Around the World in Two Days

On April 12-13, the Dunbar Cultural Society presented the annual culture fair in the library.

Dunbar Cultural Society is a club that is open to students of all grades. The organization meets once a month to experience cultures from around the world. Throughout the year, DCS celebrates holidays from across the globe, such as Lunar New Year and Oktoberfest, with crafts, dance and food.

At the end of the year, DCS presents the annual culture fair to all world civilization and AP world history classes; these were the only students permitted to visit the library during this time to learn from peers who gave presentations on nations around the world.

Sophomore Ian McCauley chose to represent Madagascar.

“I’ve always sort of been fascinated with it ever since the movie,” said McCauley. “It’s a really cool tropical place.”

Junior Rohith Kesaraju did his project on Ghana.

“It’s a very unique country… It’s been developing for the past 50 years and it’s really gotten to new heights with its technology,” said Kesaraju. He said he selected Ghana because he “wanted to learn more about Africa and it’s countries.”

DCS members work in teams to create a presentation to educate their fellow students on a country of their choosing. Presentations typically relate different cultural aspects and the history of the country. Some members also elect to take part in artistic performances. This year’s culture fair included an Indian dance, Persian belly dance and a K-Pop medley performance.

Senior Meilin Scanish is an officer for DCS.

“The cultural fair is nice because members of the club get to take two days outside of class. They put together their own board on their own time; it’s all about different countries, and then they teach to the sophomores,” said Scanish.

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  • Senior Spandan Buch is seen dressed in Bollywood style clothing for the dance performed at the cultural fair.

  • Many European and Middle Eastern Countries were on display at this year’s cultural fair. Junior Maddy Jenkins is captured explaining her chosen country, Finland, to Sophomore Jacob Chapman.

  • Sophomore Eleanor Liu performs a traditional Chinese long sleeve dance during the cultural fair on April 12.

  • Juniors Sukruthi Yerramreddy and Ellora Kamineni are captured at the beginning of the Indian Dance that they choreographed and performed during all blocks on April 12 and 13 for the cultural fair.

  • Each Cultural Society member chose a country to present to World Civilization and AP World History students. Junior Maya Anjur displays her country: Switzerland

  • Senior Maddie Carter sang How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s Moana in 10 different languages for her presentation at the Cultural Fair while Senior Meilin Scanish showcased signs showing when Carter changed languages.

  • Juniors Sahar Mohammadzadeh and Laura Radulescu are dressed in clothing representing different cultures.

  • To showcase their talents, cultural society members have the opportunity to hold performances during the cultural fair. Seniors Dennis Mashindi and Hemanth Sontenam perform a Bollywood Dance as their special presentations during the cultural fair.

  • Junior Kelly Chen performs a Peacock Dance originating from china during the cultural fair on April 12.

  • During the cultural fair students were able to sample cuisine from different countries that the Cultural Society members had prepared. The cost of a plate was $0.50.