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MAY 2010

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Race car driver challenges students to get on the fast track of education

A Student Ambassador

Duno speaking to students at Hollenbeck Middle school in East L.A.

Indy Car driver Milka Duno told some 75 students at Hollenbeck Middle School in East Los Angeles to dedicate time to excel in education.

Duno, whose racing skills are eclipsed only by her academic credentials, talked during Hollenbeck's Career Day on April 14. She said that education was the first step on her path to fulfilling her dreams.

A Venezuelan native, Duno has attracted international attention for her racing talents and educational background. She said her dream was to be an engineer and, after earning that degree, she continued her education and completed four master's degrees.

She talked to students about building self-confidence and achieving academic success and has taken this message across the United States and around the world. "I want to help motivate students to prepare for college and earn a degree," she said.

A Student Ambassador

Duno talks about the tales in her book 'Go, Milka, Go' 

A Miami resident, she visited Southern California while competing in the Long Beach Grand Prix. Invited by CSU External Relations, she participated in a 16-hour speaking tour about education and careers that included a live interview on Channel 34's Primera Edición, a recording for Univision's national show Despierta América, Career Day at Hollenbeck Middle school, a discussion with engineering faculty and students at Cal Poly Pomona, and a visit to Librería Martínez in Santa Ana, where she signed her book Go, Milka, Go! to more than 75 fans.

"With four master's degrees in her possession, Milka Duno is a great example and spokesperson for academic success," said Cal Poly Pomona President, J. Michael Ortiz, as he welcomed her to campus."

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