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Ti students celebrate foreign language week

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga High School French and Spanish students celebrated National Foreign Language Week March 9 - 13 with special events.

The week began with announcements being read in different languages to begin the school day. Jake Kelly, Brendan Carberry, David Cook, Alex Durkota and Alex Walters presented French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Arabic to the high school population.

Class activities included a foreign language poster contest and a foreign language tee shirt decorating class. Posters were complete during the week, each containing the theme, "Languages Unity the World." Prize categories for the poster included most artistic, most original and best overall winner.

The centerpiece of the week was once again an international dinner put on by the French and Spanish class students themselves.

The event was attended by over 60 students from the Spanish and French classes. Students cooked and brought in dishes that represented different ethnic and linguist groups throughout the world. Some plates included Coq au vin, empanadas, mousse au chocolat, crepes, taco wraps, taquitos, Spanish rice, tres leches cake, baguettes, poutine, quebecois cheese curd, sesame chicken and lasagna.

Staff member Maria Bagneschi was tapped at the master of ceremonies for cultural trivia contest that followed the dinner. A panel of 12 students responded to Jeopardy-type questions about Spanish and French culture.

The evening concluded with lessons in the dance style Tango, direct from Argentina. Dance instructors for this event were Victoria Walters and Alex Durkota, French and Spanish class students. They learned the Tango style during a summer theater workshop and volunteered to direct the class.

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