Latino Community Leader Speaks to Blair Students

by Juan Turcios

Mr. George Muñoz an important person in the Latino community, had a meeting with all 10th, 11th, and 12th Latino students in Blair early December. Mr. Muñoz talked with all Hispanic students about a very important thing &endash; education. He was explaining how a student could be someone in this country. He spoke to us about how he became someone in the United States.

Mr. Muñoz is the president and chief executive officer of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is an independent U.S. government agency that runs like a business and at no cost to the taxpayer. OPIC tries to get U.S. companies to invest in 140 developing countries and emerging markets.

Mr. Muñoz talked about when he was a little boy he wanted the people to tell him things like to help wash the car "because it's easy to do." But he realizes that to be a professional you have to do the hard things. Mr. Muñoz was explaining that is very important to not think only of yourself. "Think of your family, your friends or poor people around the world," he said. He believes that when we try to help others, we also help ourselves.

He told all the students to continue their studies after they finish high school. He was explaining how he studied in college and how he got financial aid.

Mr. Muñoz holds four college degrees form top national universities. He has a J.D. degree form Harvard Law School, a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Laws in Taxation form DePaul University, and a business degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Muñoz was born in Brownsville, Texas in 1951; he is one of 12 children, and is fluent in Spanish.

Mr. Moreno, a counselor for ESOL students, was very impressed with Mr. Muñoz's talk. "The Hispanic students should be proud about who they are. They have to understand to work hard and take time to motivate themselves to become somebody," he said. "Making some money is easy in this country. But to be someone important, you have to study and work hard."

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