Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Grabs World Cultural Fair Explores Planet's Variety

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Grabs World Cultural Fair Explores Planet's Variety

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer

Egyptian bread-and-butter pudding, good old American hot dogs, and cactus-and-corn tortillas, a traditional dish of the Yaqui Indians.

Sputnik, a guillotine and a roller-coaster ride.

Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr. and Galileo.

All the world -- its diverse cultures, inventions and minds -- was represented Thursday in Orange Park High School's cafetorium for anyone who came through the doors to see. During the school's annual multicultural fair, students shared with each other and the community their individual heritages and others they learned about in class.

Some students created meals from other countries, others built miniature versions of major inventions. Still others did displays on important people and their contributions to society.

A student and her mother, Natalie and Linda Newsome, performed a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Other students took to the stage to perform music or dance numbers from their native countries, wearing traditional dress.

And a group of female students strutted their stuff on stage in a futuristic fashion show that was the brainchild of a cultural microcosm all Orange Park High's own -- two Argentinian sisters, Yanina and Daniela Castillo, who moved here a few months ago and speak little English, and a third student, Kelly Comesana, from Cuba.

"These outfits and the performances . . . are like windows into the worlds of other cultures. We get a glimpse of their country and the different way they do things," said Jason Lynch, one of two emcees for the entertainment part of the fair.

Orange Park High itself "is composed of all kinds of people and various cultures," said Temma Harris, the other emcee.

For students, participating in the fair gave them a chance to share those cultures with classmates. …

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