Walking around with nothing more than a backpack and a schedule, Hugo Moreas tried to find his first period class. Being a new student, felt exactly like how it sounded, nerve racking! If that wasn’t enough, he was one out of the few Hispanics at Saint George High, what a great way to start off your senior year.
Running into one of the security guards at the school, Hugo asked where his first period class was and was escorted to the 3rd floor, room 313. Well look what we’ve got here, a new student, what’s your name young man? Said Mr. Porter, the new overly chipper English teacher. Hugo, Hugo Moreas said the new student eager to sit down and get everyone’s eyes off of him.
Although he was a new student, Mr. Porter didn’t let him off the hook with the English project; to do something your passionate about and record your findings and present it to the class in two weeks. He sat down at his desk, zoning out everyone’s stares and side conversations; all he thought about what this project. Two weeks was not a lot of time to do something your passionate about, which requires dedication and thought.
But just like that, the idea popped into his head and a light bulb went off, protest about immigration! Hugo was a Mexican- American child that was born to parents that came here as illegal immigrants and then became citizens. For the next week, Hugo kept google’ing protests everywhere that was thirty miles within his house. There was an animal rights protest, forest preservation protest, but no immigration protest.
Instead of looking around his little town, he decided to look at protests in New York City and to his surprise he found one! The weekend before the project was due; he boarded a train to New York City Penn station and went to the protest. His sign read “No Illegal’s, No burritos (you better think twice America)!“ He had a sense of humor like that, all work and no play just wasn’t his way.
On Monday morning, everyone went up to present their findings, there passion. Some students made songs, some designed clothing and others made food. There passion and Hugo’s passion were two different things, protesting for immigration rights wasn’t just something he liked but it was a part of him, something he felt like he needed to do!
It was finally his turn to go up to the class and present, he had made a slide show of pictures and videos of the protest in New York City. The entire class oowed and aahhed at his project, none of them even thought about doing this. And in a small town like theirs, going to the city was just an exciting experience. Once he was finished, Mr. Porter stood up and began to applaud, and the students followed. He wasn’t ashamed of who he was, or why he was so interested in immigration because he told the class about his family and there experience about getting here.
It intrigued many students, now Hugo became more popular and raised awareness about immigration. The following week, Mr. Porter issued a class field trip to a New York City Protest; he just wanted his class to see the passion and dedication that these people have. It was such a great experience for everyone, all you need is a little courage and passion; it’ll get you a long way.