Student displays passion for heritage with soda
Here at Christopher Columbus High School, there are a variety of students with different passions and interests in different subject matters. One of these students, strives to understand the culture of his Cuban ancestors.
Marcel van Hemert, a junior at Christopher Columbus High School, is very involved with a topic on Cuban culture. He decided to do an internship this summer with the Cuban Heritage Association. “Marcel to me is a great kid, he has so much knowledge of our culture and beyond and is capable of sharing it in ways we feel make it so interesting”, said Daniel Pedreira, President of the Cuban Heritage Association. After gaining all that knowledge this past summer with the internship, Marcel decided it was time to take the next step.
Three months ago after completing the internship Marcel was very direct and optimistic about the subject of the Cuban culture and heritage here in South Florida. With that he had an idea to share that very same knowledge with the public and shared a subject not known by many: The history of Cuban sodas. “I was definitely looking into doing a presentation regarding this. It is something part of the subject regarding the Cuban culture that is prized so greatly, but yet known by many here in the states”, said Marcel van Hemert, Guest Speaker of the presentation. On September 5th, 2018, Marcel performed a presentation on the history of Cuban sodas in a packed house at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida, and it is a day he’ll never forget.
With contributions by: Julian Corrales