October 14, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hispanic leaders encourage teens to stay in school
Luis Hernandez, a sophomore at North Shore High School, is planning
to be an architect, but he knows that dream will not come true without
a good education.
“These days Hispanic teenagers face so many challenges so it is
good to hear from our Hispanic leaders about the importance of staying
in school,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez and nearly 100 of his classmates participated in a career day
sponsored by the North Shore High School LULAC (League of United Latin
American Citizens) Youth Organization. Four Hispanic leaders, including
Jo Ann Delgado, Harris County justice of the peace; Marcello Marini, director
of programming and community service, KTMD-TV; Elena Cantu, Rancho del
Viejo, owner; and Maricela Serna, Galena Park Multi-Services, talked to
students about the importance of graduating from high school, pursuing
a college education and serving the community.
“Learning is a life long process” Delgado told the students.
“Being a strong leader, being fluent in Spanish and English, making
school a priority, getting a high school diploma and pursuing higher education
will give you more opportunities in the future.”
“Education must come first for these kids,” Marini said. “It
will help them cope with the challenges they will face later in life.”
Sophomore Aidee Garza agreed and said she is pleased to see Hispanic leaders
inspiring young people. “Sometimes a student just needs a little
push or encouraging word to feel they can achieve their goals. Without
inspiration a teenager might not realize their potential.”
After the career day discussions, Garza and Hernandez took away an important
message that will help them achieve their goals – a successful future
requires a good education.
|HISPANIC LEADERS STRESS EDUCATION. During a career
day program, Hispanic leaders talked to students at North Shore High
School about the importance of graduating from high school, pursuing
a college education and volunteering in the community. From left,
Marcello Marini, director of programming and community service, KTMD-TV;
Adiee, sophomore, North Shore High; Luis Hernandez, sophomore, North
Shore High; Judge Jo Ann Delgado, Harris County justice of the peace,
Maricela Serna, Galena Park Multi-Services; and Elena Cantu, Rancho
del Viejo Mexican Restaurant, owner.