As described by National Hispanic American Heritage Month, “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.” This year, female Hispanic KO students and faculty members came together to give presentations about Hispanic Heritage month. Some of the presenters include junior Anna Tippner, junior Keysy Lopez-Diaz, Spanish teacher Carolina Croes, and Guidance Counselor Felicia Velez.
The presenters shared the biographies of multiple influential Hispanic women, as well as aspects of Hispanic culture and how it varies throughout different countries. These presentations also featured a number of female Hispanic heroines such as Isabel Allende and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Form 5 student Keysy Lopez-Diaz was one of the assembly presenters. In her presentation she covered the biography of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Isabelle Allende. Some facts that Keysy covered in her presentation are AOC’s childhood, education, and some facts about her political accomplishments. Keysy talked about how AOC was born into a working class family in the Bronx. She graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a degree in both international relations and economics. She has served as a representative of New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019.
Keysy also talked about Isabel Allende, who was a novelist, feminist, and philanthropist. A Chilean born in Peru, Allende has written dozens of successful novels such as “The House of the Spirits,” “Daughter of Fortune,” “Island Beneath the Sea,” and her most recent memoir, “The Soul of a Woman”. Keysy appreciated the experience of being able to give the presentation. “I really enjoyed talking about these women because I got to educate KO about some remarkable Hispanic Women,” she said. Keysy also mentioned how she was nervous going up and talking in front of the whole school but said that in the end it paid off, because even if she got to educate the few people who were listening then it was all worth it.
Ms. Velez presented after Keysy and also talked about how she was nervous to go up in front of the whole school. Ms. Velez’s presentation included an introduction to all of the countries that celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Ms. Velez explained how a lot of countries started this because of Independence and use the whole month to celebrate the independence of their countries. She related Hispanic Heritage to July 4th in the United States. Ms. Velez’s presentation carried a lot of meaning to her, as she feels tired of people clumping all Spanish-speaking people into one group. “The purpose of my presentation was to represent what Latin culture is all about because it is very vast and it is not just one,” she said. Ms. Velez is content with the presentations this year and is excited to see what KO has planned for next year’s Hispanic Heritage month.
Every presenter shared how they are happy they presented because they were able to bring attention to Hispanic Heritage Month. “Hispanic Heritage is such an important topic and deserves to be talked about,” said Anna. As these presentations made great strides in the right direction, KO is excited for further development of the representation and acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage month and Hispanic culture.