ASC student helps welcome President of Mexico at White House

(05-19-2010)

Adams State sophomore pre-medicine major Ashley Maestas, of San Luis, was a guest of President Barack Obama Wednesday. As the Latin American Education Foundation's Student of the Year 2009, she was invited to a White House ceremony welcoming Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, and first lady Margarita Zavala to the United States for a bilateral meeting and state dinner.

Ashley Maestas, 2009 Latin American Education Foundation Student of the Year

Ashley Maestas, 2009 Latin American Education Foundation Student of the Year

Officials from LAEF, based in Denver, and two other Colorado students were also included. In addition to visiting the White House, the group plans to see D.C.'s monuments, memorials and museums.

Maestas' LAEF recognition included a four-year scholarship to the college of her choice. Her experience of a prolonged illness prompted her desire to become a physician. "I don't want any other child to have to struggle as I did. If I can help, I want to make it better for them."

Maestas graduated from Centennial High School with a 4.0 GPA. In high school she was active in Class Council, National Honor Society, and received the Positive Behavior Roll Model Award.

By Julie Waechter