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Chandler teen honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation

March 25th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
Chandler teen honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation


A Chandler Prep Academy senior has earned an award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for excelling in his classes and community.

Angel Alessandro Lex Caoile received a silver medal in the foundation’s Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony earlier this month.

The 22-year-old program honors Latino high school seniors who excel in various categories, from finance and public service to healthcare and science to others.

Awardees receive grants for their education or to fund an idea or community project to encourage “actionable leadership.”

Recipients will then be mentored by past award winners as they prepare to attend college and start their careers through the foundation’s Latinos On Fast Track workforce development program.

“There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States and we are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population,” said foundation President/CEO Antonio Tijerino.

“We’re in good hands as a community and as a country with these outstanding young leaders going forward.”

Angel, who plans to major in electrical engineering when he enters Arizona State University college later this year, carries a 3.95 GPA and won his medal in the technology segment of the awards.

“Angel sees himself as an engineer at heart,” the foundation stated. “He loves math, technology and scientific problem-solving and sees engineering as the ideal union of all three.”

To prepare for his future career, he has participated in several ASU programs. Last summer, he competed at the university’s The Challenge 2020, a virtual engineering design competition held by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

In The Challenge, Angel’s team worked alongside industry leaders to design solutions for reducing COVID-19 spread in schools, mainly cafeterias.

Their main solution was to replace lunch lines with an app-based food-pickup system in order to reduce crowding.

Angel is also part of the ASU’s National Summer Transportation Institute Scholar’s Program, a 9-month program that engages students in transportation engineering and the various other engineering concentrations that work to plan and maintain Arizona’s systems of transportation. Academically gifted, Angel has taken all engineering classes offered by his school.

He has also taken numerous college courses through the ASU Open Scale Program and is taking CLEP exams for these courses to receive proper college credit. This puts him on a path to complete a master’s degree by the time he is 20.

He is President of his school’s Spanish Culture Club and was selected by the US Department of State to serve as Youth Ambassador Representative for Costa Rica. Angel left the Philippines for the U.S. with his mother 6.

“Together they faced many adversities. How far he has made it and all he has achieved are testaments to his dedication, persistence, and genius,” the foundation said.