5th Grade

Hispanic Heritage Gallery

Franklin Chang-Diaz (by SC)

Franklin Chang-Diaz is a Hispanic astronaut. Franklin was born on April 5, 1950 in San Jose, Costa Rica. He came to America in 1968 so he could become an astronaut. After he came to America he went to Hartford Public School. Finally Franklin became an astronaut in 1981. Later in 1998 May he had made his sixth journey into space. He now has his own family living in Houston, Texas with his wife three daughters and one son.

Carlos Santana (by NB)

Carlos Santana is a famous guitarist. When Carlos was a child about 7 years old he moved from a Mexican village in Autlan to a border town farther up the coast. He moved to San Francisco, California. Carlos’s dad taught him to play the violin, but Carlos hated having to play the violin. When Carlos moved to San Francisco he did not speak any English. Carlos had dreams to play the guitar with B.B.King and Micheal Bloomfield. Carlos did get to play with great blues musicians. Carlos also played with great jazz musicians too. Soon recording companies became interested in Carlos’s music. Carlos Santana contributed his musical talent to America and the American culture.

Desi Arnaz (by GC)

Desi Arnaz was born on March 2, 1917, in Santiago, Cuba. In 1933, sadly his house caught on fire and his father got arrested. Bastista had taken over Cuba. When his father got out of jail, they flew to Miami, Florida, for a better life. In 1937 he formed his own band and soon was asked to act in the Broadway musical Too Many Girls. Later on, he met Lucille Ball and soon married her. Desi and Lucy made a production called Desilu in 1950. In 1951 the brand new hit show I Love Lucy first aired on national television. 44 million people watched the episode when their son, Little Ricky was born! Sadly, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz got divorced in 1960. He died in 1986 but is still remembered very well to this day.

Anthony Munoz (by NE)

Anthony Munoz is a famous NFL Hispanic. Anthony was chosen for the Pro Bowl from 1981 to 1991. He was also chosen for the All Pro Bowl from 1981 to 1991. Also he played 185 games and started 183 games, He also recovered 6 fumbles in his career. He played for the Bengals in 1980 to 1992, and then he played for the Buccaneers in 1993. He was also picked in 1st round 3rd pick of the 1980 draft. He was #78 on the Bengals after the draft; he also had the same number for the Buccaneers. On all of the teams and all the years he played, he was a linebacker (LB) on the offense. He was good enough to make it to the AFC and NFC All Pro Football Teams. He played in Two Super Bowls WVI and XXIII but sadly Anthony lost them both. Anthony will always be remembered as a strong man.

Ricky Martin (by KH)

Ricky Martin is a famous Hispanic pop-singer. Everything revolves around his career. Martin was born December 24,1971. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is part of America territory. When he was little his parents would fight, and they got a divorce. When he got older his parents were fighting about where he should live, when he picked his mother, his dad did not talked to him for several years. He said that his career was destroying his family. Ricky Martin attended Colegio Sagrado Corazon University in Puerto Rico. There he was a responsible adult. Ricky Martin has brought Spanish music to American culture. He has been playing for about ten years. He is a great Hispanic person and singer.

Jose Mario Molina Pasquel-Herinquez (by EH)

Jose Herinquez was born on March 19, 2008. He was born in Mexico City. His father was a lawyer and an ambassador to Ethiopia, Australia, and the Philippines. Jose was sent to a boarding school in Switzerland at the age of 11. After he finished school he came to the United States. Later in his life he turned in a paper and it ended up being an article in a newspaper on June 28, 1974. Also Jose was one of the first Mexicans to get a Nobel Prize in chemistry. Jose really influenced people all over the world with his great work in chemistry.

Christina Aguilera (by AJ)

Christina Aguilera was born in December 1980 in Staten Island, New York. Her father, Fausto, was born in Ecuador and her mother, Shelly Kearns, is Irish. They divorced when she was 7 in 1987. She grew up in Wexford, PA, in the suburbs. Christina grew up hearing her Ecuadorian father speak and sing in Spanish. She has a younger sister named Rachael. Later in her life at age 6 she was singing in talent shows everywhere. Christina was home schooled until she was in eighth grade but went to school for high school. To improve her Spanish she took lessons. When Aguilera got into her singing career, she made a hit song called “Genie in a Bottle” in Spanish and also recreated an album in Spanish. After Christina became famous, she had a doll made to look like her and was named after her as well. Christina Aguilera is a fabulous singer as well as a person.

Gloria Estefan (by SJ)

Gloria Estefan is a famous singer. She was born on September1, 1957, in Havana, Cuba. Gloria’s parents agreed to move to America when she was two. When she was growing up, her dad was in prison Gloria and her mom were very poor and struggled to survive. In fact, they had only two newspapers for bed covers. At 17, she was invited to sing at a wedding and that is when she started her singing career. She went to college at the University of Miami. Gloria Estefan is still performing today.

Mariah Carey (by KP)

Mariah Carey is a famous Hispanic singer. She was born on March 27,1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York where she grew up. When she was young her father and brother left her and her mother. Someone poisoned their dogs and blew up their car. Money was very scarce. Her life when she was younger was very hard but when she got older things started to change.

Mariah started taking singing lessons and could hit any note whether it was really high or really low. Mariah’s first album sold six million copies. Mariah was on American Idol and sang to entertain people. She is a very well known person and always will be.

Jennifer Lopez (by HS)

Jennifer Lopez is a famous singer and actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and had another 12 wins and 28 nominations. One of her songs is “Jenny from the block.” Jennifer Lopez was born on July 24, 1969. She grew up in Castle Hill, New York, in a Bronx neighborhood She attended Catholic school for 12 years Her parents came to New York from Puerto Rico. She has 2 sisters, Linda and Leslie. They now still live in New York. Jennifer has a very successful career as an actress and a singer.