Bronx Latin 2016 Alumni featured in Paul Smith College paper The Apollo

Bronx Latin 2016 alumni Cristhian Gonzalez, a sophomore at Paul Smith College in New York was featured the Paul Smith paper The Apollo! See the article here: http://www.paulsmiths.edu/theapollos/peoplegonzalez/

People of PSC: Cristhian Gonzalez

By Randy Martinez

People of PSC: Cristhian GonzalezThe Second Transition

A Native of the Dominican Republic, Cristhian Gonzalez came to the states 7 years ago; moving to the Bronx, New York. When he first arrived, it was an incredible learning curve to understand the cities’ inner workings and how to navigate it. He went from living in a country with a population in the low millions, to living in just a city of the same size, and transitioning was one of the most complex challenges Cristhian says he has had to face to date. Yet, he realized earlier on that to live in New York City was an opportunity many adults desired as a teenager; he had to embrace his chance to live in one of the most culturally stimulating places in the world. While living in the city and attending Bronx Latin High School, Cristhian never could have thought that at the end of his senior year of high school he would be transitioning once again, this time to the Adirondack State Park, a place completely different than what had just become his new normal over the years.

As the summer ended, I walked away with a newfound friend and a deep respect for his individual journey

Cristhian Gonzalez enjoys the freedom of living in the Adirondack wilderness, but that hasn’t always been the case. Through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Cristhian, like a few others began a summer session at Paul Smith’s College to prepare for the coming year, and this is when I met him myself. There is a saying that when you are a Dominican you can always identify a fellow Dominican. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. But one math class I leaned over and complained to Cristhian in full blown Spanish, not forgetting the many colloquial words found on the island, just knowing he would understand; and I was right. We both talked frequently about the uniqueness of this campus, how free it feels to be a student amongst 14,000 acres and to view it all as your classroom. As the summer ended, I walked away with a newfound friend and a deep respect for his individual journey. Personally, for me it was challenging to move from my home in the city to this isolated campus, I could only imagine what it felt like for Cristhian to move from his home to a new home and then to start the process all over again.

Cristhian began his academic career at Paul Smith’s College in the Entrepreneurial Business Studies program, where after speaking to his advisors and Professor Joseph Conto, he found his way over to his current major: Hotel, Resort, and Tourism Management. As Cristhian put it, “…When I started in the Business program I liked it and thought it was a great start, but deep down I knew what I really wanted to do was work with people of all cultures and be in a position in which I could travel frequently, and I figured that was in the hospitality industry.”

Today, Cristhian continues to work toward his degree while also maintaining a role in our college local DECA Chapter. DECA is a global organization based around preparing future leaders in the hospitality and business field. After being at Paul Smith’s these last two years, it is clear to Cristhian that the Adirondacks and our campus is a special place to learn. In November, he traveled with a fellow hospitality student to Philadelphia to represent our college and let other students out there know that studying hospitality at Paul Smith’s College is an experience unlike any other. This April, Cristhian will be continuing his work with DECA and attending DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Meet Bronx Latin’s first published student author – Savana Rodriguez!

Bronx Latin 12th grade student Savana Rodriguez just published her first book, Ocean of Time, which is available on Amazon. Savana has been a student at Bronx Latin since the 6th grade, and will be graduating this year. The book is the first part in a series that Savana is writing. The description on the back of the book reads :

Delaney Cooper is the Captain of the Crescent Inferno, an all-male pirate crew with the ruthlessness of the most savage of thieves but morals of a knight in shining armor. She makes a life out of plunder, never taking more than she needed, with her second-in-command and lover at her side. She thinks she has decades of this life ahead of her. She is wrong. Soon, she is blindsided with the new knowledge that she can cross into different centuries through the passage of oceanic whirlpools but the discovery comes at a high, terrible price. When she crosses paths with Cassander Thatcher, another time-traveler, they butt heads almost instantly. Surprises come at her from every corner, and she’s suspicious of them all. He is a mysterious stranger in more ways than one, but he can show her the way to navigate her new, upturned life as a time-traveler. Fates are at play. Tables are turned. Neither of them know that something bigger is coming their way. But plans come in stages. Baby steps.

Ms. Nelson, the Assistant Principal, interviewed Savana to ask her about her first book.

Q: How long did this book take you to write?

A: A year and a half. Before that I had written another book about aliens. My love for reading helped me make sure I write this all the way through. Whenever I read I get new ideas. I read mostly teen fiction, action, and fantasy – but I’m also a sucker for romance. 

Q: What genre would you consider your novel to be and how did you go about publishing?

A: Ultimate reality and time travel is the genre. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of time travel. I used to watch Dr. Who, and that acted as a sort of inspiration as well. When thinking about publishing this book, I looked up editors and a publisher, and then looked up self publishing and used Create Space to design a cover.

Q: Do you see yourself writing more in the future?

A: I want to write at least two more books in this series, and I am writing more books now. I also know that in college I want to study creative writing. I don’t have a particular dream job in mind – I just know I want to write and that I want to be a writer.

Message from Administration on #ENOUGH student walkout

March 13, 2018

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

The horrific school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, has profoundly affected communities across the country and many young people feel spurred to take action.

Young people, through actions like civil disobedience and peaceful protest, have been at the forefront of many movements and struggles for justice in our city’s and our nation’s history, and we recognize that many of our own students may similarly decide to engage in forms of discourse and protest in response to the tragic event in Parkland.

We have been made aware that some students are planning to participate in what is being called “#ENOUGH National School Walkout” to be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 AM. The walkout is scheduled to be 17 minutes long to commemorate the 17 parkland victims.

While we support students participating in civic engagement and exercising their First Amendment rights, we want to remind you that regular classroom schedules will continue as usual and that the safety of our Bronx Latin students is our number one priority.  Bronx Latin is not encouraging students to leave the school campus due to safety concerns.

If students are planning to attend events after the 17 minutes or leave the campus, they will be considered absent from the classes they miss.  

Regards,

Administration

Bronx Latin