Adams State and El Parnaso host the 73rd Annual Pan American Day

(04-17-2012)

By: Mariah Pepe

It is time to celebrate the Spanish language and heritage at Adams State. Pan American Day, sponsored by the area of Languages and El Parnaso Spanish Club is inviting high schools to engage in Hispanic cultural competitions and celebrations on campus.

On April 19, seven local high schools will come to Adams State to compete in the academic and cultural events. The celebration will begin with a welcoming speech at 8:30 A.M. in Carson Auditorium.

There will be spelling, grammar, oral interpretation, speech, and Knowledge Bowl competitions from 9 A.M. until noon. At 1 P.M., song, skit, dance, and media competitions will proceed. These competitions will have participants ranging from first year language students to native speakers. Faculty, staff, community, and El Parnaso members, as well as Adams State Spanish students, will judge and facilitate the competitions.

Adams State faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the afternoon’s cultural events, as well as a presentation by Adams State’s salsa team and Semillas de la Tierra at 1:30 P.M. There will also be an art display in the Student Union Building’s Mall Court from 9 A.M. until noon, and it will feature pieces produced by high school students.

The day will close with an awards ceremony, when a travelling trophy will be given to the school with the most points. In addition to prizes for those placing first, second, and third in each competition, there will also be two $600 scholarships awarded to senior students with the most points. These scholarships will be given to students attending Adams State the following year.

The event began as a way to honor the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of Don Quixote. This writer from the Golden Age wrote the first modern Spanish novel. “His death was in late April, so we see it as an opportunity to celebrate the academic and cultural aspects of our Hispanic heritage every year,” said Dr. Eva Reyes-Solis.