By Debra Sigel
The World Connections Club of Hamilton Southeastern High School will present its sixth annual International Night at 7 p.m. in HSE’s Leonard Auditorium March 14. Live entertainment will begin in the auditorium immediately followed by food, dancing, music and fun in the Cafeteria Annex.
“One of our goals is to make people aware of different cultures within in our community,” said Vickie Lazaga, World Languages teacher at HSEHS.
There will be many students with various hidden talents. These range from unique instruments, dancing and singing in many different languages from all around the world.
Anyone is welcome to participate in the parade of nations, to wear traditional dress, and join in the fun. “The more the merrier,” Lazaga said.
The World Connections Club has gotten bigger and better with promoting talent and education over the years, according to Lazaga. “The kids put a lot into the decoration and planning,” she said.
Participants can enjoy Chinese lanterns, different posters and colorful flags from around the world, all sponsored by the Language Department.
Countries represented will share artifacts, maps and anything representational of their ethnicity. There will be more than 20 countries represented with faculty members sharing their gifts and wares, displayed in festive booths.
The evening will be an opportunity for sampling a taste of international cuisine and a night for educational meeting of the foreign nations.
International Night was started by Diane Douglas, a guidance counselor for the international students, who has since passed away. She was a visionary who saw the “need to integrate kids into the school,” Lazaga said. Out of that need and talent came the cultural club, she added.
Approximately 1,000 paper cranes hang in the halls of the school dedicated to Douglas’s memory.
Plan now to be a part of the entertainment, provide a cultural booth, wear traditional dress, bring your favorite food dish, sing, dance, etc.
March 14 will be a wonderful night of talents and tasty cuisines from around the world. Tickets will be $4 in advance and $5 at the door. For more information please contact Lazaga at email@example.com.