EDISON, NJ -- Eighth-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared presentations on important and notable Hispanic Americans in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month during the Middle School’s All-Division meetings this month. National Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana) is a period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the country.

Recent highlights included: Jessica Grimes of South Plainfield spoke about Zoe Saldana, an actress who was born in New Jersey and gained fame with roles in Star Trek and Avatar. Thomas O’Connor of South Plainfield loves dogs and shared information about dog trainer Cesar Millan, who said “a dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than himself.” Jasteij Sappal of Edison spoke about Mexican born author Sandra Cisneros, who has won international awards for her fiction writing

Other Hispanic Americans portrayed included Sonia Sotomayor, Cesar Chavez, Roberto Clemente, Gina Rodriguez, Mel Martinez, Selena Gomez, Carlos Santana, Selena Quintanilla, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Cardi B and Bruno Mars.

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Other students who made presentations this month were Anya Batra of Edison, Aayan Chowdhury of Edison, Daniel Grimes of South Plainfield, Varun Kansal of Edison, Lev Bitterman of Edison, Ancel DeJesus of Rahway and Amelie Leu of Metuchen.

Senora Esther Faus, Spanish teacher and World Language Department Chair, congratulated her students for doing a fantastic job on their presentations.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit www.whschool.org/admission/take-a-virtual-tour.