By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer
Grammy Award winners La Santa Cecilia brought a message of hope and happiness to La Puente High on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles band, whose recording “Treinta Días” was honored for Best Latin Rock Album this year, agreed to help the Warriors celebrate Hispanic heritage month. They had been invited by history teacher Wesley Perez.
“While this is my first year at La Puente High, I taught at Hawthorne High School for four years, where I was able to bring Ozomatli to speak and perform for my students,” Perez explained. “I believe that students need to have positive experiences in high school because they can truly change lives.”
So the enthusiastic instructor had his students share the afternoon with an inspirational band in the school’s Little Theater. They also shared dreams and goals during a question and answer session.
“Why do many women, especially Latinas, have a hard time living independently,” asked 16-year-old junior Irene Martin.
The band’s powerful singer Marisol Hernandez offered lots of interesting advice to the teens. She drew on her own experience growing up and joining the band.
“I love what I do! And I have my own place,” Hernandez said. “We can only listen to parents and families so long. We have to follow our hearts because we’re never going to make everyone happy. Do whatever you want, learn to live in your own skin.”
Along the way, everyone will face challenges, the singer said. The hard part is rising to the challenges so you can overcome them.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story PUENTE.