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Alfonso Tinoco



Alfonso Tinoco was born in 1999 in Uriangato, Mexico. In 2012 he moved to the United States with his mother and father. After a short time in Missouri, the family moved to Ohio. Though he spent his first two years in ESL courses, Alfonso moved into AP English in his third year.




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My mom's side of the family is very large. My grandma had 16 children, they had 52 grandchildren, and they had close to 100 great grandchildren. Some of my mom’s siblings live in Mexico and some live in the US. I’m one of the youngest grandchildren, so I only know the ones close to my age (18) but I’ve seen some of my older cousins. I’m only really close with the cousins around my age.

My grandpa on my Dad’s side of the family became a US citizen at some time around 1992. Because of that, my grandma and their 16 children also became legal citizens. My Dad and Uncle were 18 and 19, and at that point their whole family left them in college in Mexico to move to Chicago. I was born in 1999, when my Dad was 25. He and my Mom considered moving to the US off and on around then, but never did until years later. While we lived in Mexico, my parents moved from Uriangato to Celaya, Guanajuato when I was born. Then, when I was 8, we moved from Celaya to San Jose Iturbide, Guanajuato where we lived for 6 years. Finally, in 2012, my Dad applied for my Mom and my brother and I to become permanent citizens. Two years later, 2014, we were off to Ciudad Juarez to officially become citizens. We left in February of the very same year to go to Missouri, where we lived for 2 years. Finally, we landed in New Albany, Ohio in 2016.

I had taken English classes in 7th and 8th grade in Mexico. When I moved to the United States I took ESL (English as a Second Language) classes during 9th and 10th grade, but I was already speaking English at the beginning of 9th grade. At the end of the year of ESL, I had to take a test to see where I was placed when it came to English reading, speaking, writing, and comprehension. By the end of Sophomore year my ESL teacher said that if I wanted to take ESL for another year that was fine, but I should be okay on my own. And that's what I did. When I moved to New Albany last year I decided to take AP English 11.