Sonia Sotomayor

By: Tanya Da Silva

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  • Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954, in the Bronx, New York.
  • She was married to politician Kevin Noonan for 7 years and has no children.
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  • Her parents are both Puerto Rican.
  • She was raised a Catholic and grew up in Puerto Rican communities.
  • As a child, she struggled to do well in school because she didn't know English.
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  • She attended Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx.
  • She was on the forensics team and was elected to the student government.
  • She graduated as valedictorian in 1972.
  • She went to Princeton University and recieved the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, which is the highest honor Princeton awards.
  • She graduated from Yale Law School and passed the bar exam in 1980.

Interesting Facts

  • Her desire to be a judge and on the Supreme Court was first inspired by the TV show Perry Mason.
  • In 2009, she became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.
  • Her father died in 1963 when she was only 9 years old.
  • She's the third women on the Supreme court.
  • She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 8 years old.
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Sonia Sotomayor is an important role model because:

  • She became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992
  • She was raised to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998.
  • She became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

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Why I Chose this Historical Figure

  • I think Sonia Sotomayor is not only a role model for Hispanics but also for women in general.
  • Through hard work and dedication, she accomplished everything she set out to do.
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