By Alisa S.
Earlier this school year, Josephinum Academy participated in a poster competition in which students from Illinois were invited to create a poster that promotes learning Spanish, Portuguese, and/or foreign languages in general. This event was hosted by an organization called the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The theme of the competition was: "Open doors with Spanish." In order to convey this theme, participants had to display original artwork on a 22x14 inch poster board.
I decided to create a poster based on an esoteric message of imperialism, which is defined as "a system where a powerful nation rules and exploits one or more colonies to increase power of their own empire." During first semester, my classmates and I learned about the Age of Exploration in Ms. Ross's History of the Americas courses, and how millions of indigenous peoples from the Americas were wiped out as a result of this exploration. It was also during this time that I was learning about the voyages of a Conquistador named Hernán Cortés in Ms. Cruz's Spanish IV course. Since my favorite subject in school is history, and I was provoked by the lessons I had learned in Ms. Ross and Ms. Cruz's classes, I wanted to express how these lessons impacted me and the modern world.
My goal was to communicate the effects of imperialism for indigenous populations, such as the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas, who never had the opportunity to tell their own stories. Though these empires experienced an unfortunate end, they will never be forgotten. Though the Spanish language is spoken in place of ancient languages, the legacies of these empires still live on through their modern descendants. As a result of my passion for history, I had the unexpected privilege of winning first place. My artwork is going to be printed and displayed throughout various AATSP-affiliated high schools in Illinois.
More talented students who participated include:
Six students received Excellent ribbons, one received Outstanding Mention, and another received a Notable ribbon! For this monumental experience, I'd like to thank Ms. Ross and Ms. Cruz; their passion for teaching and life lessons have inspired me to pursue this task. I'd also like to thank my mom, Melissa Acevedo. Without her, I would not be the artist, innovator, or leader that I am today. I would also like to thank the Josephinum community, on behalf of the students who participated, for their positive remarks. You all inspire us to never stop creating.