By Sophia Lopez, Kylee McDonald, and Marissa Mitchell
APR 27, 2017
On Wednesday, April 5, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) students gathered in the STA gym to celebrate the diversity of cultures from various parts of the world. Organized by the French, Latin, Spanish, and Italian Honor Societies, the second annual STA International Fair was a huge success.
The featured cultures were Latin, Italian, Spanish, and French communities. Each honor society set up booths where they showcased regionals foods, unique styles of dress, and various crafts and activities. The event kicked off with a welcome and thanks from French Honor Society President Rachelle Diamond, and launched into some fun activities and live entertainment. The first performance was the STA school choir, whose voices created a beautiful medley. The second performer was Italian singer Carlos De Antoine, who astounded the crowd with the power and emotion behind his voice. The final performance — and the main event– was a drum routine presented by Fushu Daiko. A popular local Japanese Drum band, Fushu Daiko amazed the crowd with their outstanding performance.
Sophomore Aidan McDonald said, “International Fair was an awesome display of talent and culture. My favorite part was eating croissants and talking to Mrs. Natiello about Ancient Latin culture.” Freshman Vinh Hua said “I really like experiencing the different cultures and foods and can’t wait to experience it next year.” Sophomore James Demar followed up with “it was a fantastic experience to learn and understand different cultures around the world.” Junior Trevonne Amerson added “I heard about the International Fair last year and was not able to go. Going there for first time was a wonderful experience.”
Whether they posed in the Mona Lisa photo booth, made laurel crowns, played in a soccer competition, enjoyed a cup of gelato, or just sat enjoying the entertainment, STA students appreciated the opportunity to share in the diverse cultural experiences that the International Fair offered.