Finalist

The Mariachi Superintendent: A Signal of Hope for Hispanics and America
Opinion Writing

 

About the Entry

Rolando Rodriguez reflects on the personal and cultural significance of Richard Carranza’s appointment as schools chief of the Houston Independent School District, where 62 percent of students are of Hispanic heritage.

Entry Credit

  • Rolando Rodriguez, Writer, Houston Press

Comments from the Judges

“There is much to like about this piece: noting a singular moment of achievement and cultural connection, reflection on decades of discrimination, and passion mixed with hope.”

“This piece takes a genuinely extraordinary moment in the history of American school board meetings and relates it to the passionate feelings of the writer, who offers insight on his own feelings about that moment.”

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