Talia Fradkin, Staff Writer
Palm Beach Gardens Campus
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.”
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.
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.
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!”