Ti High language students celebrate

TICONDEROGA The first week of March means the celebration of National Foreign Language Week for Spanish and French students at Ticonderoga High School. The week began with a French and Spanish culture trivia contest which was broadcast during the morning announcements. Classroom activities included analysis of career opportunities for students who have a background in a foreign language and video clips from other countries and cultures. The centerpiece of the week was the international dinner and Salsa dance night that took place midweek. Students and parents contributed ethnic dishes from Mexico, India, Spain, France and Italy. Appetizers, main courses and desserts highlighted cooking and cuisine from many different countries. French and Spanish students also mixed a punch beverage similar to Spanish Sangria. Students watched French and Spanish music videos during the dinner. Community members Stan Zakharin and Catalina Alcaraz-Guzman brought Salsa dance lessons and music to the students and teachers after the dinner had concluded. They are experienced Salsa dancers who volunteered to teach for this celebration; starting students with a warm-up and continuing with basic steps, counting and the more challenging turns. After an hour of lessons, students and teachers concluded that it was like an aerobic exercise class in its intensity, but more enjoyable. The National Foreign Language Week celebrations concluded with a high school dance sponsored by the Spanish club on Friday. Students were encouraged to try out their new Salsa dance steps.

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