Article: Sarah Park ’20 | Photo & Video: Jiyoon Park ’19
Every weekend, the SWAT committee led by Mrs. Warren plans different activities on/off-campus to provide students with something fun to do and relieve their stress from the busy weekday commitments. Recently, students headed down to the union to participate in the Latin Festival, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Various types of Hispanic food such as salsa, empanadas, grilled corn, and traditional beverages were provided — much of which was cooked by our own faculty! After enjoying the delicious foods, students made teams of 3-5 people to take part in the Inca Treasure Hunt and various activities which derive from Hispanic culture. One of the activities was learning the traditional Hispanic dances, and a few instructors were able to teach students how to dance the bachata, salsa, merengue, and Zumba.
Another activity invited students to copy a given Latin American artwork and to create their own new painting with it. Later students made piñatas, which are decorated figures with goods inside usually used during Spanish celebrations. The final activity was the most exciting, but challenging, jalapeño eating contest. Each contestant had a teacher counting how many jalapeños the student ate, and the person who ate the most won the contest. Hunter Tran ’21 was the surprise winner after eating seven spicy, biting jalapeños. In the end, two teams took the victory of the treasure hunt, one team included Robyn Campos ’21 and Rose Caso ’21, and the other team consisted of Michelle Wan ’20, Annie Daramola ’20, Hunter Tran ’21, Emma Winiarski ’21, and Sarah Phillips ’21. Michelle stated that the Latin Festival was “a fresh experience because I got to learn a lot about the style of art and dances of Latin America.”
Although not everyone participated in all activities, many students thought it was a new experience and a meaningful time to get to know about Hispanic culture in an entertaining way, and they are looking forward to joining in again next year.