9th Annual Multicultural Night celebrates diversity

on May 4, 2016

Monroe-Woodbury Middle School’s Multicultural Night event was bigger and better than ever before! Enjoy some highlights from the fun-filled event.

There were 24+ countries represented (the plus includes a group of students who represented various countries from the Central America region). Other countries such as China, Dominican Republic, France, India, Ireland, Italy and Mexico were represented multiple times. Also represented this year were: Canada, Chile, Cuba, England, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Senegal (West Africa), Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In addition to Monroe-Woodbury Middle School, Central Valley Elementary School, North Main Elementary School, Pine Tree Elementary School and the Monroe-Woodbury High School participated in this special event.
There were seven exciting performances that evening:

Dances from India – performed by Nicholas and Michael Alappat, Anushka and Yuvraj Chandyok, Ekam and Prab Gill, Milan and Ronak Kakar, Riaan Patel and Isabelle and Justin Varghese

Indian Classical Dance (Kathak) – performed by Kushi and Shreya Girish, Varsha Jegan, Aishwarya Rajendran and Visakhi Mirriapalli

Bollywood/Warrior Dance – performed by Purab Charka, Pine Tree

Pakistani Folk Dance – performed by Taha, Bisma and Ali Malik, shees and Kashaf Jafri, Iman and Zahra Rajput, Rushaan and Zainab Ahmad, and Samia Jamal and Shahmir Jama

Central Valley Elementary School – Select Chorus, under the direction of Jeanette Russell

Song selection – The Great Melting Pot

Student performers included: Jillian Barry, Maddy Bendix, Sarah Beshay, Kacie Burke, Eduardo Cortes, Katherine Deane, Arianna Eisner, Jaden Fateman, Emma Filonow, Colleen Gilligan, Matthew Gorlin, Matthew Graves, Gabi Hahn, Caitlin Heppes, Sam Kerneklian, Griffin King, Nicholas Lai, Jasmin Leon, Anne Mangatt, Kylie McCarron, Rocco Mondelli, Vincent Mondelli, Frances Munzelle, Odessa Prodafikas, Matthew Qu, Laura Rrapi, Marcello Ruggiero, Emma Schlifkin, Elicia Seward, Olivia Shippee, Ella Silber,
Rohan Sonakya, Alexa Spagna, Bridget Sweikert, Emily Traveras, Karissa Thom and Alexa Thomas

Monroe-Woodbury Middle School African Drumming, under the direction of Adam Conforti – performances by Katherine Carranza, Cassandra Hughes, Parsa Kasraee, Alexis Muniz, Elyssia Rukaj, Yessica Rodriguez and Taylor Thornton

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE by “S.O.U.L. – Singers of United Lands”

• Thanks to Nicole Regan, District Music Coordinator, families had the good fortune of meeting three professional young singers from the native countries of Albania, Kenya and Malaysia, who are touring together for six months. The day before the Multicultural Night event, Julian, Stellah, and Kent visited M-W Middle School and shared their cultures and personal stories with some of our students during their music classes. Each one of them spoke about their native country and called on students to locate their county on a world map, after which each sang a song in their native tongue, but not before they explained to the students in English what the lyrics signified. It was a very special visit for our school, as well as for all those who attended the Multicultural Night event. So much fun and so much talent in one room!

This year’s Multicultural Night Basket Raffle was very successful bringing in $622.00, which will be split in half ($311) and donated to two local food pantries—The Monroe Methodist Church Food Pantry and Our Father’s Kitchen at Sacred Heart Church.

All this was made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors: Annie Ackerman, Nini Kaur, Kim Laskorski, Diane LeViseur, Debra Magen, Tracey Meehan, Sheri Ann Pochat, Pamela Pretsch, Dawn Tauber and Tuslina Susanto.