Student Essay: Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice

by multilingualmania on October 25, 2011

in Student Writing Contest

Multilingual Mania Writing ContestOur first entry for our second annual student writing contest for Hispanic Heritage month is from Priscilla Dueñas, a twelve year old student in the seventh grade at Lincoln Middle School.

Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice

About Sonia
Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954. She is the 111th justice, the first Hispanic justice, and the third female justice of the Supreme Court. She was born in the Bronx, New York, and is a Puerto Rican descendent. She graduated A. B., Summa cum lade, from Princeton University in 1967. She had received her J.D. from Yale law school in 1979, and was editor at Yale law journal. She was an advocate for hiring Latino faculty. Sotomayor was also an assistant district attorney in New York 5 years before private practice in 1984. Sotomayor played a role in the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican defense and education fund, the state of New York mortgage, and the New York City campaign.

Why Sonia is important to me
Sonia Sotomayor is important to me because Latina and Latino men and women have a stereotype- people think because they are Mexican they aren’t as good or as smart as other people. And as a Latina I find that very offensive. Since Sonia was also Latina she had a stereotype against her too. But she still made it to be a Supreme Court Justice, even tough Sonia grew up poor without a father. Most wealthy and successful people would not even get to meet the president. Sonia met the president and is in high ruling. I am not poor and I have a father and a stepfather to help and support me. Sonia’s story helps me to believe that I can achieve many great goals in my future.

Sonia’s contribution to society
Since Sonia has been in the Supreme Court she has inspired many young Hispanic students; I am one of those many students. Many students from the Cesar Chavez charter school in Washington D. C. told Channel 8 news that since Sonia has been in the Supreme Court they have been given hope to excel to a level they never thought possible. She has given Hispanic students with stereotypes hope.

How Sonia’s story affected my life
Ever since I heard about Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 I realized I can do many great things in my life and future. I don’t just need a job; I want a career. I realized I always wanted to be a college teacher and inspire students and help them learn. Before I didn’t think that a girl from a small town of La Union, New Mexico could do it. I have more hope tanks to Sonia, and I know now I have a chance I m already headed down the right path. I recently moved out of the small town of La Union to Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I have better learning conditions and more opportunities. By Sonia I learned I can achieve great goals and work hard to get there and not give up.

Sonia in conclusion
Sonia Sotomayor is a woman, who against all odds achieved a great goal. She never gave up and she tried her best. I hope to be like her some day and make history and help a society. I will never give up, because I was inspired by a great woman. That great women’s name is Sonia Sotomayor.

Stay tuned for some additional student essays! After we have uploaded all of the articles, our readers will have a chance to choose a first, second and third place winner.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Horace October 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

A gushing essay

Susie Hinckley Gonzalez October 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I think Priscilla did a fabulous job writing this essay. She gave a thorough and concise history, elaborated on why she was impressed by Sotomayor and expressed her hope of similar achievements. Great Job!

Alicia Hinckley October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Priscilla Duenas is my granddaughter. Her grandparents who live in La Union NM are very proud of her. I know she will excel in all she does! She is the best. Priscilla, keep up the good work!

I. Pell November 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Priscilla is a wonderful student… I feel honored to have her in my Spanish class, and I am pretty sure we all will hear from her in the future, she has the potential to do many awesome things!

LHAncira November 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm

What an essay! This young lady is all heart-

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