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Tulsa Public Schools Honors Tomás Rivera Awards Recipients

On Thursday, May 14, the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission announced their 2020 Tomás Rivera Award recipients, recognizing individuals who have made a positive impact in Tulsa’s Latinx community. This year’s award winners included 15 students and one educator from Tulsa Public Schools. The Heroes in Education Award is given to outstanding community members who support Latinx students and families in their role as a parent-volunteer, teacher, educational researcher, tutor or mentor, school staff member, or community partner. Student award winners are selected based on their leadership in extracurricular activities both in school and in the community. These students must be in their junior or senior year of high school with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and 90-percent attendance in the first semester of the current school year.

“We are grateful to the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission for elevating and celebrating our Latinx scholars and community partners,” said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. “Even with the disruption of recent months, these students have continued to stay focused on learning, and I’m proud to see so many of our high schools represented in this year’s class of award recipients.”

This year’s Tomás Rivera Award recipients include:


 Heroes in Education:

  • Cara Lovell, teacher at Will Rogers College Junior High School



  • Booker T. Washington High School
    • Giselle Bustos
    • Gloria Rubio
    • José Saldívar
    • Joshua Finch
    • Markos Wester Rivera
    • Paige Finch


  • East Central High School
    • Randy Castorena


  • Nathan Hale High School
    • Carlos Pita Pérez
    • Melany Almonte Sosa
    • Sheila Lara Chavarría
    • Valerie Martínez


  • Phoenix Rising
    • Lena Hernández


  • Tulsa MET High School
    • Jade Flores


  • Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences
    • Alejandra Guzman


  • Webster High School
    • Dayle Bernal


For more information about the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission, visit

For more information about resources available for Latinx students and families, visit