Congratulations to Century High School’s Higher Education Coordinator Beau Menchaca for being named a 2015-2016 ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ award winner. Menchaca learned of his award at a  surprise ceremony during the school’s Open House event, March 26, 2016. Menchaca was selected as a LifeChanger of the Year winner out of more than 620 teachers, administrators and school district employees nominated for the award from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He joins 15 honorees nationwide. He was nominated by Juan Vardin, a former student. He will receive a $3,000 prize.

Here’s an excerpt explaining why the selection committee selected Menchaca out of all the nominees. “After overhearing two female students talking about what they wanted to be, how there had never been a women president in the US and whether or not women in the world held any positions of influence, Menchaca organized “The Gallery of Illustrious Women.” For this display, Menchaca began a letter writing campaign to inspirational female leaders all over the world, asking them to send a picture and a letter encouraging everyone, especially girls, to aspire to be the best they could be and work towards making a difference in the world. Each letter and picture he received was displayed at Century High School.

Menchaca also developed the Apple Awards, which is an integral part of uplifting school spirit and cultivating a nurturing atmosphere. The awards involve the entire community with nominating and honoring educators.

In addition to the programs Menchaca has developed, he works hard each day to make sure everyone knows that higher education is an option for them. The Higher Education Center is open to everyone, regardless of their grade level or GPA, and Menchaca boosts it success by getting parents involved, inviting colleges to come and present and working with students one-on-one to determine the next steps beyond high school.”