Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 26, 2006
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the 6th and 7th graders from Howard middle school toured the grounds of the 16th Century Spanish Mission San Luis on Friday, September 22nd. The tour included walks though the authentically reconstructed buildings and presentations from three Florida State University Hispanic Student-Athletes, Alvaro Bada, Daniel Frebel, and Jonathas Sucupira.
Alvaro, a member of the 2006 NCAA Outdoor National Championship Track and Field Team, participates in the javelin throw and discus. Alvaro's Hispanic heritage descended from his father who is originally from Cuba. Bada provided a great personal story about his family and their experience here in the United States.
Daniel, a member of the Men's Swimming and Diving Team, gave insight into his heritage and how he has his Peruvian born mother to thank. In addition, he discussed his future plans to the students, presently trying to secure a spot in the 2008 Olympic Games, representing his mother's native country Peru.
Lastly, Jonathas, a member of the Men's Tennis Team and a citizen of Brazil, gave insight to the young audience on coming to the United States and being given the opportunity to compete while receiving a college education.
Sucupira and Bada were both asked for their future plans once they complete their degree; Alvaro's aim is at a top medical school in the country while Jonathas hopes to continue competing and move up on the professional circuit.