Festival provides rewarding experience

Nancy Stephan
Staff Writer
Photo by Nancy Stephan
The Dance — (from left) Laura Ambrocio, Roberto Rosas and Kristina Knight of Drew Central High School perform at the Foreign Language Festival. The team placed second in Spanish music.

   The sixth annual Foreign Language Festival held Feb. 26 at the University of Arkansas-Monticello proved to be a truly rewarding experience for all who participated. More than 120 students from the surrounding area attended the event, which was sponsored by UAM and coordinated by Isabel Bacon. Bacon, a Spanish instructor at UAM, started the program six years ago in cooperation with several area high school Spanish teachers. Affiliated with the Foreign Language Association Reaching Educators and Students, the festival challenges the students in the areas of vocabulary, grammar, speech and cultural knowledge.

   Students competed in three separate groups:  Elementary Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Advanced/Heritage Spanish, and in each group they competed in several categories: Poetry, Public Speaking, Extemporaneous and Vocabulary Bee. Winners included: 

Spanish                                                          French

1st Place - Drew Central                                 1st Place - Hamburg                               

2nd Place – Star City                                       2nd Place - Monticello

3rd Place - Hermitage

   Students were offered various activities to participate in during the day.  Some of these included arts and crafts, dancing, bingo and a bulletin board competition. In the afternoon, students competed in arts, talent and some comedy. Skits and Music winners included:

Skits (French)                                                 Skits (Spanish)

1st Place – Hamburg                                         1st Place - Rison

2nd Place – Hamburg                                        2nd Place – Rison

Spanish Music

1st Place – Monticello tied 1st Place – Monticello team No. 2 

2nd Place – Monticello tied 2nd Place – Drew Central 

3rd Place – Monticello tied 3rd Place – Rison 

    Many individuals helped to make the festival successful, including UAM students who helped to set up, judge the competitions, and welcome and direct the participating area high school students.

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