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AHS Student Places in National Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

The journey that led industrial engineer Naxhiely Ruiz from her native Mexico to Airline High School as a Spanish teacher is one that has made an impact on 12th grade student Madelynn Russell, prompting her entry in the Optimum Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest that landed her in the winner’s circle.   

Russell chronicled Ruiz’s move 10 years ago from Mexico to Bossier City, where she has been teaching her native language at Airline and shattering stereotypes along the way. Her third year to have Ruiz as a teacher, Russell’s touching essay landed her among 16 finalists in 21 states, earning her an iPad and other swag.

Her essay can be read here. Congratulations to Madelynn Russell.