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Top Honor Goes to Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. H.S. Grad.

Former Student Receives “Every Student Succeeding” Award

Juan Talamantes with family, mentor, and staff

Juan Talamantes, his parents, his mentor Deputy Superintendent Marty Cavanaugh, and the staff members who supported him (from left to right, Andrea Lemos, Cynthia Dunning, Inez R​eyes, Sherilyn Knoll, Barbara Modlin).

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is proud to announce that Juan Talamantes, a 2008 graduate of Elinor Lincoln Hickey Junior/Senior High School, is the recipient of the Every Student Succeeding Award presented by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

The purpose of this award is to honor students at all grade levels that have succeeded, against all odds, beyond expectations or simply won the hearts of the administrators and other educators who helped them achieve their goals. ACSA's Every Student Succeeding program honors students who exceed expectations, as well as the educators who support them along the way.

"We are very proud of the fact that Juan has beaten the odds, and continues to do so," said Marty Cavanaugh, Juan's mentor and Sacramento County Deputy Superintendent of Schools. "I believe that his personal story of hard work and success sets the standard for the Every Student Succeeding program."

Juan Talamantes is currently an AmeriCorps employee, whose primary job function is to reach out to other high risk youth in the community and provide them with leadership and support. He carries his message to others that through perseverance and dedication they, too, can achieve their goal. He is currently enrolling at Sacramento City College and is increasing his post-secondary opportunities while now living on his own as a contributing member of the community.

Juan Talamantes speaking
Juan Talamantes with parents