Shadows of the American Dream

By Chrismarlyn Martinez, Class of 2022 Diana Avelar has already seen and experienced more than most young women her age. When she was 4-years-old Avelar witnessed domestic violence against her mother. Avelar also suffered from sexual assault in El Salvador, and fled with her family to America to escape the abuse.  “Even though I was…

The Start of a New Life

By Diana Meza, Class of 2022 It was the sharp and bitter smell of coffee her fiance brewed that brought 17-year-old Maria Garcia to her feet on the bright morning of May 10, 1995.   The warmth of the coffee traveled throughout her body, while her eyes followed him, throwing on his regular white tee and…