Hispanic Heritage Month At LHS


Jennifer Anaya-Serrano

Students of LHS share their heritage by drawing and hanging up their respective flags. The flags range from Mexico to Puerto Rico and down to El Salvador.

Logansport is full of diversity, this is celebrated in a bunch of different ways. This month celebrates many different cultures that all have one thing in common, they speak Spanish. Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th.

Traditional Mexican decoration, Papel Picado, hangs on the sky bridge. One depicts a Spanish Guitar and the other represents La Catrina, Mexico’s lady of death and a reminder for all to enjoy and welcome their mortality. (Jennifer Anaya-Serrano)

“Hispanic Heritage month is a celebration of Hispanic culture in the United States,” Spanish teacher Andres Valencia said. “This time was selected because many countries in Latin America have their Independence Day during this period of time. For example, Chile is on Sept. 18, and Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala are all on Sept. 15. Other countries have their independence during this time, so they are celebrating their independence from Spain.”

This month is often celebrated through festivals as well as through food. People celebrate through the food they make, art shows, and by sharing their traditions.

“The biggest thing that makes it very important is when they call it Dia de la Raza,” Spanish teacher Shane Lefaure said. “The reason is because a huge amount of influx of people who were of Spanish origin have now come. They brought their culture, customs, and ways of life. They established them in Florida, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and other parts.”

Logansport is diverse in nature and has many different cultures. 

Famous Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, hangs as a decoration alongside the flags of both Mexico and Argentina. (Jennifer Anaya-Serrano)

“This school is very unique because it’s actually a lot like Latin America,” Valencia said. “We have all kinds of people, and even the Hispanic people that come to our school are also from very diverse and unique places. We have people from Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, and Columbian. So, just our school, we are a lot like Latin America, not because they came, but because when they came, it added to the great variety we already have at this school.” 

Some students would like to see more representation. 

“I feel like there’s some good representation,” senior Atticus Picardo said. “I’m able to walk across the sky bridge and see a lot of advertisements. Beyond that though, we don’t hear much about it throughout the school day. Some students don’t use the sky bridge, and I think it’d be nice to see more.”

Sophomore Jennifer Anaya-Serrano thinks that LHS does do some good when it comes to the celebration. 

“I feel like the school focuses a lot on Mexican culture,” Anaya-Serrano said. “I see Mexican culture everywhere, but most ethnicities are left out of the big decorations. In saying that, I think that our school does do particularly well in representing Mexican culture.”