Prince Royce urges Hispanics to stay in school

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Los Angeles (EFE). — Bachata singer Prince Royce stressed the importance of education and urged students not to drop out during a visit to Los Angeles High School as part of the Latin Grammy in the Schools program.

The New York singer, the recipient of seven Latin Grammy nominations and winner of 19 Billboard Latin Music Awards, told Efe Tuesday he visited the school “to motivate kids to continue fighting for their dreams and to be positive.”

“Nothing is easy and if one wants to have a good life and think of the future, have a family, children, anything, education is necessary and that is a reason to stay in school and really work hard,” the singer said.

The singer of “Darte un beso” visited the school along with members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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Los Angeles High School, according to 2013 California Education Department figures, has 1,745 students, of whom 73.6 percent are of Hispanic origin.

The high school’s Hispanic students have a dropout rate of 20 percent, compared to 14.2 percent among Latinos in Los Angeles county.

The program’s goal is to motivate students to pursue their education through meetings with the artists they admire, Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation vice president Manolo Diaz told Efe.

The next event is scheduled for Oct. 23 at Celia Cruz High School of Music in the Bronx, where Spanish pop singer David Bisbal will address students.

The program has been expanded to Latin America with the cooperation of Calle 13 in Puerto Rico; pop singer Diego Torres and Emmanuel Horvilleur, of the Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas group, in Argentina; and Jesse & Joy and Pamela Rodriguez in Peru.

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