Immaculate Heart High School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Among the performances, junior Priscilla Hidago danced Jalisco folklorico.

Immaculate Heart High School’s Latinas Unidas club kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month last week with a special assembly featuring tributes to Latina role models, student and faculty testimonials, and traditional dance performances.

Sophomore Giada Vargas performed flamenco.

Both student board members of Latinas Unidas and the club’s faculty moderators led the high school’s student body in a tribute to the generations of Latinx Americans who have positively influenced and enriched society. Among the portraits displayed on banners hanging inside the auditorium and later rehung outside on campus were images of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and Dolores Huerta, the American labor leader and civil rights activist.

Hilda Contreras (center stage), grandmother of Immaculate sophomore Isabella Moran, led her troupe, Ketzalizli Aztec Cultural Danza, in a rousing performance that capped the special assembly.

The event also featured several guest performances, including Jalisco folklorico by junior Priscilla Hidalgo, flamenco by sophomore Giada Vargas, and Aztec dance by Hilda Contreras, grandmother of sophomore Isabella Moran, with her troupe, Ketzalizli Aztec Cultural Danza.

Organizing the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month were Latinas Unidas board members (left to right) Mercedes Angulo, Anna Duarte, Liz Munguia and Priscilla Hidalgo, with faculty moderators Qianna Medellin (upper left) and Wilma Martin-Orozco (upper right), chair of Immaculate Heart High School’s Language Department. Not shown is Latinas Unidas board member Alyssa Fuelles-Ayala.

The national observance of Hispanic Heritage Month began last Thursday, September 15, and will continue through Saturday, October 15.

Following the special assembly, banners displaying Latina roles models were moved outdoors on campus in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15.

About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates and empowers young women in sixth through 12th grades from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park.





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