Lancer Spotlight 12/9/21: First annual Culture Fest includes drum circles, posters, talent, and passports

Clubs and individuals displayed a wide variety of cultures on Main Street and in the auditoriuml.

Some of the booths included Palestinian/Arabic culture (Samira Diggs), Agriculture (FFA), Performing Arts culture (Angela Smithhisler/Drama Club), Chinese culture (Mabel Heine/Kyle Walker), Various cultures/poems (National English Honor Society), Spanish culture (Spanish National Honor Society and Daniela Gerardi), African American culture (African American Culture Club), Vietnamese culture (Ena Nguyen), Kenyan & Nigerian culture (Roselyn Adetolu), Ghanaian Culture (Josslyn Quansah), LGBTQ+ culture (Hannah Charles), Deaf culture (Isabella Shifflet), Various cultures/map (Student Government and Lindsay Toothaker), Scottish culture (Ava Bradshaw and Gemma Davies), Israel (Alexa Wetrogan), Hispanic Heritage (Daniela Gerardi), Judaism (Jamie Hendi) and African drumming circle (Kevin Lloyd).

Students, parents, and staff visited booths and collect stamps on their “passports” to be entered into a raffle.  Senior Melanie Barger won a gift box of Lancer gear.

Senior Mary Bailey introduced the performances by students.

Aubrey Beale showcased her welding projects

Promise Green recited an original poem relating to racially motivated events

Ena Nguyen sang “The Feels” by TWICE

Sierra Howell sang “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

Hannah Ponce sang “My Church” by Maren Morris

          Shea Cencula Irish Dance

At Hendi’s booth, she had a collection of dreidels and gold coins. She later explained the game she used to play with her sibling. The dreidel game is one of the most famous Hanukkah traditions. It was created as a way for Jewish people to study the Torah and learn Hebrew in secret after Greek King Antiochus IV had outlawed all Jewish religious worship in 175 BCE.

Mrs. Jessica Baker, National Honor Society Advisor, ran the event.

“We hope to have an even better turnout next year. It was amazing the amount of participation we had for the first year. All the students involved seemed to enjoy being here tonight,” said Baker.