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Annual assembly at Springfield High celebrates multitude of cultures

An array of different cultures were celebrated Thursday in the Springfield High School auditorium for the 13th annual multicultural assembly. Student performances included songs from the Springfield High Mariachi band, Mariachi del Sol, a Guatemalan indigenous dance, an African-American step dance, a dance from India and an Isan song performance.

The Springfield High School Choir kicked off the event by singing a Haitian song, and the Sheldon High School Step Team joined to showcase African-American Stepping. Students from the step group introduced their performance with a brief history of the stepping, which they said originated in sororities and fraternities at historically black colleges in the early 1900s.

“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!” was shouted by the group toward the end of their performance, which got a loud cheer from the crowd.

European and German cultures were also represented by Two Rivers Dos Ríos Elementary students who performed the “Chicken Dance,” complete with chicken costumes. Their dance received roaring applause from the crowd.

At the end of the assembly, student performers held flags from countries all over the world and gathered on stage to dance together. A couple of district administrators also joined in, including Principal José da Silva and Elena Espinoza, the multicultural liaison at the high school.

Check out some videos and photos from Thursday’s impressive performances!