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School & Education By Melissa Steele For 11 years, Cape High's Latin American Student Organization has offered Hispanic and Ameri- can students a chance to bond and get to know one another. On Dec. 6, the group inducted 50 new members. “You don't have to be Latin American to be in the club,” said LASO co-advisor Cynthia Mc- Mahon. “We work to give back to the community and let kids know they have more things in common.” For sophomore Jennifer Her- rera, the group helps build friendships and relationships in the school. “I feel it is important because it brings various cul- tures together as one,” she said. Junior Roseanne Rodriguez said she likes making connec- tions with students from other cultures. “It also helps us feel like we are part of the high school,” she said. Working together for a com- mon goal is what junior Pablo Valasquez said he has learned. “It teaches us about how impor- tant community involvement is,” he said. The skills learned during LASO activities can have a last- ing effect on students, said Nayeli Ortiz ninth-grader. “It teaches us to become positive citizens,” she said. “It helps promote leader- ship in the Latino community.” LASO advisor Jerry Lindale said he is thrilled with this year's turnout. “We want everyone to feel like they're part of the school,” he said. Principal Nikki Miller wel- comed students and their families to the induction cer- emony. “We don't want a language bar- rier to come between your family and the school,” Miller said. “Our school is diverse, and it’s because of your families.” She thanked the students for being one of the most dedicated at Cape High. “Don’t ever change who you are. Celebrate your culture, and more importantly, teach us about your culture,” she said. The guest speaker, Yvonne Willey of La Esperanza, spoke to the group in Spanish, going over their rights under U.S. immigra- tion policy. “She was trying to tell them they have the right to not answer the door when ICE comes knock- ing,” Lindale said. “They have rights, too. They are working and paying taxes like everyone else but have to live with the constant worry of being deported even when they have not committed any crimes.” Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 91 MELISSA STEELE PHOTOS LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT ORGANZIATION co-advisor Cynthia McMahon leads the proces- sion of inductees Dec. 6. LASO officers welcome new members. Pictured are (l-r) Rachel Clavijo, president; Roseanne Rodrigues, vice president; Dulce Perez, secretary; and LASO advisor Jerry Lindale greets parents during the ceremony. Cape High Principal Nikki Miller celebrates cultural diversity. Lindale lights the induction candle for Taylor Lallier. Rachel Clavijo, left, inducts Kelly Granger into the organization. “ “DON’T EVER CHANGE WHO YOU ARE. CELEBRATE YOUR CULTURE, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TEACH US ABOUT YOUR CULTURE.” PRINCIPAL NIKKI MILLER Fifty new members inducted Latin American Student Organization grows at Cape