Hooray for Hispanic Heritage Month: Warriors Celebrate Culture at NAHS


Catherine Townsend

Pride of Place: Freshmen Octavio Mendoza and Jesus Rodriguez take part in the school-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Unity, diversity, and inclusion are all integral parts of the North Atlanta culture. Hispanic Heritage Month is just one way worldly Warriors celebrate their diversity. From mariachi bands to Hispanic dancers to guest speakers, Dubs are beyond excited to celebrate the richness of Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Started in 1968 by Lyndon B. Johnson, Hispanic Heritage Month was previously only a week-long event. Twenty years after its establishment, President Ronald Regan extended the festivities through the duration of September 15 until October 15. For many, Hispanic Heritage Month not only highlights the immense culture of Hispanic countries, but also marks the independence of various countries, such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Dubs are eager to participate in the festivities and lively celebrations that accompany the month that commemorate these countries’ independence. “I’m super excited about the dancing. It should be really cool and different because we get to see dances from another culture,” said Freshman Christian White.

Last year, celebrations with such complexity and vibrancy were canceled due to COVID-19. Fortunately, this year a brighter, more energetic Hispanic Heritage Month is occurring throughout the building, as signs decorated with the phrase Somos Unos (We Are One) showcase cultural unity across the 11 stories. Freshman Amaya Perez said, “In middle school, I brought empanadas, and we got to eat them as a class. I can’t wait to see what North Atlanta plans for this special month.” 

As students prepare for learning, understanding, and enjoying the Hispanic culture, Spanish teacher Angela Johnson recognizes the more serious aspect of Hispanic Heritage Month. “I feel students need to be educated about different cultures and Hispanic culture, specifically, because they will become more open-minded, which is very important,” she said. 

With Hispanic Heritage Month now in full swing, Johnson hopes students keep their minds and hearts open to the Hispanic culture. So this month, the strong and mighty Warriors open their arms to embrace and celebrate incredible Hispanic culture found around the world and within our very own school.