Stockton, Ca / Bilingual Weekly
Three new inductees were added to the Stockton-San Joaquin Mexican American Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 28, 2010.
The Hall was established in 1989 as a means “to recognize the contributions of individuals of Hispanic descent who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Hispanics in San Joaquin County.”
This year’s selected included teacher Manuel “Manny” Moreno, musicians Jose and Leopoldo Sosa, and health educator Rita Vasquez.
Lincoln High School Science teacher and 2005 San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year Moreno says “One of my greatest accomplishments is to inspire students who have given up on learning to try and learn again.”
Leopoldo Sosa (d. 2006) and his now 91-year old brother Jose played their way from their native Guadalajara to the United States, settling in Stockton in the early 1960s were they formed Mariachi Jilguero, devoting decades to enlightening weddings and traditional fiestas.
Psychologist, Rita Vasquez, in addition to her many community volunteer endeavors, spent the better part of the last decade advocating for patients whose life depended on organ donors.
The Mexican American Hall of Fame began as the vision of Roberto “Veto” Ramirez —a mathematics teacher, high school counselor and coach who passed on July 29, 2010— because, in his words, “we are in dire need of role models for our youth”