Junior Oriana Orozco was honored for her work in the Latino community at the 2008 Diamante Awards in September. Receiving the Latina Youth Leadership award, Oriana is the second student from Lourdes to receive this recognition.

A graduate from Whitmer High School where she was president of the Latino Club, Oriana was nominated for the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award and has received scholarships from a number of Hispanic organizations throughout the region.

A leader within the Latino student community, Oriana joined the Lourdes College Latino Student Union (LSU) in the Fall of 2006 and was elected President in 2007, a position she continues to hold.

Oriana at DiamanteIn her role as President of LSU, Oriana has raised dollars for migrant families in northwest Ohio through fundraisers. In addition, she fosters awareness of Latino organizations such as the Sophia Quintero Association and Latino culture through LSU.

Outside of LSU, Oriana is involved as a Student Leader for the "Get in the Game" New Student Orientation Program and is a member of the Admissions Ambassadors student organization. She also volunteers at a variety of Lourdes sponsored events including Latino Career Day, State of the College, the College's 50th Anniversary Celebration and other institutional events.

Outside of Lourdes, Oriana volunteers at Washington Church as a nanny and has won various awards including Baile Latina queen and national championships as a dancer and cheerleader. She currently coaches at CheerWorks Gym, home of the Sparks All Stars, a cheer, dance and tumbling team.

"I am honored to receive the Diamante Latina Youth Leadership Award," says Oriana. "To be recognized by the Latino community means a lot to me. I appreciate all that the Diamante Awards and Lourdes College do for the Latino community."

The Diamante (Spanish for "diamond") Awards were founded in 1989 by IMAGE of Northwest Ohio. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements and service in the Latino community and in northwest Ohio.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the Diamante Awards support scholarships for Latino students at the four sponsoring colleges and universities: Bowling Green State University, Lourdes College, Owens Community College and The University of Toledo.