Foth heads organization to highlight Hispanic heritage
At the first Spanish Club meeting, prospective members dance to Shakira's "Waka Waka (Esto es Africa)" for a competition, Sept. 9. Spanish teacher Beatriz Foth heads the club to educate about Hispanic culture.
The language of Spanish has gained importance in the U.S. due to immigration from Latin-speaking countries. In light of this situation, Spanish Club exists to educate students about Hispanic culture.
Adviser Beatriz Foth encourages students to join the club to expand their knowledge of Spanish language and culture.
"Spanish is the second most spoken language in America and is important among people," Foth said. "The reason why I teach Spanish is that I want to promote the Hispanic culture and language to students outside the classroom. I want our students to learn to appreciate different cultures, history, traditions and customs, as well as the unique food."
Involvement in Spanish Club enables freshmen to experience a foreign culture while in their first year of high school. Jieun Seo, '14, said she is excited about participating in Spanish Club this year.
"I decided to join the Spanish Club because I am always willing to try something new, and learning Spanish is perfect for me," Seo said. "I also wanted to learn about Spanish culture, such as the wonderful Spanish food and arts."
While some students join Spanish Club to learn culture, others participate to supplement their college applications.
"I'm going to be in Spanish Club," Stephan Melendez, '13, said. "Spanish is my nationality language, and taking the club lets me understand Spanish culture. Also, it's good for college."
"I want our students to learn to appreciate different cultures, history, traditions and customs, as well as the unique food." --Beatriz Foth, Spanish Club adviser
Club members can experience Hispanic culture through guest speakers, holiday celebrations and eating Latin food. In addition, the Spanish Club sells churros to fund a mariachi band for Cinco de Mayo.
Membership is open to all high school students who have taken or are currently enrolled in a Spanish class. Applications forms are available from Foth and must be turned in to the high school office by Sept. 21.
The current officers are president Austin Ward, secretary Ashley Ward and treasurer Ricky Lopez, all seniors. However, at the next club meeting on Sept. 23, members will hold an election to fill these positions as well as the offices of vice president and public relations.
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