Students revere personal role models


After sophomore Linda Font’s mother Maribel Font was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, she said she discovered that not all heroes wear capes. Although Linda Font said her mother’s battle with cancer, and relapse this past year, brought her family a lot of stress, she said her mother had a positive attitude the whole time through.

“My mom is my hero and one of the bravest women I’ve ever known,” Linda Font said. “She fights and does everything possible to live another day with her family which makes me admire her even more than I already do.”

Mrs. Font said her daughter has been a huge source of support during this process and she is touched that she puts her on such a high pedestal.

“Knowing that my daughter sees me as her hero warms my heart,” Mrs. Font said. “Little things like that make everything that’s going on easier to handle.”

Like Linda Font, junior Coral Chico said she idolizes her father, Juan Chico, because he is always there for her when she needs help. She said he is her rock and is always there to lend her guidance. According to Chico, her father perfectly fits her definition of what a modern day hero should be.

“A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities,” Chico said. “I believe my dad encompasses that and much more.”

Whether it is giving a helping hand or simply a word of advice, Chico said her dad does not think twice about helping others.

“My dad will give his all for our family,” Chico said. “Not only is he my hero, but he is my best friend as well.”

For senior Carlos Ramirez, he said his Pastor David Hughes at Church By the Glades is his personal luminary. Ramirez said Hughes’ leadership and consistency in preaching and teaching others is what he admires the most.

“Even though I don’t talk to him every day, I’ve seen how his leadership skills have influenced the people around him, including myself,” Ramirez said. “He has influenced people, like me, to want to participate in mission trips and activities to bring people together.”

Since Pastor Hughes started preaching at the church, which contains two prison campuses, Ramirez said the rate of inmates released from prison who end up back in jail has decreased significantly. He said he admires how Hughes tries to make the world a better place.

“It amazes me how much he can take on and accomplish,” Ramirez said. “It inspires me to do more.”

Although Linda Font said her mom may not come across as a typical hero, to her she fits the profile.

“My mom pushes every day to be better and brush off the bad that comes,” Linda Font said. “It is that persistence that inspires me to be better and allows me to put my mom on my personal hero pedestal.”

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