BNI Hispanic Student Union prepares to take school year by storm


Kristina Vazquez

Hard At Work: Senior and Founder of HSU, Sophia Mendez carefully cuts out poster decorations for a Hispanic heritage project in a school classroom on Sept. 23. “ Being a part of the HSU does bring me closer to my culture. It opened the door for me to know more about my culture,” says Mendez.

Kristina Vazquez, Staff Reporter

Bishop Noll’s Hispanic Student Union is hoping to give opportunities to more students looking to become familiar with their culture. 


Founded by senior, Sophia Mendez, and sponsored by academic advisor, Mrs. Mayra Quiroz, the Hispanic Student Union is looking to broaden its horizon this upcoming school year. It has become a beacon for community within the Hispanic population here at Bishop Noll. 


More casually known as HSU, the union currently has 47 members participating this school year.


Mendez says, “It is exciting to have a larger student group. This is very beneficial to the HSU, because it opens avenues for students at BNI to describe their family traditions and hear other students’ traditions as well.” 


Although the HSU has only been around for about a year, it has already become involved in organizing and hosting events throughout the school year. Mendez reports that she is hoping to possibly host an HSU-organized event for BNI alum. 

The HSU held their first meeting on Sept. 7 and discussed upcoming plans and events for this school year. 


“Our founder, Sophia, has an amazing vision for our future,” Quiroz says.  


In addition, the HSU will be hosting the PNW Latino Resource fair on October 8. The fair will be offering free services and support for latinos in the area. 


The union and its members have been working hard to create a safe place for everyone to express their heritage in any way possible. 


“The HSU allows its members to learn about their culture not through simply reading about it, but through acting it out and learning it from others,” said junior member Ariana Magallanes.