Advisor : Mr. Tim Bennett
SOUTHSIDE STUDENTS PLACE AT REGIONAL FESTIVAL
Southside High School Spanish students received top scores at Saturday's regional foreign language festival held at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
One senior earned first place in two categories and will go on to compete at the state level. Amy Mansfield sang her way to a 97 out of a 100 score possible with her rendition of "Te Mando Flores" made popular by Colombian singer Fonseca. The first place in the talent category is her first effort at competing at the annual festival, which draws area students from Northeast Arkansas. The way, the guitarist and vocalist is getting a bit of a following during Batesville's downtown Walk and Wander when she sings at open mike night at Morningside Coffee.
Amy also received a 97 for extemporaneous reading in Spanish.
A group of students received a 93 for their presentation of a short skit based on the story, "Carta a Dios," or "Letter to God," by Mexican author Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes. Carrying away a first place trophy for the school are Brittney Anderson, Stuart Rush, Dalton Stingley, Casey Chambliss, Kristen Collins, Kim Garrett, Mariah Katiyah and Kayla Mason.
The students will compete at the state level at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on Saturday, March 13. The annual festivals are sponsored by the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association.
"The students worked really hard on the skit and I'm really proud of them," said Spanish teacher Tim Bennett. He added that the students had to put finishing touches on the presentation, which included scenery, costumes, music, and advanced dialogue, rather quickly because of recent snow days.
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