Lakewood has superior showing at International Day
Lakewood's foreign language students went to Pinellas County's 29th annual International Day on Feb. 27 at Meadowland Middle School. Lakewood had 26 students compete in competitions, including impromptu speaking, performance in a play and reciting memorized passages. The overall outcome for Lakewood was successful with 27 superiors, three excellents and one good.
"We are very proud of our students representing Lakewood's World Language department and state competition team," Spanish teacher Linda Santiago said.
International Day is a day where all Pinellas County students attend workshops to celebrate and learn international cultures, through various cultural activities and competitions in world language events.
Schools can also compete in a banner competition. This year's theme was "The world is at your fingertips." Lakewood did not place in the top three for the banner but did receive an excellent.
The day begins with a parade showcasing traditional dress and performances featuring Pinellas County students. Freshman Emily Flake walked in the parade and sang a song in Spanish during the opening ceremony. Other students included in this ceremony were Stefan Mason, who played the violin, and Carson Hamel and Clay French, both of whom were co-masters of the ceremony.
After the opening ceremony ended, students were released for session one to do workshops that represented various cultures and to compete in their events. After lunch, session two began with different activities for students to do. This year's activities included traditional food making, calligraphy and Arabic writing, national music, henna tattoos and crafts from different countries.
Once session two came to an end, the closing ceremony began and students anxiously waited for their results. At the closing ceremony, a $450 scholarship for a Spanish immerson program was given away. This year's scholarship recipient was sophomore Katie McGilvery. Also announced were certain individual awards, including the one freshman William Kline won for the 3D project he submitted.
"I made a Dia de los Muertos altar for my grandpa. It was a shoe box, almost like a diorama," Kline said.
In addition to competing, Lakewood used International Day to raise money for the conferencia team which will be attending the Spanish State Competition on March 10-12. Volunteers sold donuts, chips, coffee, water and juice.