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Comedian Ernie G shares jokes, personal stories to help inspire Yakima students

YAKIMA, Wash.--Students from Wilson Middle School now have some inspiration to do well academically and personally thanks to a well-known comedian.

"If it is to be, it is up to me."

The words behind comedian and Latino advocate Ernie G's performance at Wilson Middle School on Tuesday.

"It sparks all kinds of emotions. It did in me and I know in the students as I was watching their faces, they were highly engaged," said principal Ernesto Araiza.

Drawing from life experiences as a young Latino growing up in Los Angeles, his visit to Yakima is part of a mini tour to inspire young students who share the same struggles both in class and in life.

"For me to come here in Yakima, being from Los Angeles and seeing my nieces and my nephews and my cousins in the faces of these Wilson Middle School students, it was magical," said Ernie.

Students at Wilson are preparing for important tests, including English-language tests and the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Ernie, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, stressed the importance of doing well for them and their families.

He opened up about being kicked out of college and facing personal demons before getting his diploma.

School leaders are thankful for the chance to host an entertainer who's been all around the world that connects so personally with these students.

"The main point of his message was, 'You can do it. You can go to college [and] graduate and the power is within you so we really appreciate that message for our students," Araiza said.

A message that tells these students to shine their light and brighten up their families and community.

"These are beautiful, powerful, educated students and we are all one big family!" Ernie said.

Ernie G will be performing at a free event Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at Eisenhower High School and the community is invited to attend.

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