Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00
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.”