For DASH Spanish teacher, Ms. Teresita Lopez, and the members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, coordinating the Hispanic Heritage festivities was a labor of love.
“I would like to thank everyone at DASH for helping make this a wonderful celebration.” she said to begin the event.
The celebration began with a reading of freshman student Alexandria Schweitzer’s essay that was entered in the district’s Hispanic Heritage Month Essay contest. English teacher, Mr. Hernandez along with Ms. Lopez selected it as the best writing sample for its originality. Alexandria responded to the following question: Based on the data presented, how do you foresee the growing number of Hispanics influencing the United States socially, economically, and politically?
Representing the vast world of Hispanic literature, student Victoria Cabrera recited in Spanish two stanzas of Cuban poet and Cuban War for Independence hero Jose Marti’s famous Versos Sencillos, followed by Maria Useche who recited the English translation.
On a musical note, Natalia Reynaldo, who is herself of Mexican heritage, sang an Argentinian musical with an added Flamenco Cante Hondo twist.
No celebration is complete without dancing and food, so the event ended with a feast of Hispanic dishes from around the world, as well as students dancing Zumba and La Macarena in the courtyard.