Local high school student enjoys life on the ranch

Marcos Espinoza cleans the barn at his family’s ranch in early September so he and his family members can relax inside. The equipment scattered throughout the barn was brought from their ranch in California, which was significantly smaller than the one in Bowling Green. “[The ranch] is like our own little world,” said Espinoza. Betina Garcia/SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

Twenty minutes outside Bowling Green, a small ranch houses a Greenwood high school senior who is holding on to his bi-ethnic Hispanic identity.

Marcos Espinoza, 17, of Oxnard, California, is a U.S. citizen who is proud of his Guatemalan and Mexican ancestry.

When Espinoza is not on the family ranch, which houses three generations of his family, he feels split when choosing how he will represent himself.

“On the ranch, I can do whatever I want, but when you go outside, it’s different,” said Espinoza.

To escape the stresses of everyday life, Espinoza spends most of his time on the ranch, where he is able to ride his horses, daydream, hang out with his family and be a country boy.