Multicultural show promotes diversity

Participants showcase their roots

Jenna Cook

Dancing around the stage at this year’s multicultural show, senior Erika Wilson said she chose to participate because of her love for dancing and learning about the culture of others.

The multicultural show took place in the auditorium May 1 including a fashion show where students and staff were able to express their culture through traditional garments.

Wilson said the fashion show helped deepen the understanding of each individual’s heritage.

“Most people don’t know about people’s cultures and what they wear, so the fashion show, (helps) everybody understand that everybody’s different,” Wilson said.

Spanish teacher Hanna Anderson said she used the multicultural show as an opportunity to show the school there is more to her Peru- vian culture than the language.

“When you see me every day you know I’m the Spanish teacher, but to show that I come from Peru, and that besides the language, there are just so many things that are unique to my country,” Anderson said.

Anderson said she enjoyed seeing more staff involvement in this year’s show.

“It was a nice surprise to find that there were two other staff members who partici- pated this year,” Anderson said.

Senior Ari Vlodaver said the show high- lights aspects of cultures represented by students at Park.

“It lets everyone see what your culture is about and lets them be represented within their school,” Vlodaver said.

Anderson said, since she was one of two staff members who participated last year, she enjoyed seeing more staff involvement in this year’s show.

“It was a nice surprise to find that there were two other staff members who participated this year,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping that more staff members are involved next year.”

Vlodaver said the show brings awareness to real-life aspects of cultures represented by students at Park.

“It lets everyone see what your culture is about and lets them see not just the large picture of what people have seen in movies, it actually lets them be represented within their school,” Vlodaver said.

Anderson said she would like to see participation increase in future years.

“It’s a way to show other cultures, other traditions and to give a voice to students from different cultures,” Anderson said.

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