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October 2008

Rock School student Esteban Hernandez has been presented with Mexico’s National Youth Award in recognition of his achievements in ballet. Esteban was personally honored by President Felipe Calderon in an awards ceremony held on October 3 at the National Palace in Mexico City.

Each year the National Youth Award is presented to the country’s most outstanding young people in categories including science and the arts. Esteban, a native of Guadalajara, is one of this year’s 16 winners, selected from a pool of 33,000 competitors.

Esteban entered The Rock School in September 2007, following in the footsteps of his older brother Isaac, a former Rock School student who now dances with San Francisco Ballet. At the age of 13, Esteban was the second non-Cuban individual to earn a gold medal in the junior division of the International Student Ballet Competition in Havana, Cuba. In April 2008, he won the gold medal in the junior division at the Youth America Grand Prix International Finals in New York.


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