Raúl Rojas, 4.8 GPA: Accepted to all Ivy League Schools

Fullerton teen who is one of an elite crew accepted by all eight Ivy League schools has decided to go to Yale. Fullerton High School senior Fernando Rojas, 17, is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is a skilled debater, earned a national championship, and a 4.8 GPA (grade point average). He was a co-valedictorian in high school, and attributes his success to his parents, who told him to reach high.

“Both my parents instilled working hard, never giving up and just resilience,” he told the news station. He is one of four children of Raul Rojas, 59, and Maria wife, 56, who moved to the…

Keep your kids reading this summer

Summer Learning Day is on June 19, and in celebration, the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is offering you a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card.

Why is summer learning important? Every summer, children risk losing up to three months in reading skills. Year after year, these losses add up. High-quality summer learning opportunities make a difference in curbing summer learning losses, but only 17 percent of Arkansas students currently have access to a high-quality program.

Summer learning opportunities are everywhere. When your kids read books, keep a journal, visit the…

Students Organize First “Harvard Latino Graduation”

A desire to create a space where Latinos graduating from Harvard University can celebrate their accomplishments with their families in a more meaningful and personal way led a group of students to organize the first-ever Harvard Latin@ Graduation ceremony.

“Many of us are first generation college graduates and come from middle to lower income backgrounds. So to be able to graduate from a prestigious institution like Harvard, it’s just really a dream come true,” said Erika Ontiveros Carlsen, a 27 year old who graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Harvard. She led efforts to…

Latina sailors strengthening U.S. Navy

What comes to mind when you think of New York’s Fleet Week? Perhaps, big ships and strong Navy men in their pressed white uniforms taking photos with eager female fans and tourists in Times Square. But what about the women? If you pay attention, you’ll notice the face of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. military continues to change and Hispanic women are serving like never before.

The number of enlisted Hispanics in the U.S. military has more than doubled since 1995. Overall, the number of Hispanic enlisted women has increased nearly 10 times over the past two decades. During that same…

Single Parent scholarship available until May 29

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County (SPSF-Pulaski) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic year through Friday, May 29. SPSF-Pulaski recipients must be a single parent, with legal custody and have sole responsibility for the daily care of at least one child under the age of 18. Recipients must also maintain a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average; be eligible to receive a federal Pell grant; be enrolled as a full-time student; be working toward an undergraduate degree or certificate program; and be a resident of Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Recipients must be…

Very young kids often use tablets, smartphones

Up to half of very young children use smartphones and tablets in some way before their first birthday, a new study finds. But parents still worry about their children’s use of mobile media, a separate study says.

“We were not surprised to find out children were exposed to mobile devices at a young age,” said Dr. Hilda Kabali, a pediatric resident at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and the author of the study on babies’ mobile use. “Most parents now have mobile devices and children are attracted to them.”

In her group’s study, 370 parents from a mostly urban, low-income…

“Inside the Springdale School District”

School District Horace Mann once said, “The public school is America’s greatest invention.” For parents who have their children enrolled in public schools and who are directly connected to their schools as volunteers, PTA members, booster club members, WatchDOG dads, Safegate moms, mentors, etc., again I expect that upon reflection they would concur with the sentiment expressed by Horace Mann.

Clearly there are other sentiments that are expressed by public school dissidents and special interest groups. Their opinions count and warrant study and reflection. These are the public’s…

Attorney General offer internships for college students’

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this week that her office is launching an intern program for college students seeking to learn more about a career in government and public service.

“Internships can be invaluable for college students to gain real-world experience as they try to decide their career path,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “An internship in the Attorney General’s Office will encourage careers in public service and offer students the opportunity to directly impact people across the State. The Attorney General’s Office already has a…

Actress Gina Rodriguez joins Hispanic Scholarship Fund Board of Directors

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, HSF, the nation’s largest not-for-profit supporting Hispanic American higher education, announced the addition of Golden Globe winner actress Gina Rodriguez, to its Board of Directors effective immediately.

An HSF Scholarship recipient herself, Rodriguez brings a unique, personal perspective to the organization’s cross-industry board, led by James McNamara, Founder and Chairman of Panamax Films LLC.

Rodriguez claimed her 2015 Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, after being named the “next big thing” and one of the “top 35…