Spanish students learn the language of dance |

Spanish students learn the language of dance

Kay Vasilakis

Three years ago Rifle High School Spanish teacher Maria Carrion-Kozak could hardly get any of her students to dance to Latin music. Now the kids personally invite her to bring her CDs to their school dances, and she’s got eight students competing against students from schools in Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming in a Latin dance competition at the Foreign Language Day Competition at UNC. A total of 16 students will be competing in various categories at the competition, to be held in Greeley on April 16.Yessica Quintero, Brittany Dull, Jennifer Hughes, Claudia Santa Cruz, Amber Canard, Betty Jo Gonzales, Amanda Lawrence, Anna Alcorn, Bradie Kozera, Jorge Alvarado, Marcus Carrion-Kozak, Loren Osiecki, Daniel Hough, Todd Stoner, Victor Rung and David Romero will represent Rifle High School in a dance to a Jennifer Lopez musical number. Tryouts and practices were held before spring break, and they will be practicing three to four times per week during lunch until the competition date.”We danced in Spanish class, and it was fun. Going to UNC sounded exciting, too,” said RHS Junior Jenny Hughes.Other competitions the RHS students are participating in are speech, artistic creations, food preparation, soccer, and skits.Jorge Alvarado will perform a native speaker speech; Brenna Mastro and Sarah Smith will present their 60-second Spanish video; Cole Oeltjenbruns and Tamra Hardy will create a piata; Doug Humble will participate in a multi-school soccer match; Josiah Cox and Keri Bornschlegel will compete separately in one-minute speeches; Leslie Simms, Whitney Rogers, Heather Breda, Josh Harrelson and Anna Peterson will perform a skit; Megan McBride will be singing a song from Argentina accompanied by Stuart Stapleton on the piano; Samantha Garard and Sarah Golden will be competing separately in artistic creations; and Sarah Ramsey will whip up a dessert from Spain for the food competition. Assistants are Sharee Gorham and Randee Timmer.The Second Annual Roy Moore Elementary Art Auction, sponsored by Roy Moore Elementary School’s Parent’s Association (RMEPA), is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at the Silt Medical Center. This event is held to raise money for art and cultural awareness programs. Interested businesses and individuals may preview the art and partake in appetizers and drinks at 6 p.m. The auction begins at 7 p.m.-April 9 and 10 are the dates for Riverside’s Talent Show, which is non-judged and just for fun, according to Riverside teacher Mary Kay Richardson. There will be different groups of fourth- through eighth-grade students performing each night. The fund-raiser for the eighth grade banquet will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the school’s small gymnasium. Admission is $5/individual, $20/family of five or more, and homemade desserts are included.

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