¡Qué Fabuloso!

Junction City High School Spanish students’ dedication and effort resulted in success at the first annual Spanish Poetry Declamation Contest sponsored by Wichita State University. At the event held on Friday, April 7, students from high schools across the state gathered to perform memorized poetry in Spanish in front of multiple judges throughout three rounds of competition.

Spanish teacher Alicia Goheen said, “Junction City nearly swept the semi-final round, with six of the twelve finalists hailing from JCHS”. Jesiris Burgos, Jasmine Hunt, Luis Marrero, Paloma Picazo, Emilie Rodriguez-Torres, and Angel Vega-Quinones qualified as state finalists. Paloma Picazo earned the 3rd place overall prize of a VISA gift card and trophy.

Goheen said the day was quite an achievement for these Spanish speakers. “Our students exquisitely performed their selected poetry. Their skill at embodying not only the poet’s voice, but also the messages of love, death, grief and triumph within each poem brought to life their performances. Memorizing poetry in English can be difficult, but to do it in another language is quite amazing.”

Students hope to participate next year and continue this year’s success.

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