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MOUNT VERNON — Students at Mount Vernon High School were encouraged to immerse themselves in another culture during the second Spanish Immersion Day at the school on Saturday.
Eighty high school Spanish students from Mount Vernon, Danville, Fredericktown, Centerburg, Loudonville, Bexley and Newark Catholic descended on MVHS early Saturday morning to explore all of the rich culture, art and food that exists in Spanish-speaking countries.
The event featured five stations that the students visited in groups of about 16, a lunch catered by Fiesta Mexicana, a raffle and a dance party.
There was a market station where students bartered for goods with MVHS Spanish teacher Guinn Bandy, FHS Spanish teacher Melissa Midcap and volunteers Dinorah Bills and Kelor Vega; a cooking station, where students explored the rich world of making and eating Spanish tapas with MVHS Spanish teacher Mariana Wolk and CHS Spanish teacher Hannah Leading; a dancing instruction with Kenyon dance students, where Immersion Day students learned how to dance the Cha-Cha; and a mock job fair, where students played both roles of employers and prospective employees navigating a job fair only spoken in Spanish, with MVHS Spanish teacher Clay Tocheff.