Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the achievements and sharing the stories of our Hispanic American students. This week, we feature Alexander Dejesus, an Abington Senior High School/EASTERN Allied Health senior. Alexander was nominated for this student spotlight by his Allied Health Instructor, Ms. Allison Latzo, who appreciates his enthusiasm for the healthcare field.
To Alexander, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor where he came from, and the lives of his family and ancestors. Alexander’s parents were born in the State of Puebla, located in east-central Mexico, but met in Florida after moving to the U.S. separately. Alexander feels extremely grateful for his parents and admires their work ethic and dedication. “My parents work hard every day to make sure I have what I need,” said Alexander.
As a junior in high school, Alexander’s Abington Counselor, Mr. Eric Vorchheimer, asked him what his future plans were. Alexander truthfully did not know. Mr. Vorchheimer spoke to him about many options and opportunities such as college and military. That weekend, Alexander saw a movie that changed his perspective - Hacksaw Ridge. The film focuses on the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American combat medic who refused to carry or use a weapon or firearm of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa. “I saw Private Doss and I thought how amazing that someone in history was that bold and tenacious and I want to be the same way,” said Alexander. “The next day, I told my counselor that I wanted to be a combat medic. I want to save lives. He told me about EASTERN’s Allied Health program as an option. I told him to sign me up!”
Health and fitness are important to Alexander. Last year he joined Abington Senior High School’s Wrestling Team. He enjoyed this experience because it helped him to become more mentally and physically strong, and how to best handle his emotions. He also enjoyed the brotherhood that the wrestling team provided.
Besides his parents and deep Christian faith, Alexander finds inspiration from Davis Goggins, an American retired United States Navy SEAL, ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker, and author. Goggins was awarded the VFW Americanism award in 2018 for his service in the United States Armed Forces.
Although it has only been two weeks, Alexander already enjoys the family atmosphere that the Allied Health program provides. After high school, Alexander plans to enlist in the Air Force to become a Pararescue, or the Army to become a Combat Medic.