Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
2020 Latinx Student Honorees
The School Board is proud to present the annual Latinx student recognition event which highlights eight high school students chosen by their principals for their character, leadership and outstanding successes in school and life. The School Board will recognize these outstanding students at the Board meeting on Oct. 8, which starts at 7 p.m.
New Directions: Heber (Santi) Montes-Galdamez
Santi emanates resiliency and leadership. Since his arrival to the New Directions program he has experienced personal and academic success by taking responsibility for his actions and investing in positive personal and academic changes. Through the support of his family and New Directions, as well as, his willingness to grow as a person, Santi has greatly improved his GPA, making honor roll regularly while in attendance at New Directions. He also excelled in his Digital Photography class at the Career Center. Last school year, Santi won the Arlington Public Schools Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary Award for his essay on peace. During this COVID crisis, Santi has been an important financial contributor to his family and has shown great resiliency and responsibility during this difficult time. Santi will be attending Northern Virginia Community College after high school. Santi’s future is bright. We look forward to hearing all the amazing things he will accomplish. Santi, congratulations!
– Chip Bonar, Administrator
Yorktown: Eric Hernandez
Eric Hernandez is an all-around exemplary young man. He is soft-spoken and humble, always engaged and ready to help. He is the epitome of Yorktown’s ROCS motto, always respectful of others, his community and himself. Eric is a leader in Club Cafe, a monthly lunch group where students help their peers practice appropriate social skills over lunch. Eric’s openness and genuine interest in others allows the students who are not as comfortable talking to their peers to also open up and engage in conversation. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plays in the Yorktown Jazz Band. As a member of both Tri-M, a music honors society, and the National Honor Society, Eric dedicates more than 40 hours each year to community service. Eric is also an outstanding student. His academic achievements have led to his being honored with the Principal’s Award in both 10th and 11th grades. He challenges himself with advanced classes and works hard to excel. Every day and in every way, Eric is an excellent role model.
-Kevin Clark, Principal
Yorktown High School