For Hispanic Heritage month, the Arlington Career Center hosted an assembly that showcased the widely enjoyed culture and traditions derived from latin roots. From the arts to dances to even poetry, the assembly showcased it all. In order for this to happen, students and teachers from every program took part in creating a student led show to educate and entertain their audience.
The assembly took place on October 27, 2017. Students and teachers both, came up onto the stage: many of hispanic heritage, and performed songs and dances, read stories and poems, and gave information about the beloved heritage “The assembly included different aspects of our culture,” said by Wilmer Castro, the Career Centers Auto Collision teacher.
As in previous years, Amanda Trevino (the HILT counselor), Madeline Lasalle (HILT coordinator) and Yesenia Martinez (Bilingual resource assistant) planned and coordinated the Hispanic Heritage Month assembly. In the 8 years that the assembly had been hosted, this years was said to be “one of the best assemblies that we’ve hosted for Hispanic heritage month.” The “commons” of the Arlington Career Center were decorated with streamers, flags and posters. Acts were practiced, organized, and established weekly for the upcoming assembly.
After weeks of hard work, over three hundred spectators gathered to witness the anticipated assembly. As the audience settled down and found their seats, Heylin Rodriguez, from HILT, and Javier Cruz, from Arlington Tech, began introducing the event. To open the assembly, Mr. Castro, presented artwork his students worked on especially for this event. One of the biggest projects, his students worked on was a mural of a take on the map of the US that include all central and south american countries. This mural represents the millions of Hispanic immigrants that build and improve the foundation and future of America. Afterwards, a few different individual artworks from his students were presented.
At the assembly, a few musical performances occurred. The first to take center-stage was Veronica Rosa, accompanied by a guitar strumming along, singing church gospel. Followed by Renee who wrote his own rap, entitled “Kings and Queens,” for the event. His song addressed the hardships that come with being hispanic in America and encouraged others not to let it bring them down. Lastly, we had Karen Guadalupe Cruz-Trejo singing a song from the late Selena Quintanilla, Como la Flor.
Our beloved collision repair teacher, Mr. Wilmer Castro, performed a beautiful and tear-jerking slam poetry shining a light on the different struggles of people with Latin roots and others. He began each line with, “I’m sorry, but I can’t” and each line entailed the difficulties that each theoretical person he spoke through the perspective of. The crowd cheered incredibly loud at the closing.
The culinary students made a dish called Arroz con Leche, meaning rice with milk in Spanish, which was a warm, thick, creamy mixture adorned with a bit of cinnamon, giving it an oatmeal-like taste and smell. It tasted delicious. Good enough that, even with a giant pot filled with it, the culinary students quickly ran out, leaving many unable to enjoy its cinnamony goodness. “I liked the smell from the culinary rice that they made and that was good. It smelled delicious,“ said the Career Center’s Chemistry and Physics teacher, Ms. Ashley Neal. Many raved for a few days following the assembly about the Arroz con Leche and debated the proper way to make it. It was widely well-received with the Career Center populus.
The students and staff hope that you attend next year’s celebration.