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Multicultural Night In Mineola

To celebrate the diverse cultures within the community, Mineola High School held its seventh annual Multi-Cultural evening on March 4. Parents, students, neighbors and “foodies” showed up at the event to savor world cuisine, broaden their cultural boundaries and get a glimpse of the diversity within the community. 

 

Elsa Coelho, a world language teacher at Mineola High School and program designer, said “our community is extremely diverse. Celebrating the diverse cultures is very important as it  helps to better understand and enhance the comfort with people of different race, culture , background and beliefs. Through this evening's events, we are able to open up our students eyes to the global village we live in.” 

 

The festivities kicked off with potluck dinner served in the school cafeteria. Attendees enjoyed dining on a diverse selection of yummy food from a variety of countries prepared by high school students, their families and local businesses. Food from Italy, Portugal, France, Columbia, Spain and India to name a few countries, were on display. Flavor-packed treats, gourmet food to exotic cultural delicacies—it was  all there.

 

“I feel multicultural night is a great way to discover the delicious and diverse foods within our community and connect with other cultures,” Cristina Milroa, a high school junior, said.

 

Katie Shi, a sophomore, added, “it’s nice to see all the cultures in this community come together. The food was phenomenal; my favorite was the Colombian rice pudding.”

 

The evening continued with multi-cultural performances. Joyce Rhim, a senior, danced to a modern Korean Pop Song. This was followed by “International Idol,” hosted by the Italian Club, which had singing performances/competitions in different languages.

 

The student judges voted a tie between Nuvia Velasquez, who sang “Espiritu Santo” by Rocio Crooke in Spanish, and the duo Daniela Borges and Felecia Villa, who sang a “The Prayer” by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager in Italian. Subsequent to this, the

Portuguese Club of Mineola  gave a spectacular Portuguese folk dance performance dressed in traditional bright attire. Greek Taverna performed to end the night. 

 

The Multi-Cultural evening  was to mark and celebrate National Foreign Language Week which was from March 3-9. Since 1957, normally in the first week of March, foreign national week is celebrated in schools across America. The celebration is to introduce students to the different languages around the world.

 

“This year we had a very exciting  theme for Foreign Language Week called ‘Don’t Let Learning a Language Slip Through Your Fingers,’ said world language teacher Kathleen Levin. “Learning a new language can literally change the way you see the world. We learn about cultures and can embrace all of the similarities and differences of our worlds. Todays teenagers live in a global community with a myriad of ways to contact and communicate across the globe.”

 

 

Edward Escobar, principal at Mineola High School said, “Multicultural Night shows that we can all come together and enjoy not only each other’s company but delicious foods from all over the world as well.”


News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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