The Hispanic Heritage Festival Adds Flavor to the Fall Semester

Talia Fradkin, Staff Writer

Palm Beach Gardens Campus

Members of the Student Activities Committee, Tyrell Sommons, Stephanie Domond and Jeremy Powell, decorate for the celebration.

Members of the Student Activities Committee, Tyrell Sommons, Stephanie Domond and
Jeremy Powell, decorate for the celebration.

The amphitheater at the Eissey Campus in Palm Beach Gardens was alive with

Hispanic culture during the Hispanic Heritage Festival on October 22, 2014.

Palm Beach State College student, Nikodeme Mentor, looked forward to the

event, stating, “It’s a great way to learn about other cultures.”

 Rafiki Beecher of Student Activities agreed; “This is an annual event we do

to showcase the Hispanic culture and educate our students. We provide a range of

educational experiences, like Hispanic cuisine, dances, and music.”

Members of the Student Activities Committee, Jordany Domond and  Deyanira Franklin volunteer their  time to make the event successful.

Members of the Student Activities
Committee, Jordany Domond and
Deyanira Franklin volunteer their
time to make the event successful.

The much-anticipated event was the result of students willing to work together

and volunteer their time and energy. The Student Activities team worked their magic,

and banners and a colorful piñata added to the ambiance.

Eleena, a student at Palm Beach State, is a fan of Hispanic cuisine and “loved

the diversity” an event like this provided, while fellow students Guerlins Oberson,

Nikodeme Mentor, Mikenson Lebreton and Milidner Majuste arrived early in

anticipation of the entertainment.

TALIA FRACKING Victor Andrew, Suwayne Sewell and John Dorine get ready to  play dominos.

Victor Andrew, Suwayne Sewell
and John Dorine get ready to
play dominos.

Students enjoyed the fiesta while dining on an array of options, including roast

pork, arroz con pollo, black beans, and white or yellow rice. The smell of sweet plantains

filled the air, while students mingled over a cool glass of Tampico, munched on plantain

chips, or danced to vibrant Latin music.

Soccer, or more accurately fùtbol, also played a role. Students had the

opportunity to try their skill and kick a goal. For the more sedate in the group, tables

were set up for competitive games of dominos.

Student Activities Committee members work hard preparing  for the festival.

Student Activities Committee
members work hard preparing
for the festival.

The mouthwatering aroma in the air drew the crowd in, but they left with more

than just a full stomach. For a taste of Hispanic culture as well as food, the event offered

something for everyone. Student Kodey Baker summed it up best when he said, “Viva

la Palm Beach State!”

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Daniel Colson, Secretary of the Spanish Club, joins in the fun at the Hispanic Heritage Festival.