A delegation of Bellingham students traveled to the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP) Conference in Tacoma in late February. The annual conference is intended to promote, motivate and inspire Latino/a students to pursue educational careers beyond high school. The conference also trains students how to advocate for their communities.
During the conference, Bellingham students had the opportunity to follow up with Senator Doug Ericksen regarding issues affecting Latino students in higher education across Washington state.
“These students accepted a challenge to make a difference,” said Isabel Meaker, Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Family Engagement. “They have been persistent leaders and team players. They arrived home confident that their voices have been heard.”
The students who participated included Bellingham High sophomore Adelvin Pascual, Sehome High sophomores Merissa Saenz and Jorge Marino, Squalicum High sophomores Julio Enriquez-Ramos and Edgar Neri and Squalicum senior Lizbeth Gonzalez. Sehome High School’s English Language Learners specialist Lindsay MacDonald accompanied the student delegation.