Gardenia del Rosario Martinez-Marquez is a senior at East High School who currently holds a 3.47 GPA. Martinez-Marquez has earned the Denver Public Schools Seal of Biliteracy and has become multilingual by learning Portuguese. Martinez-Marquez has won the highest rating at the annual National Federation of Music Clubs music competition for 7 consecutive years, earning two Gold Cups for her accomplishments in piano soloing. Martinez-Marquez is part of the school’s Jazz Combo (two years running), and her instructor Keith Oxman, has awarded her a scholarship to study private jazz piano at Metro State University of Denver (where she is currently studying). Martinez-Marquez has also been featured on 89.3 KUVO Jazz Radio with her Jazz Combo. Martinez-Marquez will be attending Metropolitan State University in the spring of 2018.
Their Eyes Were Watching God – by Zora Neale Huston
The Age of Adeline
Romantic Ballads from the 60’s – 80’s in Spanish and Jazz
Musical Artist/Aviation Pilot
Learning foreign languages, playing and composing music (I play piano, violin, saxophone, guitar, organ and I sing), reading and writing poetry.
My parents will always be my heroes! They taught me the value of respect, honesty, freedom of expression, individuality, positivity, and the importance of preserving throughout my life.
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA
WORDS TO LIVE BY
“Because I’m the size of what I see and the size of my height.” Fernando Pessoa
Martinez-Marquez is a participant in Miss Hispanidad Colorado which is a contest/organization that gives personal growth classes to girls between 15-18, who help the community like giving food to the homeless and visiting the elderly.
WHY IS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IMORTANT?
“We realize the needs of our community. Having a voice and taking action is what makes change in the world, especially with the union of people and the community.”
IF I COULD IMPROVE THE WORLD, I WOULD...
“I would create an organization that ends the abuses toward humans and animals, homelessness, deportations, and drug addictions.”