As a long-standing tradition for over 50 years, Wasatch Academy came together on April 11th to celebrate its diverse community of students. Home to students from 37 different countries this year, the day offered a variety of cultural perspectives from countries including Turkey, Belgium, Switzerland, and Afghanistan to name a few.
To honor the diversity represented on campus, students participated in several different events leading up to the day including an international food court. Students prepared favorite dishes from their country and shared them with many members of the Wasatch Academy community. Dishes in the food court came from several different countries including China, Mexico, France, Vietnam, Japan, Italy, Afghanistan, Ireland, and many more.
Wednesday’s celebrations began with a flag ceremony and a fashion show. The day was brought to life with a medley of traditional acts created and performed by the students. The Tiger’s Den was filled with cheers and whistles for a student tribute to K-Pop led by Hyunsug Lyu after weeks of dedicated practice with seven other student dancers.
Keynote speaker Mickela Mallozzi, a world-renowned dancer and four-time Emmy winner of the hit PBS television series Bare Feet, inspired students to find their voice, their passion, and to never give up on the things they love. Mickela shared how her love of travel and dance led her to create the career of her dreams. “All the experiences that have happened to me were because I could share dance with people, no matter the language barrier,” stated Mickela.
The festivities were concluded with several hands-on cultural activities including henna, origami, traditional calligraphy, and a boy’s soccer game.
International Day is a great representation of the Wasatch Academy global community that is built on kindness, dignity, and respect for all. It is a cherished tradition by all that participate.