Spin a globe and point to a place. There’s a good chance that the dot on the globe, or a nearby area, has a connection to at least one Campbell High School student.
In a school where more than six languages are spoken on a single sports team and students excel in an International Baccalaureate magnet program, Campbell students do not always need to flip through a textbook to learn about other cultures. They can simply turn to their classmates.
Each year, Campbell students come together to learn from each other during the school’s annual International Festival.
Representing their own culture and cultures around the world, Campbell students recently paraded around the school’s new Ed-SPLOST-funded gym wearing sarees, kimonos, and African American attire from different decades. The students carried the flags of countries near and far. Some students dressed in festive Mardi Gras outfits and tossed beads into the stands.
Unlike in past years when the International Festival was broken in two parts, the school’s new gym allowed for all Campbell students to come together for the school’s 26th International Festival.
“We learned about all the different cultures that we have around our school,” explained Campbell senior Brisa.
Brisa and other Campbell students, wearing traditional colorful quinceañera dresses, flowed across the new gym floor, like princesses at a ball. Students rolled out a red carpet for their classmates who walked the runway wearing fashions from around Africa.
The students also teamed up for cultural performances including the Spanish song “Culpables,” which was presented as a duet and had students waving their phones in praise. Campbell students also demonstrated Latin and Hispanic dances, as well as, K-Pop Korean dances.
In a presentation that left her fellow Campbell students in awe, junior McKenzie sang a powerful Italian Aria.
Watching students like McKenzie perform and seeing fellow students wearing traditional garb from other cultures didn’t just teach the Campbell students about cultures from around the world, it also taught them about each other. The International Festival may have shown the Campbell students a side of their classmates that they hadn’t seen by simply walking the hallways. They learned about the individual students that make up one of the largest high schools in the Cobb County School District.
“We had all different cultures coming together to share what makes them unique,” said ninth-grade science teacher Rudolph Armocida. “Students tend to stick to their own group. So, sharing cultures and showing what makes us unique helps to bring us together and build community in our school.”