Category : Awards
Paradise Valley High Senior Honored at the City of Phoenix 2021 OYMYW Virtual Ceremony
Wednesday , May 26 , 2021
Evelyn GarciaHernandez, a recent graduate of the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) program at Paradise Valley High School, is the City of Phoenix 2021 Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman of the Year (OYMYW) – District 2 winner.
“When I found out that I won the award, I was absolutely honored and happy to know that something I worked toward for two years was awarded to me. I’ve aspired to win the award since Ms. Glady, CREST internship coordinator, had told me about it my sophomore year, and to be named the Outstanding Woman 2021 for District 2 my senior year is absolutely amazing.”
GarciaHernandez was one of 18 students who live in Phoenix or attend Phoenix schools selected from more than one hundred applicants. As a district winner, she received $500. The two overall winners are awarded an additional $1,500.
GarciaHernandez added, “The application process was very straightforward and concise. I submitted an essay, resume, teacher recommendation, and citizenship proof in order to be selected as a finalist. Once I was named a finalist, I interviewed with a panel of judges who asked me a diverse range of questions from what changes did I want to make in my community to where I saw myself in 5-10 years. Overall, the process was very smooth, and I’m glad I had the pleasure to be a part of it.”
Applications for the 2022 OYMYW will open in December. Her advice for other Phoenix high school students who may want to apply is, “My biggest piece of advice to anyone who wants to apply for this award is to find and grow your passions! It starts with taking those opportunities and finding what it is that makes you want to make a positive difference in the world. Know that you are more than capable of making a positive change for yourself and others. I am more than thankful to have gone to a school such as Paradise Valley High School that allowed me to become a leader and become proud of the individual I am today.”
The OYMYW program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of young people, enhances the perception of youth and raises community awareness of the positive contributions of youth. During the past 35 years, 500 students have been recognized. This year, nearly 100 students attending high school in Phoenix applied for this award.
“I want to give a huge thank you to Paradise Valley High School and all the teachers and staff who believed in my potential to make a positive difference in my school and community. PVHS is the perfect place to share and be proud of who you are, and I am extremely blessed to have gotten the opportunity to have gone there these past four years. I encourage everyone to go out and make a positive change in your school and community. You are more than capable of creating beneficial change for yourself and others,” she said.
GarciaHernandez is part of the school’s healthcare academy, where she is on the path to receive a certified assistant nursing certificate by the end of the year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of Women Scholars, and Health Occupation Students of America. She started her own club during her freshman year Latinos Education Diversity, which promotes cultural diversity, not only in school but in the community. GarciaHernandez has served as captain for the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Her biggest accomplishment is enlisting in the United States Army Reserves Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at 17 years old. She will attend Arizona State University – Barrett Honors and ROTC programs and will major in forensic sciences and minor in ethnic studies. Her goal is to apply to medical school, as well as receive commission as a second lieutenant in the Army.