Last Saturday night, the Chinese students at Campion prepared a Lunar New Year celebration and gave the other students a glimpse into Chinese culture.
The night started off with a few performances in the chapel. Canson (Senior), Rain (Junior) and Ensen (Junior), international students from China, presented a Chinese song with Kung Fu shows. Their enthusiasm got everyone clapping and cheering.
Trivia questions were also asked with prizes to create more interest in Chinese culture. “I enjoyed the live Chinese songs in the chapel, it was rare and exciting for us to listen to live performances in another language. It was really cool,” said Samantha Hodges, a new sophomore this year here who has shown a great talent for learning Chinese. She was able to say, “Happy New Year,” in Chinese, which is “Xin Nian Kuai Le,” and won a prize for the last trivia question.
Then the whole group shifted to the gym for the rest of the night. Badminton courts and ping-pong tables were set up for students to enjoy some popular sports in China. There were art tables for students to decorate traditional opera masks and fans as well. Kevin Perez, a sophomore, expressed his enjoyment, “I drew some cherry blossoms on the Chinese traditional fan, it looked really nice.” He also expressed that the Chinese New Year party has been one of his favorite events of the year. The gym was full of laughter and the sounds of students singing karaoke in multiple languages.
The night ended with colorful fireworks, symbolizing success in the new year ahead of us. Each student had two sparklers and we also enjoyed three other big fireworks. The students felt the excitement of celebrating Chinese New Year with all the Chinese students. We had a fulfilling night.
Jill Harlow is the international club sponsor, and she helped the Chinese students organize this whole event. “It was not stressful for me because the Chinese students are talented and trustworthy, and I know I can count on them,” she said. “The students went above and beyond expectations. They worked hard to put a fun event together and kept track of all the details that needed to be taken care of. I am so proud of them."
One of our Chinese students, Annie, who performed an emotional Chinese song, said, “It was a lot of pressure to practice and set up, but it was worth it. We brought more Chinese elements to the school here.
Yes, that was the goal for this event, for local students to know more about the Chinese culture. And Campion Academy provided a wonderful international atmosphere, because students come from all over the world and join together to celebrate each other's cultures.
By Susan Wang, Senior, Guest Contributor