Flying High With ALAS


Sarah Li

Club Rush: Seniors Vanessa Velasquez (left) and Mariafatima Varias (right) take a photo with the ALAS Club Rush frame.

Haley Nguyen, Staff Writer

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Association of Latin American Scholars (ALAS) hosted an exciting week full of cultural activities in the quad from Sept. 6 to 9. Among the three-day lineup celebrating Hispanic culture were games of lotería, a homemade food tour supplemented by students, and an energetic dance session. 

Meaning “wings” in Spanish, ALAS aims to bridge cultural gaps on campus for current and incoming students. The club is led by co-presidents seniors Mariafatima Varias and Joseph Reyes, who hold meetings every other Thursday during lunch in Room 102 with their advisor, Mrs. Casanova. 

“ALAS is very important in building community [at Oxford],” said Reyes. “We, [ALAS members], see ourselves in the future generation [to] help make campus a more inclusive environment where Hispanic culture is celebrated.”

On top of uplifting Hispanic students, the club also organizes meaningful service projects. Among these include a book drive for orphans in Mexico and an event where students knit quilts for elderly homes.

“ALAS makes you feel welcome no matter where you’re from, no matter what your grades are, no matter what your resumé looks like,” said Mrs. Casanova. “We’re just here to celebrate you and be proud of our heritage.”

Join ALAS via their sign-up form today!