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Every year, middle and high schools from Colorado compete in the World Affairs Challenge Competition at the University of Denver. This year’s theme is World Hunger. Rifle High School’s International Club will be participating for the first time in this competition on March 8. The title of their presentation is Giving a Face to Hunger. Club members Leidy Ruiz, Esperanza Luna, Emmilou Rose, Yessica Quintero, Daniela Ochoa, Yolanda Vallejo, Denise Espino, Cherie Lyons, Raul Villalobos, Jorge Alvarado, Rodolfo Garcia, Juan Cornejo, Brenda Cruz, and Marcus Carrion are serious about this topic. Intense work-sponsors Kim Goossens, Amy Rose, and Maria Carrion-Kozak have made this possible.Presentations must include a solution to the problem. Carrion-Kozak states, “As a solution for this problem it is our goal to make people in our community think on a regular basis about this problem, and not to forget the faces of the hungry. The International Club is committed to continue working in a soup kitchen in our community, and we will do several presentations at various schools to encourage other students to join us in the fight against hunger.”The International Club is also planning an International Dinner at the Rio Grande Restaurant Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Funds from this dinner will be used for the International Dance on May 3. Tickets are $7.50/adults and $4/children.-Dancers have been selected to compete in the cultural dance category at the Foreign Language Day at UNC in Greeley on April 16. Ana Alcorn, Marcus Carrion, Betty Jo Gonzalez, Vic Rung, Claudia Santa Cruz, Daniel Hough, Amanda Lawrence, Jorge Alvarado, Yessica Quintero, Loren Osiecki, Jenni Hughes, Todd Stoner, Amber Canard, David Romero, Brittany Dull and Bradie Kozera will don colorful Spanish outfits and perform the cha cha cha.-Roy Moore Elementary School students are being encouraged to participate in an activity that corresponds to this World Hunger effort. RMEPA, the school’s parent association, is sponsoring the Read to Feed activity, allowing students to accept pledges from friends and family for reading. This money will be used to purchase an animal for a needy family in a poverty stricken area. The family uses the animal to support itself, selling eggs, goat milk, or wool. If they receive a mating pair, offspring is given to another villager. The RHS hunger strike funds will also be given to this organization.


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