As part of Houston ISD’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (October), Wisdom High School was honored to have two famous Mexican-Americans appear as guest speakers in Mr. Morin’s Theater Production class on the morning of Thursday, October 11.
Ariel Lopez Padilla – a well-known actor in Latino Soap Operas and Films – was born in Guadalajara and began acting at a young age. Padilla was thrilled to speak with high school students who might have the same passion for acting as he does. “It was amazing and inspiring because we connect about the experience of being an actor,” said Padilla. “I enjoyed answering their questions and discussing how actors can become part of the community that you grow up in.”
Brianda Franco Salazar is the great grand niece of Mexican Revolutionary War Hero Emiliano Zapata Salazar (1879–1919). Zapata was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos, and the inspiration of the agrarian movement called Zapatismo.
Speaking through a Wisdom High School student who was interpreting her answers, Brianda Salazar spoke about the fact that she never knew Zapata, but that she has heard many wonderful stories about him and his heroics.
“I was very emotional, to have a chance to speak to these students who are the future of the world,” said Salazar. “The kids were very sensible, and I enjoyed discussing our roots and heritage.”
The guest speakers were arranged by Wisdom Theater Arts Instructor Martin Morin. “What a pleasure it was to have them both here today,” said Morin. “It was an exceptional way to continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and we were honored that they chose to spend some time our students.”