Nebo’s Eileen Quin­tana re­ceives pres­ti­gious award

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Lana Hiskey

Haylee Jo­hansen, pro­gram as­sis­tant at the Utah Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work, re­cently sur­prised Eileen Quin­tana as one of Utah’s Amer­i­can Grad­u­ate Cham­pi­ons. Eileen Quin­tana is the pro­gram man­ager of the Ti­tle VII Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram in Nebo School Dis­trict. Quin­tana’s co-work­ers, fam­ily, Nebo School Dis­trict Di­rec­tor of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion/Fed­eral Pro­grams J. Lynn Jones and Nebo School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen were in at­ten­dance to con­grat­u­late Quin­tana on this pres­ti­gious award.

Utah Amer­i­can Grad­u­ate is a UEN project that con­nects peo­ple to re­sources

that sup­port aca­demic and ca­reer suc­cess. Utah Amer­i­can Grad­u­ate is also part of a na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion for Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing project called Amer­i­can Grad­u­ate. More than 80 pub­lic tele­vi­sion and ra­dio sta­tions have joined forces with more than 1,000 part­ners and at-risk schools in 30 states to im­prove high school grad­u­a­tion rates in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Jo­hansen said, “Eileen, your sig­nif­i­cant work is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence with stu­dents and your com­mu­nity. We need peo­ple like you! I would like to honor you with an Hon­orary Amer­i­can Grad­u­ate Cham­pion cer­tifi­cate for all your hard work. On be­half of Utah, thank you.”

Quin­tana was nom­i­nated by a com­mu­nity mem­ber. Con­nect­ing ed­u­ca­tion to cul­ture can be key to help­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can stu­dents suc­ceed. Through home­work labs and sum­mer camps for stu­dents in Nebo School Dis­trict, Quin­tana brings in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion to 220 stu­dents who need the re­sources and sup­port.

“We face many chal­lenges such as poverty, low grad­u­a­tion rate across the state, health is­sues and high sui­cide rates;” Quin­tana said, “but we are also re­silient, hard-work­ing, close-knit fam­i­lies through clans and tribes. We are a strong com­mu­nity that feels very com­mit­ted to the suc­cess of our youth.”

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Eileen Quin­tana on sup­port­ing Nebo’s Na­tive Amer­i­can stu­dents and help­ing them suc­ceed with one of the highest grad­u­a­tion rates in the coun­try.

Eileen Quin­tana, the pro­gram man­ager of Nebo School Dis­trict’s Ti­tle VII Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram, was re­cently hon­ored by the Utah Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work as one of Utah’s Amer­i­can Grad­u­ate Cham­pi­ons.

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