Friday, October 21, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month Poetry

For Hispanic Heritage Month, Scholars from North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS) wrote poems inspired by Latino/a role models. Ebenezer Figueroa '20 wrote a poem about Sandra Cisneros, a Chicago-born Mexican-American author best known for her novel The House on Mango Street. Cheytonn Orsby '19 wrote two poems about feminism and gender roles inspired by Carmen Boullosa, a Mexican poet, novelist, and playwright.  

   Carmen Boullosa                                                              Sandra Cisneros 

Sandra Cisneros
By Ebenezer Figueroa '20

Sandra Cisneros
Comes with a bow and arrow.
She teaches you a lesson
So you will be blessed in.
She teaches us to be free
To open our eyes to see.
She teaches a community
To stand in immunity
To fight against the trace
That people see in race.
She teaches a nation
To stay in congregation.
She does this through literature.
And says these things so mature.
She addresses problems
So people won't stay at the bottom.
She writes about becoming of age.
So people will have advice and not burst into rage.
Sandra Cisneros is
Preparing us for the real biz.
Writing stories to teach us
Racism will never reach us.

Poem 1 (Inspired by Carmen Boullosa)
By Cheytonn Orsby '19

Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans,
Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Colombians,
Hondurans, Ecuadorians, and Peruvians
make up the Hispanic groups
It’s Hispanic history month and I wanted this poem to go through some fun loops

“Latino is an ethnicity not a race”
It’s not all about the skin color and characteristics of one’s face
But about the shared language, heritage, religion, and culture
There’s so many important meanings just like there is in any sculpture

The Hispanic culture has developed a gender expectation
Latin American women still face wage discrimination

The ideal characteristics of Hispanic men are called machismo
The ideal characteristics of Hispanic women are called marianismo

Women’s primary role is to be lowing and caring mothers
Which is different from the role of men; different from the role of others

Men have a role to provide for the family and work hard
Women like to show a lot of regard

Men are to be fearless and strong
If they can’t maintain these characteristics they would be considered as acting wrong

Women are to be responsible and self-sacrificing
The “perfect women” are seen for their physical appearances which help do most advertising

Women make seventy-seven cents while men earn a dollar
Some people think it’s fair, they shrug it off, they may pop their collar

Men are to be dominant
Women are to be submissive
Men are more prominent
Women are just assistive

Women have the central role of maintaining family life and tradition
Parenting and educating children, it’s sure they get some recognition

Men have the central role of economic protection
Working hard and saving money for collection

Poem 2  (Inspired by Carmen Boullosa)
By Cheytonn Orsby '19

The Latino community developed gender roles that should be played out with perfection
Feminism v.s. Male chauvinism

A “feminist”
is a person who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes
They want equality
Not to be judged by their sexuality

A male chauvinist
believes “that they are superior in terms of ability and or intelligence”
They’re free to believe it, but there’s no actual evidence

Even though we’re all different from each other
No gender is better than another

Most of the times,
Many women can do anything men can do
And many men can do the same as women too

Women can get paid the same amount of money as men for doing the same work
but in the way are people who support the gender pay gap
And every single one of them is considered a jerk

Men can be free and express themselves in any way
But in between are people who will bring them down with the term “that’s gay”

Women can be recognized for their intelligence and ability to pick up, read, and or write a book
but in the way are people who only care about the way that they look

Men can cry without being ashamed considering we all have feelings
But in the way are people who are ready to let them know that isn’t appealing
Or that there are ‘better’ ways of sentimental healing
There’s some gender hidden equalities the world is dealing

Children can grow up without having to feel that there are certain things they can’t do or be
But gender inequality may be in the way of what it actually means to be free

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Mentorship Program at Maine East High School

By Olivia Edwards, 1st year SC at Maine East High School

Last year, the Schuler Scholar Program at Maine East High School implemented a pilot program in mentorship by pairing freshman Scholar Mariam Kane with sophomore Scholar Mya Pierson. This year, Maine East has expanded the mentorship program. Each member of the freshman class is paired with someone in the sophomore class. “At Schuler, we think it’s very valuable for Scholars to create relationships across the classes. The mentorship program is an opportunity for the freshmen to relate to someone who has gone through the same thing they are going through, and for the sophomores to learn leadership skills,” says Scholar Coach Maren Magill, who coordinates the mentorship program. Here is what Mya and Mariam have to say about their experience:

            "As a pilot for the mentor program at the Schuler Scholar Program, I’d like to start off by summing up my experience in one word, which is fantastic! I got to have one on one time with a freshman Scholar named Mariam. Most meetings were planned around our busy schedules, and entailed small activities to get to know each other better. Whether it was playing 20 questions with Mariam, or going on a mini exposure, we created a bond. We’d usually start off by discussing how we felt our day or week went, where there was room for improvement, and then chat a little about anything else. I learned how to give someone advice and most of all, how to grow with someone. The goal of being a mentor is to become a trusted advisor, and in this process I met that goal, and I acquired a new friend. Friendship is an everlasting bond, which I’m glad to have created with Mariam."
-Mya Pierson '18

           "Being a Schuler mentee was one of the best experiences of my freshman year. My relationship with my mentor Mya meant a lot to me because I was not that close with the rest of the Schuler Scholars in my class. Coming from a different middle school made me feel different from the others and hampered me from making new friendships. Having a mentor within Schuler allowed me to have someone to relate to when it came to my struggles, worries, and excitements during that year. There were some days I had with Mya that were extravagant. For instance, one day we went to Chicago to have brunch, and later that day we went to the Chicago History Museum. But there were some days when we just relaxed and talked about our week. My experience with Mya definitely encourages me to build a friendship with my mentees because although Mya was assigned to be my mentor, we became friends by choice."
-         -Mariam Kane '19

