IN PICTURES: MARATHON HIGH HOLDS HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION

Arriving just on the heels of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Marathon High School held a Hispanic heritage celebration of its own on Oct. 24. Opening with an introduction by MHS vice principal Rebecca Keenu, the evening’s festivities included presentations on the flags of Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua, a personal immigration story told by Neek Perez Urra, dance demonstrations, a Spanish singing group and address by guest speaker Janny Oliva before closing remarks from Alexander Nicolas and MHS principal Christine Paul.

Photos by SANDRA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY/Keys Weekly

Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.