East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Carl the ‘menace’

Ismael Miranda is a senior at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy, one of the five high schools on the Torres Campus. To his friends and acquaintances, he is mostly known as Carl because of his curly hair resembling Carl from “Jimmy Neutron.” That and the fact that many people don’t know how to pronounce his name right.

In the fall, he will attend college and major in Psychology. Ever since he was a kid, he has been fascinated by science but recently he has been passionate for Psychology. The human mind is interesting to him in how intricate and complex it is, and he wants to help heal minds that may have been damaged by psychological wounds. He cares for people and always wants to help.

In addition to English, he fluently speaks Spanish and American Sign Language. He lives with his two parents and five siblings. His youngest sister, Kathy, and only brother, Jorge, are both deaf, so this is where the sign language comes in handy. One of his other sisters just graduated and attends UC Merced.

He is currently on the Academic Decathlon team, and they are currently majoring in WWII. He finds all the science, music, art, and economics of the war really interesting. He’s dived into WWII before but not as deep as they do in Decathlon.

In the class, they learn the most insignificant information of that time period to the most important. He finds the class really interesting, diverse, and electrifying. Well, maybe not the music lessons. But he really loves music.

He listens to every type of genre and doesn’t really have a favorite. If he’s not in school, you’ll usually find him at home doing his school work, playing video games, listening to music, or just looking through social media and seeing what’s going on in the world. Did I mention he has a dog named Rocky?