Thursday, October 13, 2016

RLHS Scholars Reflect on Jack Schuler's Visit

By Megan Thompson, 2nd year SC at Round Lake High School

Recently, Jack Schuler sat down with all the new Scholars at Round Lake High School to tell them a little about who he is and offer some advice for their futures. Below are some of the reflections of Scholars who were present to meet with him:

“After meeting Jack Schuler and hearing why he wanted to start the Schuler Scholar Program, I realized that I can do whatever I put my mind to with the help of Schuler.”
-Ashley Rodriguez

“I thought it was really interesting how he said you need to try in order to get where you want to be, and you need to understand what will happen if you succeed--why you're trying in the first place. You shouldn't be making a new decision every day to try; you should decide just once that you want to focus on learning above everything else and stick to it.”
-Marcos Cadena

“The meeting with Jack Schuler today was eye opening. It made me realize that I can do anything as long as I work hard and have persistence.”
-Cheyenne Vleck Domoleczny

“Jack Schuler was a pleasant man to converse with. I enjoyed when he talked about his past life experiences. I liked a story he told about a girl in Schuler who became a doctor, and it really inspired me for the future.
-Jayda Delatorre

“The meeting with Jack Schuler was inspirational. It made me think more about who I want to be. It made me realize that it's a privilege to be working with this program and that I'm proud to be a part of the program. Throughout today, I kept asking myself "Can I actually make it?" and I kept thinking about when he had told us about the doctor who had many struggles, but wouldn't give up. I can't relate to what Jack Schuler was describing about her struggles, but I can relate to her persistence and her drive. Another thing that I resonated with was when Jack Schuler talked about believing in the coaches, others and myself. I haven't put much thought into what the coaches can help me accomplish, but now that I have it inspired me to be resourceful and to be more willing to push myself further. At the end of today, I can conclude that I can and will do my absolute best to become the best Scholar I can be no matter what obstacles I have to overcome.”
-Osbaldo Ozuna

“In my opinion, I think Jack Schuler is a real nice guy. Also what he said that stood out to me was that it's going to be rough, and I believe him that it will be. But I'm fully prepared for the challenge.”
-Jonathan Cermeno

“Mr. Schuler's meeting helped me realize why the Schuler program does a lot of the things it does, like selecting the best schools in the nation. In addition, Mr. Schuler's story about almost failing the 8th grade inspired me to accept failure as well trying to avoid so by trying my hardest even if I feel if that "the world is against me".”
-Christopher Ortiz

“Mr. Jack Schuler truly inspired me to perceive and to try my absolute best. Mr. Schuler's story was inspiring and very motivational. With Mr. Schuler's visit I was very moved to not give up and make it my goal to succeed.”
-Juanita Silva

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month: What Latino Means to Me

By Brenda Uribe, 2nd year SC at NCCHS

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 – October 15. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month North Chicago Scholars participated in a photo campaign where they shared what it means to be Latino/Latina. Here are a few of their responses. 

In addition, North Chicago Scholars are profiling members of the Latino community that work in the art and STEM field in order to raise awareness about Hispanic Heritage Month. Scholars are also participating in lunch discussions that focus on the importance of community and important political leaders. North Chicago is also streaming the documentary, Precious Knowledge, which focuses on the ban of Latino studies in Arizona. 

            Carlos Gomez, '20

              Hugo Rebollar '20

              Jose Tenorio '17

              Manuel Flores '20

              Marco Arteaga '17

              Neisy Rodriguez '20

                                                  Oliver Barrera '18

Friday, September 30, 2016

What It Means to be Latino

By Estrella Gomez, Round Lake High School '18

This summer, I got to experience college life by going on two Summer College Programs (“SCPs”)s. Although both were amazing and unique in their own way, one managed to send me off with something far greater than memories or souvenirs. 

For my first SCP, I went to Elmhurst college in Chicago for the National Hispanic Institute’s Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative session. Different from other programs, it forced us to open our eyes on the Latino community and what it meant to be a Latino. Going into it, I thought I knew what it meant to be Hispanic. Coming out I realized just how wrong I was. This program made me truly realize what it meant to be Latina. I wasn't just a Hispanic, I was part of something that I never even realized I was a part of. I was part of the Latino community. During the course of this program, I got the chance to build a bond with students my age that I had never met before, and yet easily talked to and danced with as though we’d known each other our whole lives. I got to see through the eyes of many on what it meant to be Latino. We talked through stereotypes and discussed what each one meant. Yes, we are hard workers. Yes, we are a large community. But together we are each more than a simple Latino or Latina. We each have our own way of doing things, both physically and mentally. We each are loyal to one another no matter who it is. When the time comes, we are more than a single Latino or Latina. We are a family. We are one.
I came out of this program with new eyes, and was surprised at some of the changes it brought about in my life. My name is a great example of this. Many instantly jump to the chance to announce in English that my name, Estrella, means Star. Because of the difficulty of correctly pronouncing it, without a second thought I used to always let others pronounce it the way they wanted, to the point where the English pronunciation was how I introduced myself to others. The National Hispanic Institute made me realize that my name was one that signified my Latino culture. And as such, I now proudly use the Spanish pronunciation. I say my name the way it is supposed to be said. I speak of my community with proudness and boldness when asked. I thought I knew what it meant to be a Latina. LDZ made me realize just how much I was truly missing out on, and I will never regret having the opportunity to experience it.