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 Gabriel Rodriguez a Cheltenham High School/EASTERN Construction Technology senior. EASTERN Student Success Coordinator, Ms. Veronica Stanley, nominated Gabriel for this student spotlight. Ms. Stanley was impressed with Gabriel’s desire to get more involved at EASTERN, and his remarkable work ethic.
For Gabriel, National Hispanic Heritage Month reminds him of his rich cultural background. Regarding his Hispanic side, he loves the food, music, and most of all, his family. Gabriel’s father immigrated from Venezuela more than 25 years ago with his family. Gabriel’s mother is from the Czech Republic. His parents met in the United States. “National Hispanic Heritage Month is all about family, and how my family dynamic works,” said Gabriel. We all lift each other and are involved in each other’s lives. We support one another.”
Gabriel chose Construction Technology at EASTERN because he wanted to prepare for postsecondary in either Civil Engineering or Water Resource Engineering. He enjoys working with his hands. He visited EASTERN in 10th grade and saw the Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, and Construction Technology programs. After that visit, he decided that he preferred to work with the tools in the Construction Technology program and enjoyed woodworking. He excels in his Construction Technology program and was inducted into EASTERN’s National Technical Honor Society last May. At Cheltenham High School, Gabriel is part of the Pep Band and Indoor Drum Line, where he plays electric guitar and electric bass. “When I am not working with my hands, I am working on music,” said Gabriel.
“My family are my biggest supporters in life,” said Gabriel. “Each of my family members has helped me to see new perspectives. My father taught me character. He is my inspiration and he made me the man I am today. My mother taught me independence and resourcefulness and is my driving force. My sisters are my best friends, and life wouldn’t be as much fun without them.”
Gabriel plans on taking a gap year after graduation to live and work in Germany. He is in the process of applying for the Congress Bundestag scholarship. When he returns, he would like to attend postsecondary to major in Engineering and minor in Music.