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Mariachi music touches the soul


Thanks to the guidance of our newest music teacher, Mr. Alejandro Tapia, the mariachi class and Mariachi Club at Hoover are thriving!

Mariachi is not just about music, it’s a harmony full of smiles and contagious laughter. Students in Mariachi demonstrate both dedication and passion for the music they make. They go the extra mile showing their commitment by rehearsing during lunch breaks and continuously improving their music skills by attending the club on Thursdays after school from 3:45 to 4:45.

The Mariachi Cardenale undertake numerous field trips throughout the school year.  They share the signature sound and spirit of Mexico through the booming harmonies of Mariachi music at various events. Recently they kicked off the SDUSD Sunsets Bites event, which featured a student-designed food truck. But, out of all their performances this year there’s one that stood out the most.

On Saturday, April 20th, Mariachi Cardenale took over the stage at The Rady Shell in Jacobs Park as the opening act for the VAPA District Concert. Mariachi Cardinale musicians were incredibly grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at The Rady Shell.  It was an experience that these Cardinals will cherish forever. Many talented musicians dream about performing there but not everyone gets the chance to make it a reality. Mariachi Cardenale is thrilled to represent Hoover’s diverse musical talents and extremely appreciative of the VAPA Foundation for this unique opportunity.

Students in mariachi look up to Mr. Tapia, as their director, is deeply respected and a role model for many of his students. He pushes students to do their best at every rehearsal while also encouraging them to make mistakes as he believes, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Mr. Tapia has brought a new genre of music to light for many students. Though some students are not familiar with the language, culture, or music they have grown to love the class just as much. He has done extraordinary things throughout his first year as a teacher at Hoover, we are thrilled to see what else he brings to the music department.

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Cynthia Navarro
Cynthia Navarro, Staff Writer

Cynthia Navarro is a student currently attending her junior year at Hoover highschool and was born on April 9th, to her Salvadoran parents Evelyn and Carlos Navarro who immigrated to San Diego, California in the late 90’s bringing their dreams of giving their children a life full of opportunities with them.

Cynthia loves putting her creativity to work by using most if not all of her free time doing anything art or music related. She spends lots of her time playing the violin, piano, and guitar because it gives her a sense of solitude. If she could pick a place to spend the rest of her life at, it would definitely be the beach. She loves diving into the crashing waves and the feeling of the sand against her feet while on walks full of sunsets.

Cynthia's goals for the 2023-24 school year are to stay on top of all of her classes to the best of her abilities and get more involved at school. She also wishes to try and come out of her shell more and make the effort to talk to new people outside of the circle she's currency in. Around new people she may not say much or even look up at them but around her friends she's the complete opposite, she goes from being the quietest one in the room to being more than loud especially when around her best friend Alejandra.