Arantza Jaloma Cuellar (accent on the e) is one of two youth exchange students for 2019. She gave the group an overview of her home country, shared photos and also told us a little about her family and personal life.
 
Arantza lives in the 11th most populous state of Mexico, Zacatecas, in north-central Mexico.
Arantza Jaloma Cuellar (accent on the e) is one of two youth exchange students for 2019. She gave the group an overview of her home country, shared photos and also told us a little about her family and personal life.
 
Arantza lives in the 11th most populous state of Mexico, Zacatecas, in north-central Mexico.
She showed us photos of the rich cultural traditions of her country, including dancing, mariachi and other musicians, acrobatic performances and the Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, when people honor their ancestors.
 
A quick overview of one of the most important cultural elements - food! - was also provided. Arantza explained that many items are built off a base of a tortilla, meat, lettuce, salsa and cheese. She explained how tamales are constructed and revealed that one of her favorite foods is enchiladas, and she joked that a lot of the food mirrors the colors of the Mexican flag.
 
Zacatecas the city started as a Spanish mining camp in the mid-16th century and mining (silver, lead, zinc and copper) remains an important industry.  She showed photos of a mine that had been opened for tourism and contains a disco. The city has been designated as a World Heritage site and has many historical buildings and sites to visit. It's located about a seven-hour drive from Mexico City.
 
 
Located high above sea level, the average temperature is 60, but Arantza noted that in the winter it can drop to the 20s. Because the city is surrounded by hills, it can be very windy as well.
 
Arantza is an active teen. She lives with her mom, dad and her dog. She also shared photos of her extended family: aunts, uncles and cousins.
She plays volleyball and is coached by the same person who coached her mom in college. "I've known him since I was a baby," she said. "He's kind of like a grampa for me."
 
"Family is really important to me," she said. "I'm grateful for everything they do for me."
 
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