RECIPIENT OF SENATOR ANNA M. KAPLAN HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARD
Felicidades! HS Senior Recognized for Senator Anna M. Kaplan Hispanic Heritage Award
Senator Anna M. Kaplan asked each high school in her district to nominate a junior or senior student of Hispanic descent who demonstrates leadership and promotes positive awareness of Latinos at school and in public life.
Felicidades to Carla Quiñones who was recognized at Senator Kaplan’s Hispanic Heritage celebration on October 10, 2019 at Port Washington Public Library. “Carla is a current senior at North Shore High School and is someone who definitely sheds a positive light on the Hispanic community,” said Spanish teacher Steven Burgos.
She was born in New York to a Peruvian and a Puerto Rican father. Carla spent her younger years moving back and forth between Peru and various areas of New York. As a freshman, she started at North Shore High School.
Mr. Burgos continued, “Carla’s final project in the class was to write an original fictional story in which she met a person from a Spanish speaking background who played a significant role in a social justice cause. She wrote about how life would be if she had met Magna Portal, a women’s rights activist from Peru. Carla is interested in political issues, and participated in a student organized group that would reach out to all students who felt excluded, for whatever reason, to try to help combat exclusion in the community.”
Carla also is on the swim team, a member of the National Honor Society, a future member of the World Language Honor Society for Spanish, and has had her artwork displayed publicly in the North Shore High School hallways.
Article and some photos provided by Steven Burgos
Photos also by Shelly Newman