Adams State College and El Parnaso host 70th Annual Pan American Day

(04-28-2009)

Peruvian Saya includes, left to right, Sierra Grande High School students Amy Garcia, Claudia Molina and Alma Banuelos-Valdez.

Eight San Luis Valley high schools participated in the 70th annual Pan American Day held on the Adams State College April 23. Two 500 dollar scholarships to Adams State went to Julio Duenas, Alamosa High School and Wendy Crowther, Sargent High School.

Sargent High School took first place in overall academic events totals; Alamosa High School came in second, and Sangre de Cristo High School was third. Alamosa High School took first place in overall cultural events totals; Sierra Grande High School came in second, and Antonito High School was third. High School students from Centennial, Del Norte, and Sanford, also competed.

Dr. Edward Crowther, chair of the history, government, philosophy, and Spanish department, welcomed the students and audience members. His remark, "monolingualism is a disease, and it is curable," met with enthusiastic applause.

Pan American Days has been a long time tradition of El Parnaso, one of the oldest clubs on the college campus, to celebrate the Spanish language and heritage. According to Dr. Eva Rayas-Solis, Spanish professor and sponsor of El Parnaso, the event was particularly special, since the El Parnaso is celebrating their 80th anniversary as a campus club.

El Parnaso, originally named Los Voces del Valle, was founded in 1928 by Spanish speaking students on the campus to preserve their language and heritage in an intellectual setting. In 1939 it sponsored the first Pan American Day to stimulate friendship and cooperation in the region and revive the influence of the Spanish culture. Schools throughout Colorado were invited to attend, and delegates from each school were chosen to represent their school in a program. Speakers and dancers were featured and the evening climaxed with a Pan American Ball. By 1960 Spanish education competitions were included at the annual affair, and in 1963, a scholarship program was added.

Competitions included spelling, grammar, oral interpretation, speech, knowledge bowl, art, dance, song, and skit. The following are the results of the competitions.

Spelling I: first place Laureano Hernandez, Sargent High School; second place Saskia Kanzler, Antonito High School; third place Yestli Gutierrez, Sangre de Cristo High School; fourth place Isabel Serna, Sargent High School; fifth place: Diego Pons, Sargent High School.

Spelling II: first place Laura Atehortua, Sangre de Cristo High School; second place Edgar Morales, Antonito High School; third place Marisol Aguilera, Sargent High School; fourth place Cesar Salinas, Antonito High School; fifth place Fabian Bueger, Antonito High School.

Grammar I: first place Maria Gomez, Alamosa High School; second place Laureano Hernandez, Sargent High School; third place Juan Lopez, Sargent High School; fourth place Diego Pons, Sargent High School; fifth place Yestli Gutierrez, Sangre de Cristo High School.

Grammar II: first place Laura Atehortua, Sangre de Cristo High School; second place Camila Cuervo, Sangre de Cristo High School; third place Carlos Hernandez, Sargent High School; fourth place Dulce Aguilar, Sangre de Cristo High School; fifth place Maria Gutierrez, Sangre de Cristo High School.

Speech I: first place Maria Martinez-Lopez, Sargent High School; second place Sofia Griffin, Sargent High School; third place Adriuana Aguilera, Sargent High School; fourth place Janet Aguilar, Alamosa High School; fifth place Laura Heredia, Alamosa High School.

Speech II: first place Carlos Hernandez, Sargent High School; second place Laura Atehortua, Sangre de Cristo High School; third place Katherine Kolb, Sargent High School; fourth place Erick Schnaderbeck, Sargent High School; fifth place Lorenzo Cepeda, Sierra Grande High School.

Speech III: first place Salvador Martinez-Lopez, Sargent High School; second place Ricardo Rodriguez, Alamosa High School; third place Dulce Aguilar, Sangre de Cristo High School; fourth place Adriana Marcos-Domingo, Alamosa High School; fifth place Alma Banuelos, Sierra Grande High School.

Speech IV: first place Julio Duenas, Alamosa High School; second place Camilo Cuervo, Sange de Cristo High School; third place Diego Gil, Alamosa High School; fourth place Edgar Martinez, Sierra Grande High School; fifth place Kayla Lopez, Sierra Grande High School.

Oral Interpretation I: first place Felicia Vigil, Centennial High School; second place Adriana Aguilera, Sargent High School; third place Laura Heredia, Alamosa High School; fourth place Danielle Medina, Alamosa High School; fifth place Jessica Rodriguez, Antonito High School.

Oral Interpretation II: first place Lorenzo Cepeda, Sierra Grande High School; second place Shelby Lowder, Sargent High School; third place Maria Marcos-Domingo, Alamosa High School; fourth place Maddison Miner, Sargent High School; fifth place Vicente Quintana, Centennial High School.

Oral Interpretation III: first place Itzel Armijo, Alamosa High School; second place Wendi Crowther, Sargent High School; third place Judith Zavala, Alamosa High School; fourth place Claudia Molina, Sierra Grande High School; fifth place Alma Banuelos, Sierra Grande High School.

Oral Interpretation IV: first place Diego Gil, Alamosa High School; second place Kayla Lopez, Sierra Grande High School; third place Amy Garcia, Sierra Grande High School; fourth place Christina Ramirez, Sierra Grande High School; fifth place Leticia Dominguez-Nicolas, Alamosa High School.

Knowledge Bowl: first place Alamosa High School; second place Sargent High School; third place Sierra Grande High School.

Art: first place Kevin Mondragon, Sierra Grande High School; second place Jed Smith, Alamosa High School; third place Sergio Fierro, Sierra Grande High School; fourth place Carmen Thong, Alamosa High School and Jordan Magnuson, Sargent High School; fifth place Leonel Sarmiento, Sierra Grande High School.

Song: first place Ricardo Rodriguez, Alamosa High School; second place Los Primos de Chihuaha, Antonito High School; third place Mariachi San Luis, Centennial High School; fourth place Camila Cuervo y Austin, Sangre de Cristo High School; fifth place Yesli Gutierrez, Sangre de Cristo High School.

Dance: first place Peruvian Saya (boys), Sierra Grande High School; second place Antonito Dance Team, Antonito High School; third place Latin Swing, Alamosa High School; Peruvian Saya (girls), Sierra Grande High School; China Peruanas, Sierra Grande High School.

Skit: first place Noche de Pascua, Alamosa High School; second place Centennial High School; third place: Del Norte High School; fourth place Alamosa High School.

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By Linda Relyea