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West Orange High School Spanish Club Holds Annual Spanish Night Event

Tinkas Urkupina performs "El Tinku." Credits: Cynthia Cummihg
WOHS Student Anthony Marquez, right, dances "El Tondero" with partner Jennifer Chavez. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Pictured from left to right: Assistant Superintendent Donna Rando; World Languages Supervisor Laura Arredondo; WOHS Principal Hayden Moore; Board Member Laura Lab; Board Vice President Michelle Casalino; West Orange Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodrigue; Assistant Principal Lou DellaPia; and Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Peruvian recording artist Lula Valdivia. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The diverse student population at West Orange was represented on May 1 at the annual Spanish Night sponsored by the Spanish Club including Spanish Club Officers Brianna Jones, Jason Munoz, Brian Crann, Steffania Leon, Flor Godoy and Christina McDonald. Spanish Club Advisor Susan Leon Guerrero and World Languages Supervisor Laura Arredondo welcomed guests including Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, Assistant Superintendent Donna Rando, Board of Education Vice-President Michelle Casalino, Board member Laura Lab, WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, Assistant Principal Lou Della Pia, and Rodolfo Rodriguez, recently appointed Deputy Mayor of West Orange. Monies raised will provide scholarships to graduating seniors and go towards ongoing Spanish Club presentations.

Professional dancers and singers graced the stage alongside West Orange High School students with acts in both English and Spanish. In addition to traditional Peruvian and Bolivian dishes like Lomo Saltado and Tres Leches pudding served up by Sodexo, the school district’s food service provider,

Anthony Marquez, a student at West Orange High School who also dances professionally performed traditional Peruvian dances, “El Tondero” and La Marinera Nortena,” with his partner Jennifer Chavez.

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Tinkas Urkupina, a professional dance troupe, performed “El Tinku” a lively-costumed madrigal Peruvian dance. Peruvian recording artist Lula Valdivia sung several “Canciones andinas,” and Andean songs, engaging the crowd.

According to a school representative, WOHS student Divya Anand rendered a haunting version of the Peruvian classic “El Condor Pasa.”

“Our students are so talented,” said Casalino. “They always work so hard to do well academically and it’s wonderful to see the results of their efforts in the incredible presentations we saw tonight.”

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