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Date: April 13, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Honor High-Achieving Hispanic Students on April 27
Event Features Keynote Speeches by Montgomery College Alumni Wendy Thompson of ZGS Communications and Alejandro Carrasco of Radio América

Montgomery College will honor its high-achieving Hispanic students for academic excellence at its annual Hispanic Student Academic Awards program on Friday, April 27, at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the College’s Germantown Campus in Globe Hall, located within the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive in Germantown, Md.

The afternoon ceremony recognizes more than 120 Hispanic students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and completed 24 or more credits. In the fall of 2006, more than 3,600 Hispanic undergraduate students enrolled at Montgomery College, making up nearly 16 percent of the College’s credit student enrollment. The number of Hispanic students at the College has grown steadily over the past four years.

The keynote speakers for the event will be student Alicia Tito and Montgomery College alumni Wendy Thompson, vice president of operations for ZGS Communications, and Alejandro Carrasco, president of Radio América 1540 AM.

A native of Peru, Thompson oversees the day-to-day operations of nine Telemundo affiliate stations throughout the U.S., as well as the operations of the three radio stations that are part of the ZGS Communications family. She began her career with ZGS as a sales account executive at the Telemundo Washington, DC, progressing to general manager of the tv station and radio station Viva 900 only a year later. Following her studies at Montgomery College, Ms. Thompson earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maryland.

Along with owning and leading Radio América, Carrasco produces and hosts the station’s morning show, “Calentando la Manana” (Heating up the Morning). Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Carrasco attended college in Santiago at the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. He immigrated to the United States in 1983, and continued his education at Montgomery College. He soon found a career as a radio news anchor on WMDO 1540 AM, a Spanish-language radio station. Within two years, he joined WILC 900 AM and later became its general manager. In 1997, Carrasco became an entrepreneur, leasing the frequency for 1540 AM and acquiring the station three years later.

For more information about the Hispanic Student Academic Awards, contact Ada Garcia-Casellas at 301-444-1801.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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