TICONDEROGA-Spanish and French class students at Ticonderoga High school celebrated National Foreign Language Week March 7-11.
The week began with French and Spanish culture trivia contests, broadcast during the morning announcements. Classroom activities included analysis of career opportunities for students who have a background in a foreign language, discussions on differing cultures around the globe and viewing of video clips from other countries.
The centerpiece of the week was the International Dinner night. Students and parents contributed ethnic dishes from Mexico, India, Spain, France and Italy. Appetizers, main courses and desserts highlighted cooking and cuisine from many different countries. French and Spanish students also mixed a punch beverage similar to Spanish Sangria. Students watched Spanish music videos during the dinner.
Entertainment after the dinner was "Minute to win it," a competition patterned after the television show. Students had a minute to complete challenges involving balloons, tissue boxes, feathers, Oreo cookies and pyramids of soda cans. The event winners were Adriana Clarke, Will Laurie, Nate Lenhart, Sean Smith, Michaela Campney and Grace Ginn.
The National Foreign Language Week celebrations concluded with a high school dance sponsored by the French Club. French Club members designed a Mardi Gras theme for the evening, and music and DJ service was donated by Todd Bessette, a local DJ.