Prudy Vallejo and Carmen Ledo were named Hispanic Man and Woman of the Year by the Hillsborough County Hispanic Employee Council.
The two were honored during the annual Hispanic Heritage celebration at the County Center last week. They work for the Department of Community Health and Human Services.
Ledo, a senior human services supervisor who has been with the county for 20 years, manages employees at the Ruskin Neighborhood Service Center.
Ledo was a runner-up for the county's Volunteer of the Year award in 1991. Her leadership helped her staff win the county's Team Effectiveness Award in June. She also serves on the board of directors of the Mary and Martha House, a shelter for abused women and children in Ruskin.
Vallejo, a county employee for 28 years, manages his department's Investigative Unit/Refugee Entrance Employment Services. The section conducts field investigations for social workers, supervises burials of indigent residents and helps Cuban and Haitian refugees find jobs.
Vallejo is chairman of the Civil Service Employee Advisory Committee and helped develop the county's affirmative action plans. He also has served as vice president of the Hispanic Employee Council.
Students on the write track: A dozen students were rewarded for their winning words in the Tampa Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest on Wednesday.
Following the theme, "Hispanics in Tampa _ Past and Present," students from grades six through 12 entered essays in English and Spanish between Aug. 29 and Sept. 23.
The English winners for grades six through eight are: Kevin Fennelly, first place; J.R. O'Reilly, second place; Beth Reph, third place; and Nicole Skourellos, honorable mention.
English language winners in grades 9 through 12 were Gillian Folkes, first place; Tina Jannoun, second place; Saioa Torrealday; third place; and Laurie A. Fernandez, honorable mention.
Winning Spanish essays were by Javiera Sequeira, first place; Yunetsis Perez, second place; Myrna I. Serrano, third place; and Lisa Diaz, honorable mention.
The Eighth Annual Tampa Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest awards banquet was held in the Hillsborough Schools administrative center auditorium. The top three winners in each category received U.S. savings bonds for $250, $150 and $100 respectively.
Art around town: Raicez: the Alliance of Latinamerican Artists is sponsoring three art exhibits in recognition of this year's Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
More than 50 resident artists have offered their works for display.
Works can be seen in the County Center lobby, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in downtown, at the Hillsborough Community College Fine Arts Gallery at 15th Street and Palm Avenue in Ybor City and at the Austin Davis Gallery, 17808 Wayne Road in Keystone.
The exhibit at the Austin Davis Gallery includes works by children. The exhibits will be on display through Nov. 5.
Learning Peruvian history: Dr. Harry Vanden, director of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Center at the University of South Florida, will speak about Mariategui, a Peruvian intellectual who lived from 1894-1930.
The lecture, co-sponsored by the Peruvian Club, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Center in Cooper Hall, Room 455.
Many Latin American countries are celebrating the centenary of Mariategui's birth this year. Vanden has also been invited to speak about him at the Library of Congress in December.
A video on Peru will be shown following the lecture and refreshments will be served.
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