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April 2003

Release Date: April 15, 2003

ASU History Student Earns Award for Paper

Alexander Soto Cano, an Angelo State University master's degree student in history, was recognized with the Best Student Paper Award from the West Texas Historical Association during its annual meeting in Lubbock earlier this month.

The paper, titled "quot;The Mexican-American Community of Knickerbocker, Texas, 1880 to "920," documented how Hispanic residents in the area overcame a variety of socio-economic obstacles, including racism, to establish a thriving West Texas community.

The paper was judged best from those submitted by university students from throughout West Texas and the Panhandle.

Cano wrote the paper as one of the assignments in the graduate-level Texas history course taught last fall by Dr. Arnoldo De León.

Cano is a San Angelo native and graduate of Central High School. He is the son of Luciano David Cano and Janelle Kaye Yates and the grandson of Bernice Soto Cano.

In addition to taking graduate courses, Cano is a student assistant in both the History Department and the West Texas Collection where he is one of the authors of the "This Week in History" column run each Monday in the San Angelo Standard-Times.

As recipient of the award, Cano received an honorarium of $250.