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OCTECHS valedictorian honored with state Student Hero award

Just days after her high school graduation, Ashley Manquero, the valedictorian of OCTECH’s Class of 2022, learned she had been awarded 1 of 15 Student Hero awards from the State Board of Education (SBOE). Each of the 15 elected State Board representatives selects one student from their region to receive this award. The District 1 representative, Georgina Perez from El Paso, selected Ashley. Her name was read as part of a resolution at the SBOE meeting in Austin on June 17.

Dr. Muri on the left, Ashley on the right as he presents plaque


On Thursday, June 30, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Muri presented the Student Hero recognition to Ashley in the ECISD Board Room.

A hard-working student who thinks of others’ needs and has the initiative to make things happen, Ashley earned this recognition for her many community outreach efforts not only here in Odessa but also in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her projects range from helping the homeless with hygiene packages; to advocating for women in abusive relationships through volunteer work at the Crisis Center; to organizing a drive to collect feminine products for low-income families, women in shelters and even fellow students; to visiting children in the hospital dressed as a superhero, or delivering a pizza to them to brighten their day. These are places adults often shy away from but not Ashley. She is continually looking for ways to make the community better and she tackles problems head-on.

School and district leaders feel the title of this award is very appropriate – Student Hero – and ECISD is proud to join the State Board of Education, and District 1 representative Georgina Perez in recognizing Ashley with this award.

The Student Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in Pre-Kindergarten through high school who voluntarily work to assist and/or benefit their fellow Texas students. The service must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirement, class, or community project.