Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Students stand out.(Reach Out)

Byline: Susan Stiger Journal Staff Writer

Hero Wall is dedicated this month to youths who work to make a difference in the world around them

If you're concerned about the youth of America, the Hero Wall in Coronado shopping center should give you hope. Thirteen exemplary students have been nominated as HEROES for their volunteerism, character and example to others. Take Eloy Montoya, for example. After a full day at Valley High School, Montoya heads to Hubert Humphrey Elementary School to volunteer with the YMCA's after-school program there.

Montoya and his 12 fellow heroes were nominated for the month of November through the YMCA's Youth Achievers Character Counts program.

All of these youths regularly give of their time and energy to various YMCA endeavors. They are considered role models, speaking out against drug and alcohol use and violence, and working with younger students and with adults who need their help.

Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal, Coronado Center and KRQE-TV, the Hero Wall is part of the national HEROICS program, an acronym for Helping Everyone Reach Out in Community Service. The wall, located in Coronado's Center Court, features a new group of heroes every month.

Nomination forms are available at the wall and final selections are made by a panel of Coronado merchants, community leaders and representatives of the Albuquerque Journal. …

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