Higley Unified School District students took top honors at the recent Arizona State University International Language Fair.
More than 2500 students and teachers participated in the 22nd event. Activities included a scavenger hunt, dance demonstrations, dozens of mini lessons in more than 18 languages, language exhibits, entertainment, poster contests, and, of course, the competitions.
Higley High students dominated the competition. The French team won first place in the play category. The Spanish team won first place for improv. The Mandarin team took two first place honors, both in the speech category.
“The ASU Language fair is a great place to demonstrate our skills in a foreign language. Performing a skit in French was a difficult but rewarding and fun challenge,” said Higley French student Ryan Baker.
Cooley Middle School students were the only non-high school students to compete in the event. The Spanish teams took second and third place in the improv category and honorable mention in the prepared Spanish storytelling category.
“This is Cooley’s 6th year competing and once again, we placed!” said Amenda Gamboa, Spanish chair at Cooley.