Kara Gardiner – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS holds over 2,000 students, and Mustangs have moved here from all over the world. Sophomore Amalia Pureco moved to Florida from Michoacan, Mexico, and junior Stanley Jaccilien moved here from Haiti.
“I moved away from Mexico to Florida in 2004 with my parents and my eight siblings. I have five sisters and three brothers,” said Puerco.
“Moving here was a big transition for my family and me. At first it was very hard and difficult. We had to adjust to an entire new language. I began learning English which was a challenge for me.”
Pureco moved here when she was three-years-old, so for most of her life she has lived in Florida.
“The culture here in Florida is very unlike Mexico,” she said. “There are far more restaurants and shops here. The houses here are built differently in structure than those in Mexico. They have more schools here and far more kids.”
Despite the challenges and differences, Pureco thinks she is better off in Florida.
“There are far more opportunities here in Florida. I have the chance to get a better education and a better life. Despite all the change we went through, I am happy to be here,” stated Pureco.
LRHS junior Stanley Jaccilien moved to Florida three years ago from Haiti.
“I moved here with my six siblings and parents,” he said.
“Moving to Florida was a big transition for me. I had to adjust to the new language and the new culture. Learning English which is what most people speak in Florida was not entirely easy but it was something I needed to do.”
“The buildings here are bigger than those in Mexico. It was a big change to me. Houses here look entirely different and that was something I was not expecting,” stated Jaccilien.
Jaccilien believes that Florida will provide him with a better future.
“Florida has many opportunities for me and I am very thankful for it.”