Archive for June 2019

A Best Man's Toast Inspired by The Alchemist

On Saturday, I had the honor of being the best man at my good buddy Fred Castillo’s wedding.  I celebrated his marriage and success with a toast inspired by one of my favorite books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you’re not familiar with it, the book tells the story of a Andalusian shepherd boy... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student wins Dear Mayor Lightfoot essay contest

Chicago Public Schools student wins Dear Mayor Lightfoot essay contest
Last month, Rachel Kim, South Side Weekly‘s outgoing education editor, had the idea to hold a student essay contest this summer. The theme for the contest was topical: as Lori Lightfoot was to be sworn in as mayor, we wanted to hear what middle and high school students from around the South Side wanted Mayor... Read more »

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez inspired Chicago Public Schools students

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez inspired Chicago Public Schools students
Each year, Chicago Public Schools students at Hancock College Prep pitch ideas for a graduation ceremony theme.  The quote should be from a socially responsible person who made an impact during their senior year. This year, Senior Emily Aguado submitted a quote from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  This is how Aguado explained the significance of the... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools student reflects on Hancock's first Selective Enrollment class

Last Thursday, Hancock College Prep’s first Selective Enrollment class graduated.  This is the speech David Rodriguez, the valedictorian, delivered before diploma distribution. We sit here today, as the first Selective Enrollment graduating class and, although a great feat, we must remember those who came before us and treasure the path we have paved for those... Read more »