Crestview High celebrates Hispanic culture (VIDEO)

Hispanic Heritage

Traditional Panamanian dancers demonstrate colorful clothing and dances native to their isthmus nation during the Crestview High School Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, October 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM.

CRESTVIEW — In a swirl of colorful native dress, festive displays of cultural artifacts and Hispanic groceries, and amid the aroma of south-of-the-border cuisine, the Crestview High School cafeteria transformed into a fiesta celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Wednesday evening.

Spanish department students and faculty worked for hours ahead of the evening event to decorate the room in a colorful montage of flags representing several Latin American nations flanking a large Old Glory. Tables had festive tablecloths with informational placards about various Central and South American nations.

The Spanish Club was instrumental in many of the preparations, teacher Elizabeth Rivera-Oquendo said.

“All the students have provided food, so this is a good experience for them,” she said. “Some have had the opportunity to watch someone cook authentic Hispanic food. I am very excited for them.”

Student Spanish Club president Missy Frame said that producing the annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration is an educational experience for club members, some of whom neither study nor speak Spanish nor have Hispanic heritage.

“We do a lot with studying the different cultures and all the different countries and their different foods,” Missy said. “You don’t have to be in a Spanish class to be in the Spanish Club. We have a lot of fun — and we eat a lot of great food!”


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