Guel Family

Carmen C. Guel Educational Recognition

Several years ago, a foundation was established in honor of bisabuela Carmen Corrales de Guel intending to instill value and pride in educational success. Each year, older and younger generations alike proudly recognize special accomplishments and academic graduations. As such, her legacy continues...

Purpose

The primary purpose of the Carmen C. Guel Education Fund is to provide recognition, support and financial assistance to the educational accomplishments of family and associated participants in the Guel Family Annual Reunion. This educational support is intended to honor the memory of Carmen C. Guel who, throughout her lifetime, displayed compassion, recognition, and support towards all the members of her family with pride and honor. Her legacy is one that helps to build self-esteem in all individuals by personal recognition and support of the individual spirit.

About the Logo by: Alicia del Carmen Guel

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Carmen C Guel Scholarship Logo

“The logo that I designed for the Carmen C. Guel Scholarship Fund is my effort to capture her spirit and essence. As the fund is in honor of her life and accomplishments, I feel the logo should pay tribute to our memories of her. I have chosen a black background to represent the Heavens above from which she sits and watches over us, where she is most likely serenaded by the Mariachi.

Her love of the Mariachi is represented by the three silhouettes hidden in the sky. For Grandma herself, I chose not to draw her face, as I feel that each generation has their own memories of what she looked like. Instead, I have created her silvery, wavy hair in one long trenza with a peineta to hold it back with a personalized hair comb. The rose, which rests on her temple, represents the fond memories to all who visited her at her home on Monroe Street and admired her beautiful rose bushes at the gate. Finally, to tie in the theme of education, I created an open book and a diploma-like scroll. It is as if she is looking down upon us and giving her approval of our efforts to keep her spirit alive.”

8th Grade Graduates:
  • Andrew Loredo, great-grandson of Leonard
High School Graduates:
  • Celeste Carmen Esparza-Aguayo, great-granddaughter of Ana
  • Diego Criado Brown, great-grandson of Ana
  • Celeste Isabella M. Mason, great-great granddaughter of Ana
  • Daniel Guel, great-grandson of Leonard
  • Dylan Martinez, great-grandson of Leonard
  • Taylor Guel, granddaughter of Vince
  • Martin Diego Alicio Ruiz, great-grandson of Luis
  • Michael Guel, grandson of Juan
  • Derek Kilgore, long time family friend through Luis’ branch of the family
  • Devante Guel, great-grandson of Luis

    College Graduates:
  • Abigail Bernal, Associate’s Degree, Modesto Junior College: great-granddaughter of Leonard
  • Gabriel Vasquez, Bachelor’s Degree, San Diego State University: great-grandson of Ana
  • Nicole Jung, Bachelor’s Degree, California State University Stanislaus, granddaughter of Elvia
8th Grade Graduates:
  • Lauren Guel
  • Milan Abel Valenzuela
  • Aisha Beebe
  • Sophia Alicia Harvey
  • Agustin Avila
  • Sebastian Garces
High School Graduates:
  • Grant Cavan
  • Daniella Criado Hernandez
  • Eddie Laredo
  • Bella Guel
  • Liliana Sierra Guel

    College Graduates:
  • Destiny Esparza Aguayo, Bachelor’s Degree, San Jose State University
  • Mattea Carveiro, Bachelor’s Degree, Holy Names University
  • Jose Martinez, Bachelor’s Degree, University of Nevada Reno

8th Grade Graduates

  • Angel Trujillo
  • Alexis Hernandez
  • Daniel Criado Hernandez
  • Gabrielle Sofia Garza
  • Nathan Hernandez
  • Simona Alicia Garces

High School Graduates

  • Frankie Esparza Aguayo
  • Joaquin Truman Alejandro Ruiz
  • Jorge “Chapas” Valencia Guel Jr.
  • Trinity Hernandez

College Graduates

  •  Aliana Solorzano Criado, Bachelor’s Degree, CSU- Monterey Bay
  • Evangelina Maya Ruiz, Bacherlor’s Degree, University of Chicago

