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Middle school students showcase cultural immersion

By Alex Dorian, Contributing Writer

Proud teacher Nora Wagman stands next to French students Rose Shade and Megan Dion, who chose to use sewing as a means to communicate the their interest in Parisian fashion.

Proud teacher Nora Wagman stands next to French students Rose Shade and Megan Dion, who chose to use sewing as a means to communicate the their interest in Parisian fashion.

Marlborough – Foreign language students from the 1LT Charles M. Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough participated in the school's second annual World Language Festival on May 22 as a way to? educate others about different cultures from around the world.

Language teachers Jocelyn Demuth, Jill Jackson, Joan Conner, Nora Wagman and Qiong Liu organized the event last year to better promote the school's Language program, which was recently implemented into the school's curriculum.

“We brought the idea to the department last year and everybody saw the logic in it,” said Demuth. “There weren's really any hoops to jump through – bureaucracy free.”

The students, most of them in the seventh or eighth grade, were given the option of learning Spanish, French, Latin or Mandarin Chinese.

“The students learn a lot about working as a team and listening to a member's input,” said Wagman, who teaches French. “You see friendships forming, they'se happy, they'se engaged.”

The festival included presentations about contemporary French fashion trends, Argentinian cuisine, Chinese New Year, and Roman gladiator bouts.

7th grade Latin students Jeremiah Hall and Evan Doherty display their gladiator-inspired-dice game.

7th grade Latin students Jeremiah Hall and Evan Doherty display their gladiator-inspired-dice game.

Spanish students Michaela Zouharis and Gabrielle Everett give out Alfajores de Leche, an  Argentinian caramel cookie.

Spanish students Michaela Zouharis and Gabrielle Everett give out Alfajores de Leche, an
Argentinian caramel cookie.

Students Kristina, Leah, Alyssa and Violent present their interactive board  about Chinese New Year.

Students Kristina, Leah, Alyssa and Violent present their interactive board
about Chinese New Year.

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