The Mayor Presents medals of merit to cultural exchange students from Puerto Rico (Hatillo)

BY lyanne

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The mayor Luis Quintana gave medals and awards to the middle school “Colegio Nuestra Señora Del Carmen” for their part in an cultural exchange basketball tournament .  Founded in 1962 “Colegio Nuestra Señora Del Carmen” is a catholic school in the municipality of Hatillo.  The director of the school is William Acevedo. The school educates all grades from kindergarten thru twelfth grade.    “Like any other academy the level of education received by the students is held to a higher standard of excellence. Our graduates go to a various universities in the USA where they can continue with their education. Our school believes that we enrich our students by offering sports in our curriculum, volleyball, basketball and soccer are some of the sports played.” said Mr. Acevedo.   Hatillo (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈtiʎo]) is a municipality located on Puerto Rico’s north coast, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Lares and Utuado to the south, Camuy to the west, and Arecibo to the east. According to the 2000 US Census Hatillo is spread over 9 wards and Hatillo Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Hatillo, PR has a strong basketball tradition, preparing talent players that perform on the international stage. People like Fufi Santori, is a well known former BSN basketball player, coach and television sportscaster, have made basketball a popular sport on the island, and have made it a popular place for basketball scout to see and recruit up and coming talent. For basketball recruiter, Hatillo, PR and the adjacent areas, you will find 13 high schools each with a steady supply of Mens Basketball recruits that are attempting to obtain athletic scholarships at colleges across the country in United States.

The  current coach for this basketball team is Barry Herrera (photo of Mr. Herrera with the Mayor) who with the assistance of his partners  in the United States have created a basketball tournament that the school continues to participate in the local exchange with schools residing in New Jersey. His relationship with the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Foundation of Essex County has given the school and its students the opportunity to participate in the Spring Break Tournament for three years now.

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The student played a series of games during the week, they played Abundant Life Academy in Nutley, Rafael Hernandez Elementary School, North ward travel teams, and Robert Treat Academy.  The students have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and the experience of coming to Newark, said the coach, Barry Herrara

Students that participated 2014
Yadiel Candelaria
Pablo Cabrera
Fransico Medina
Oscar Fournier
Samuel Oliverio
Alexander Rivera
Juan D. Morales
Nelson Perez
Sebastian Rivera
Sebastian Delgado
Julian Mahiquez
Sebastian Guzman
Rolando Guzman



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