Recent headlines have caused many to worry about American youth. Meanwhile, those who work quietly to get an education, volunteer and become involved in their community rarely grace the front pages. Ismael Palacios is an example of a young man who applies himself and will become one of the leaders of tomorrow.
Palacios graduated from Roswell High School in 2010. He received a $2,300 scholarship from SOY (Save Our Youth) Mariachi that same year. He is three classes away from receiving his associate degree in HVAC from Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He plans to continue his education to get a degree in business administration.
At the age of 21, Palacios teaches music to those younger than himself at SOY Mariachi, 1120 South Grand, where he has been working as volunteer for many years. He first became involved with SOY Mariachi at the age of 10 when a teacher, Dr. Sara Montgomery, invited him and other young people to see what the group had to offer.
A week ago, Palacios became one of the newest members of the Hispano Chamber of Login to read more