitment to educational excellence and the impact they have made on the lives of hundreds of youth should be a model for the rest of the state and country. I was honored to nominate them for this award and could not think of a more deserving group. Their success should be an inspiration to all of us.”

Director Ramon Rivera said “I feel so blessed that that our Mariachi Program is receiving this high honor from the White House. It is a privilege to be featured as a one of the top Hispanic programs in the nation.”