MANATEE -- Jorge Zamarripa’s dream is to help those in the migrant community by becoming a doctor.
His grandfather worked his entire life as a migrant worker, so Zamarripa, 18, refuses to allow that community to go without a voice.
The Manatee High School senior’s after-school activities include helping students and parents who don’t speak English as a first language, and aiding underprivileged families.
On Thursday night, his efforts were rewarded with the foreign language award at the 34th annual Golden Herald Awards at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.
Zamarripa was one of 151 students nominated in 15 categories in which a winner and honorable mention were recognized.
“It feels great,” said Zamarripa, as he hugged classmates who ran up to congratulate him.
He plans on attending the University of Florida, where he will major in pre-med and political science.
“I want to open a practice that will help people who can’t afford it,” he said.
Just like Zamarripa, Kristin Terrana of Braden River High School said it was a surreal feeling when she heard her name read off as the art award winner.
“I was shaking,” she said. “I was so happy and excited.”
Terrana, 18, got her first camera in the fourth grade and has since shared her passion by teaching children photography.
Photography “really changed my life,” Terrana said. “I was so driven by it, which is why I started teaching children photography. I figured if it changed my life it can change there’s, too.”
She’ll attend Montclair State University in New Jersey and study journalism and political science.
Along with the Bradenton Herald, Manatee Memorial Hospital is a longtime major sponsor of the Golden Heralds.
Other sponsors include AutoWay Ford of Bradenton, Bright House Networks, Regions Bank, Keiser University, University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee, Manatee Education Foundation and the Chiles Restaurant Group.
Citizenship award winner Camden Mills, of Manatee High School, was the winner of a two-year lease for a Ford Fiesta by AutoWay Ford.