Celebrating our Global Connections

Last Friday evening, the International Gala and Bazaar was a festive finale for a weeklong celebration of our global connections during International Week. As participants took to the stage dancing, singing, and more, students and faculty alike gained a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultures represented in the Foxcroft community — with applause and cheers echoing out of FoxHound Auditorium past the Bazaar tables that filled the first floor of Schoolhouse.
Performances featured an array of languages and styles that highlighted a variety of countries and cultures represented in our community. Songs included “Til the End of the Moon” by Bella F. ’24, “Alfonsina y el mar” by Katarina S. ’26, “En el muelle de San Blas” by Emmy Q. ’24, “On Ira” by Elise L. ’26, and “Ave Maria” by faculty member Dr. Meghen Tuttle.

Dance performances included Rhythm Nation’s choreography to a mix of K-pop songs,” Khujusta N. ’24 and Lema S. ’24 with an Afghan dance in traditional attire, Hailey Y. ’25’s performance to “Pirate,” and a social Latin dance mix by Director of International Student Services Kate Tomaskovic and her dancing partner to close the show. Videos of the performances are available in the attached gallery.

Immediately after the Gala, stations throughout Schoolhouse provided opportunities for deeper learning or to try something new! Always a popular station, the Spicy Food Challenge put even the most diehard spice fanatics to the test with flavors from across the globe while an international snacks and sodas table offered milder sweets at the other end of the hall. Students could test their skills and knowledge with a Mexican Bean Race, a Mancala tournament, a “GeoBee” Kahoot, and an international flag-matching timed activity.

In the Art Room, calligraphy and henna tattoos were popular stops, as well as earring-making and lantern/candle decorating workshops on the second floor of Schoolhouse. There were also presentations by current international students Sandra R. ’26 (from Lithuania) and Elise L. ’26 (from Paraguay) to share more about their native languages and home countries.

Earlier, at Morning Meeting, fashion from across the world was on display at the International Week Fashion Show. Outfits represented eight different countries, including:
  • Mexico — a Huipil, or traditionally indigenous garment worn by women across Central America, and an outfit designed and sewn by the Spanish 4 class that was inspired by Frida Kahlo’s attire. 
  • Ireland — an Irish Dance costume worn for feisanna or Irish Dance competitions.
  • India — a sharara worn during weddings, festivals, and many other celebrations.
  • Spain — a silk shawl known as the Spanish Mantón de Manila.
  • Ethiopia — a chiffon from the ethnic tribe Tigray.
  • Haiti — a traditional handmade denim skirt painted with figures and details in red and blue, the colors of the Haitian flag.
  • Japan — a yukata or casual version of a kimono.
  • Afghanistan — a kamiz (dress), waskat (waistcoat), and shal or chador (head covering).
Many thanks to all who contributed to this weeklong celebration of the diverse cultures in our community. Special shoutouts go to the Global Cultures Club and International Ambassadors; to the performers and behind-the-scenes crew that presented the community with a fantastic Gala; to all the students who helped run Bazaar stations and decorate the Dining Hall; to the family members and Parents’ Association who donated their time or favorite treats to share with the community; to the faculty members who were integral to the planning of the week’s events; to the Dining Hall staff who prepared fantastic and flavorful menus; and to everyone who tried something different this week — be it a new food, dance, or a language — and embraced the unique opportunities to learn more about the international connections woven into the tapestry of the Foxcroft community.
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