8th Grade Graduates

  • Elias Trujillo
  • Cristian Ugarte
  • Angelina Garcia
  • Reese Reed

High School Graduates

  • Philip Luis Guel
  • Adam Vincent Arnold
  • Reyna Guel
  • Caitlin O’Campo
  • Savannah Guel
  • Emma Reed
  • Jeremiah Munoz

College Graduates

  • Jaimie Arterberry, Associate’s Degree
  • Destiny Esparza Aguayo, Associate’s Degree
  •  Naomi Keith, Bachelor’s Degree, San Jose State University

8th Grade Graduates

  • Taylor Guel
  • Maya Elizabeth Smith
  • Martin Diego Alicio Ruiz
  • Devante Javier Guel
  • Celeste Isabella Macias
  • Celeste Esparza-Aguayo
  • Michael Vincent Guel
  • Ty Clemons
  • Diego Criado Brown

High School Graduates

  • Sarah Morgan

College Graduates

  • Angelica Marie Solorazano-Criado, Bachelor’s Degree, California State
  • Michele Guel, Master’s Degree, San Jose State University

8th Grade Graduates

  • Grant Cavan
  • Bella Monet Guel
  • Liliana Guel
  • Daniella Hernandez
  • Derek Kilgore
  • James Terrel Knaules
  • Mary Jane Johnson
  • Sebastian Garcia
  • Thomas John Elizondo

High School Graduates

  • Destiny Esparza-Aguayo
  • Ceonna Jean Castro
  • Santiago Garces
  • Sybella Garces
  • Robert Guel
  • Amor Jimenez
  • Nina Knaules
  • Clair Moreno
  • Justin Vargas
  • Gabriel Vasquez
  • Joseph Barrera

College Graduates

  • Nicole Jung – AA from Delta Junior College
  • Naomi Keith – AA from Merced College
  • Jonathan Vinaja – AA from San José City College
  • Olivia Vinaja Fields – AA from Foothill Community College in Radiology
  • Aaron Aguilar – BA from The Academy of Art
  • Nathaniel Guel – BA from San José State University
  • Tiffany Crystal Martinez – BS from California State University East Bay
  • Aaron Bevan – BS from Nebraska Westlyn College
  • Honorable Mention Awards
  • Elias Hernandez IV – Air Force Military Academy Basic Training

8th Grade Graduates

  • Francisco Esparza-Aguayo
  • Jorge Valencia-Guel
  • Joaquin Truman Alejandro Ruiz
  • Julian Alexander Martinez
  • Trinity Hernandez

High School Graduates

  • Brian Joseph Brakett
  • Payton Marr
  • Aliana Marie Solorzano Criado
  • Evangelina Maya Ruiz

College Graduates

  • Natally Acosta – Bachelor of Arts
  • Jose Luis Guel – Bachelor of Arts
  • Lydia Guel – Masters Business Administration

The following family members received formal recognition at our annual reunion:

 Promotions from Middle School

  • Taylor Guel
  • Celeste Carmen Esparza Aguayo
  • Liliana Guel
  • Daniela Criado Hernandez
  • Graduations from 8th Grade
  • Savannah Guel
  • Emma Reed
  • Angel Jimenez
  • Philip Guel
  • James Jenkins
  • Reyna Guel

Graduations from High School

  • Manuel Isaac Esparza-Auayo
  • Graduation with AA Degree
  • Olivia Vinaja Fields
  • Alyssa Esparza-Aguayo

Graduation With BA Degree

  • Andrea Guel
  • Kristie Guel

Graduation with Masters Degree

  • Sophia M. Guel-Valenzuela
  • Heroic Achievement Award
  • Luis Guel

The following family members received formal recognition at our annual reunion:

 

