August 21, 2017

Gama applies for deferred action, after two months, is approved

Gama faces obstacles on the path to citizenship, is of the first students to be approved and receive national ID card by Rossy Peralta, Asst. La Voz Editor Cecilia Gama, senior, received a national ID card in February. Gama was one of many undocumented students who benefited from the DREAM Act “(With the ID card) I can get a job and pay my (future) loans, even if I don’t get a lot of scholarships, I don’t have to live in debt,” Gama said. Deferred Action is a project for undocumented students who have been raised and educated in the United…

A leap for literacy

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor When I came to the U.S. nine years ago, I was automatically placed into the ESL program at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School (OWHMS.) The only prior knowledge I had was knowing how to count from one to ten. At the end of eighth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to graduate from the ESL program and gave a speech at the ESL graduation ceremony at OWHMS. Freshman year was a big eye-opener; I began taking classes completely in English. It wasn’t until recently that I wondered why some of…

Gama fights for career

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor “I can’t be a lawyer, a paramedic (or) a pastry chef,” Cecilia Gama, senior, said. This year, President Barack Obama’s executive order made Deferred Action possible for students. With Deferred Action, C. Gama will be able to follow her dream of becoming a professional lawyer. “I had doubts about it (Deferred Action) ’cause it’s not a concrete thing,” C. Gama said. Alberto Gama, sophomore and brother of C. Gama, said he is excited about the new program because being an immigrant “limits the opportunities you have, even if you deserve them.” Still, the two…