written by Brianna Aguayo and Ellie Hultgreen
“Cinco de Mayo started with the Battle of Puebla against France, and Mexico defeated France, but it became more of a nationalist holiday and a symbol of proud Mexican heritage,” said sophomore Francisco Arias. . Last Thursday, MA students and staff celebrated Cinco de Mayo through a variety of fun lunchtime activities. The Green was inundated with students as several clubs and students participated by selling different Mexican treats and providing historical information about the origins of the event.
Ahza McFadden’s Latino class made sopes by hand, topping them with beans and cheese. Jonathan Becker, senior, explained: “We thought it would be a really cool idea since we learned a lot about Mexico and wanted to participate in our own way”.
AVID sophomore Yaritza Elizondo said Thursday that “the event is going well; there are a lot of people and the students seem to like it. Elizondo spent his lunch with other AVID club members serving student lines of helados of mangoneada and bolis, two different Mexican frozen treats that are perfect for a hot day.
“As a Chicana, representing the community is important to me. Even though many Latinos are not celebrating today, we still need representation,” said Alejandra Lombera. As a member of the LUMA club, she helped prepare fresas con crema, which are strawberries dipped in sweet creams. She explained, “We chose to sell this because my mum always made them for me when I was a kid, and the same goes for the other members of the club. My parents and I are from Jalisco, Mexico, and it’s a very popular treat there, so I wanted to bring it here to make it special.
Live music surrounded the atmosphere, prompting students to dance around the Green and celebrate. Senior Juan Aburto performed a variety of Spanish songs alongside his band: when La Chona de Los Tucanes de Tijuana started playing, students flocked to the dance floor. “I love this event because it raises awareness of different cultures and helps us learn more about them. As a Spanish-speaking student, I love being able to celebrate all the different cultures on our school’s campus,” said Junior Toni Olivero.
Sophomore Laurel Statkiewicz agreed with Olivero, saying, “It’s really cool to see so many different people with different backgrounds embracing their culture. I think events like these are really important in unifying our student body.