Maritza X.

Maritza X.

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More About Me

Community: Cerritos
Grade: 6th
Birthday: 12/14/2007
Favorite Subject: Artistic Expression

Dream: To be a teacher.

Biography: My name is Maritza. I am 12 years old. My family consists of two parents and a sibling. I live in Cerritos. My dad does farming for a living and my mom sews “güipiles” (traditional embroidery and textiles) with a sewing machine. At home, I have two cows. Their names are Muñeca and Linda, and very soon Muñeca will have a baby. We will call it Lola. I have more than six cats. Every Sunday, I go to church with my family. I am in 6th grade at Cerritos Elementary School. My favorite subject is artistic expression because I love to draw and paint. Also, I would love to go to school because I know if I try hard enough, I can have different opportunities than those that my family had. I would love to see Europe. I want to be a teacher and for my parents to be proud of me.

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