Martin Suasnavas, an 18-year-old Logan High Student, was born on September 29, 1998 in Quito, Ecuador. He came to the United States when he was only 11 months old with his mom and his two siblings, Edison, who was 12 at the time, and Stefany, who was 9. The government and economy were going down in Ecuador, and Martin’s parents wanted a better future for their kids.
Martin’s dad, Marte, left Ecuador first to settle in and find a house in the United States. Marte found himself a good enough job to support his family and a house big enough to fit his family, in Logan, Utah. He was able to make decent enough money to have a stable life for him and his family. Martin’s mother, Martha, was also able to find herself a good job to help her family.
“I remember my first day in 6th grade and in a blink of an eye it was my last day of middle school.”
When Martin and his family first arrived, his siblings, Edison and Stefany, started school at Adams Elementary. They both struggled in school due to the language barrier. After learning English, school became much easier for both of them.
Martin started school at age five at Woodruff Elementary. He was very social and fit in instantly. He grew up learning both English and Spanish, making school easier for him.
After Elementary, Martin went to Mount Logan Middle School just like both of his siblings. Middle school seemed to go by really fast for Martin. “I remember my first day in 6th grade and in a blink of an eye it was my last day of middle school.”
Edison and Stefany went on to graduate from Logan High in 2005, and in 2008 were both offered full-ride scholarships to Utah State. Edison has already graduated from Utah State while Stefany is still in school receiving her master’s. Martin will also be graduating from Logan High this year.
Although he will not be attending Utah State like both of his siblings, he will be attending Dixie State in hopes to get a degree in music. “I grew up listening to all types of music and I seemed to like it all. I hope to make my own music one day.”
Jumping to present day, Martin is finishing up high school, has a job, and is soon on his way to college. Martin’s older brother Edison now has a wife and a baby daughter, and has a very stable job so he can live a comfortable life. Stefany has two children and will soon be finishing up her schooling at Utah State. Their parents, Marte and Martha, both have good jobs and recently built their own house. The Suasnavas family have come a long way from living in Ecuador. All Martin’s parents wanted was a good life for their family. America, for them, has meant a dream come true.
Editor: Samantha Aguilar
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