Middle school students enjoyed the food, music and culture of Hispanic and Latino countries during a campus-wide Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month celebration on Sept. 15. The festival spread over the middle school courtyard offering stations for cuisine, performances and activities. Students enjoyed colorful arts and crafts, an interactive world map, a chocolate-tasting course, a soccer competition, Samba dancers, street-fair-style food, paletas and traditional music.
At the upper school, students clapped along to the music of Colombian artist AleMor during a special assembly that also featured the RE vocal ensemble on Sept. 26. Alemor performed several of her songs, including Y Qué?, and she took questions on the Lewis Family Auditorium stage from Latin American Student Association President Nohan Gomez '25. She talked about her earliest days in Miami after arriving as an immigrant at age 12. She attended the New World School of the Arts in Miami, and recalled appearing with the school's choir on the same stage in 2006. "I am very proud of being Colombian and having French and Lebanese background," said AleMor, who has twice been nominated for a Latin Grammy. "I'm very proud to be a daughter of the world."
LASA vice president Claudia Colina '25 shared her pride in her Venezuelan heritage. "What makes this month so beautiful is not only celebrating my roots," she said, "but also learning about other countries and their diverse culture."
Upper school students also enjoyed Hispanic/Latino delights during a traditional lunch prepared by chef Alfredo Silva and SAGE Dining.
Faculty members Karina Buhler and Vanessa Lopez organized the event at the middle school.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.