  • Kristopher Jones, son of Roberta Galaz, graduated from 8th grade from California Connections Online Academy
  • Naomi Cesarina Keith,  daughter of Rita Guel-Valencia, Jorge Valencia, and Eric Keith, graduated from Pacheco High School
  • Monica Criado Conner, daughter of Anita Criado Brown, graduated from Mountain View High School
  • Alisa Guel, daughter of Vince Guel Jr., graduated from Soquel High School
  • Serena Acosta, niece of David and Trishia Jung, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Kaplan College
  • Michael Anthony Nunez, compadre of Larry and Raquel Jimenez, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix
  • Ronnie Marr, Jr., nephew of Ruben and Rosa Gonzalez, first respondent firefighter promoted to Captain for Fort Smith Arkansas Fire Department

The following family members received formal recognition at our annual reunion:

 

  • Destiny Esparza-Aguayo,  daughter of Marisol and Manuel Aguayo, graduated from 8th grade
  • Ceonna Jean Castro, daughter of Connie & DJ Castro, graduated from 8th grade
  • Clair Elli Moreno, daughter of Tanya Guel, graduated from 8th grade
  • Sybella Garces, daughter Carmen Guel & George Garces, graduated from 8th grade
  • Amor Monique Jimenez, daughter of Emily & Josh Kilgore, graduated from 8th grade
  • Nina Mae Knowles, daughter of Elizabeth Ocanas, graduated from 8th grade
  • Gabriel Vasquez, son of Elena Vasquez, graduated from 8th grade
  • Monique Bellard, daughter of Athena Thomas, graduated from high school
  • Aleanna Vargas, daughter of Jaime Vargas, graduated from high school
  • Josephine Mares, sponsored by Raquel Jimenez, graduated from high school
  • Alexis Espinosa, daughter of Rose Ortiz, graduated from high school
  • Yolanda Correa, sister of Gloria Guel, graduated with an associate degree from Merced College
  • Christina Marie Damouny, sponsored by Ruben Gonzalez, Jr., graduated with an undergraduate bachelors degree from San Jose State University

The following family members received formal recognition at our annual reunion:

 

  • Maya Ruiz, daughter of Sylvia & Rogelio Ruiz, graduated from 8th grade
  • Brian Joseph Brackett, grandson of Evelyn & Marty Ortiz, graduated from 8th grade
  • Aliana Criado, daughter of Danny Criado, graduated from 8th grade
  • Jesse Guerrero, son of Raquel & Larry Jiminez, graduated from high school
  • Angelica Criado, daughter of Danny Criado, graduated from Pioneer High School
  • Miguel Ochoa, son of Anita & Joe Ochoa, graduated with an undergraduate bachelors degree from California State University East Bay

The following family members received formal recognition at our annual reunion:

  • Raymond “Pops” Garces, nephew of George Garces, graduated from Auto Tech Institute
  • Elias Hernandez, grandson of Leonard Guel Jr, graduated from 8th grade
  • Miguel Esparza-Arguello, daughter of Jaime Vargas, graduated from Long Beach University
  • Educational Recognition 2009

The following family members received formal recognition at our annual reunion:

  • Santiago Garces, son of Carmen Guel and George Garces, graduated 8th grade from Columbia Middle School
  • Sergio Garcia, son of Carmen Guel and George Garces, graduated from Fremont High School
  • Alissa Guel, daughter of Vince Guel, graduated 8th grade from Good Shephard School
  • Janelle Harvey, daughter of Maria Harvey, earned her Business Management program certificate from Ventura Business Management School
  • Nicole Alexandria Jung, daughter of David and Trishia Jung, graduated from Sierra High School
  • Naomi Keith, daughter of Rita and George Valencia, graduated 8th grade from Los Baños Junior High School
  • Monica Lares, daughter of Robert and Elvia Lares, graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz
  • Isaiah Ocanas, son of Anthony Ocanas, graduated 8th grade from Buchser Middle School
  • Jasmine Ocanas, daughter of Anthony Ocanas, graduated from Milpitas High School
  • Crystal Ramirez, daughter of Maria Ocanas, graduated from Evergreen Valley High School
  • Zachary Sharrett, son of Hal and Marilyn Sharrett, graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz
  • Celena Vasquez, daughter of Elena and Manuel Vasquez, graduated 8th grade from Cabrillo Middle School
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