CAHS Language Students Travel to Puerto Rico
by Makisha Maile
The Caribbean Cultural Exchange Group, which consists of C.A.H.S and the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Foreign Language Department students,
traveled to Toa Alta, Puerto Rico on Feb. 9-13. The purpose of the trip was to promote the exchange of Caribbean culture and unity among foreign language students in the Virgin Islands and the students in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. The purpose was also to form stronger ties of friendship through recognition of our culture, to identify our commonalities and to promote an appreciation of our different customs. The group consisted of 25 students and five adults. The students also gave two performances for the community on February.10 at the Nicholas Sevilla High School and at the Maso Rivera Theater .
The presentation consisted of the following: cultural dances, poetry recitations, interpretations of classic Puerto Rico poems, original poems by Virgin Islanders, presentation of works of art of V.I. painter Camille Pissarro and the original works of an I.E.K.H.S. student.
After the school performance students were paired with one another to share each others dances, art, music ,and poetry. The trip also included visits to
places of interest.
The project was funded in part by a grant from the Virgin Islands Council of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Parents, students, and sponsors also made this project possible.
Black History Program at Charlotte Amalie High School
by Jonelle Isaac
Although we at Charlotte Amalie High School celebrate our heritage all
year round, we do several special things during the month of February,
which is set aside in honor of our black heritage.
For the past several years, the C.A.H.S. family has participated in what we call a cultural dress up day.
On Thursday, February 17th, 2000, students, faculty, and staff celebrated Black history month by dressing like African Kings and Queens. Students were given the opportunity to dress in many varieties of African attire, and some students were given the opportunity to explain their attire to their classmates. Students who wore African garments exuded that extra air of beauty and pride.
Later at 2:30 p.m., an assembly was held in the C.A.H.S Auditorium in honor of black history. The program entitled, "Cultural Expressions," was hosted by Mr. Lesmore Howard and Mrs. Erma Skelton. The program gave us an
opportunity to learn more about our heritage, as well as to simply enjoy the
works of black artists.
The small entrance fee collected at the door was awarded to students who correctly answered questions about black history.
Some of the most impressive items on the program were the C.A.H.S choir
with their fantastic rendition of the Black National Anthem, a musical
selection done by teachers of the music department and hall monitor, Mr.
Canton, and the modeling of African attire by students and staff.
Overall, the program was very educational and enjoyable. We would like to thank the Black Heritage Committee for putting together a wonderful program that enlightened students and reminded us all at C.A.H.S of our African descent, and the accomplishments of Black people.
Cheetah's 1st Annual Black History Month Track Meet
The Cheetahs, Charlotte Amalie High Schools team track, sponsored a
track meet on Feb, 19, at 9:00 a.m. at the C.A.H.S. track. The event was
held to commemorate Black History Month, as well as honor Mario Thomas,
former C.A.H.S track coach. Mr. Thomas, who also helped as a timer and
impromptu coach, was presented with a plaque for his dedication to track and
field in the community for many years.
Albert Huggins, Mariani DeJesus, and Kady Joseph of the Cheetahs continue to improve their previous times. Kevin Maynard who just began
running competitively surprised the crowd with his speed. Runners from
Tortola competed against St. Thomas and also made a good showing.
The scores from the meet:
Ludance Smith (BVI) 4:51
Mariani DeJesus 4:55
Dwayne Allen 5:00
Albert Huggins 10:08
Liston Fontaine 11:1
Kishon Herbert 11:2
Kemarsha Ryan 12:30
Corine Hutchinson 12:81
Jedai Richardson 13:1
Dwayne Thomas 3:47:73
Gabriel Dore 4:04
Kay Louis 4:43
Kady Joseph 4:50
Albert Huggins 22:74
Gabriel Dore 24:06
Kishon Herbert 25:00
Kady Joseph 25:07
Jackeal King (BVI) 26:00
Amberly Crabber (BVI) 27:45
Kevin Maynard 2:15
Mariani DeJesus 2:16
Dwayne Allen 2:22
Ludance Smith (BVI) 52:53
William Archer (BVI) 55:00
Kevin Maynard 55:41
Kady Joseph 1:01
Kamarsha Ryan 1:05.
Amberly Crabbe 1:08
CAHS NEWS — FEB. 24
CAHS Language Students Travel to Puerto Rico
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