Woman makes final cut in national essay contest

first_imgWHITTIER – Surfing the Net a couple of weekends ago might make Whittier resident Nora Flores $10,000 richer. The 23-year-old receptionist said she was looking for information on the Univision Web site when she came upon an essay contest. “I had always wanted to enter one, and the theme of the essay interested me,” Flores said Wednesday. What she stumbled upon was the DeVry University’s “Mi Gente Con Mente” essay contest. Devry is sponsoring a contest by the Latino social network that asks entrants to answer “What is the value of a higher education and how is it important to the Latino community?” One of the more than 400 contestants included Flores, who is attending Fullerton College full time and is a sociology major. “I never thought I’d be a finalist, especially since I didn’t give it much thought after I wrote the essay,” she said. All 10 finalists will each receive $1,000, and the grand prize winner will receive $10,000 toward an education. The winner will be determined by public voting, which began Sept. 14 and ends Sept. 30. The winner will be announced Oct. 8. Flores estimates she took about 30 to 40 minutes to write what education means to her and the Latino community. “I just started typing in the box, and then I submitted after reading it once and making one or two changes,” she said. Her answer to the question is personal, she said, unlike some of the other nine finalists. “I spoke from the heart about what education means to me and my family,” said Flores, who is the first in her family to attend college. She wrote that education is only a word for some, while to her, like so many in the Latino community, it is the answer to questions about a successful future. Flores’ parents, Catalina, 47, and Benjamin, 48, both dropped out of school before they reached high school, but they have always stressed the importance of an education. “They work so hard for our family, but cannot afford to send us all to college.” She has two younger sisters, ages 21 and 10, and a younger brother, 16. Flores has a full-time job at a local business to pay for college. She is like so many young people trying to pay for an education, which is why DeVry is sponsoring the contest. “Unfortunately, there is much concern about Hispanics being underserved by the traditional college system,” said DeVry University spokesperson Dan Dement. “It’s DeVry’s goal to empower Latinos to seize educational opportunities wherever they may be to make positive impacts both in their communities as their own lives.” It’s also a way, he said, for the school to give back to a community that has supported it for a long time. “DeVry is the leading producer of Hispanic graduates earning bachelor’s degrees in the field of computer and information sciences in the country,” Dement said. And because of the support of her family, Flores will not quit school no matter the outcome of the contest. “I hope people vote for me,” she said, “but I will be in school until I get my degree.” She wants to use a sociology degree to go into the human services field to help others find their way. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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Clare Mc Elwaine SW Individual44 58 45.55 Aaonri Cheevers SM Letterkenny A C45 110 45.56 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A C46 72 46.12 Hugh O’ Donnell M50 Individual47 44 46.16 James Doherty M60 Milford A C48 39 46.36 Garry Langan SM Individual49 88 46.47 Karl Crossan SM Individual50 101 46.54 AnnMarie Cannign SW Individual51 86 47.00 James Mc Bride M60 Individual52 54 47.12 Paddy Hegarty SM Individual53 106 47.54 Nancy Mc Namee W50 Finn Valley A C54 85 47.58 Gloria Donaghey W50 Finn Valley A C55 92 48.21 Ciaran Doherty SM UnitedHealthGroup56 5 48.44 Patricia Orsi W40 Milford A C57 6 48.44 James Gibbons M50 Milford A C58 43 48.48 John Pollock M50 Individual59 27 48.59 Charlie Crerand M40 Individual60 40 49.02 Pauline Sweeney SW Individual61 127 49.49 Stephen Roarty SM Individual62 66 49.54 Regina Gallagher SW Individual21 September Page 2 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 70 49.56 Lorraine Mc Daid SW Individual64 19 50.06 Imelda Gallagher SW Individual65 109 50.06 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77.27 Julie Mc Devitt Female Individual112 131 78.53 Claire Ward Walker Individual113 132 78.56 Jade Ward Walker Individual114 111 82.52 Saoirse Cullen Girl Walker Individual115 37 82.53 Megan Murray Girl Walker Individual116 13 83.10 Rose Coyle Female Individual117 15 83.10 Peggy Gallagher Female Individual118 118 83.20 Stephanie O’ Hara Female Individual119 14 88.44 Sandra Cullen Female Milford A C120 16 88.44 Mary O’ Donnell Female Milford A C121 17 88.44 Nancy Gallagher Female Milford A C122 34 90.04 Bernie Murray Female Individual123 113 92.30 Naomi Hunter Girl Walker Individual124 36 92.31 Molly Murray Female Individual125 62 92.32 Mary Durning Female IndividualTotal Runners: 125RESULTS FROM THE MILFORD SCOIL MHUIRE 10K was last modified: September 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share 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