Spanish culture in New York City

Photo submitted to Times Observer Pictured in the photo, in no particular order, are: Cara Anderson; Scarlett Archer; Mariesa Clarke; Holly Drozdiel; Kelsey Fadale; Madison Gray; Hailey Jenkins; Lydia Latimer; Anastasia Light; Maribeth Miller; Katie Moore; Aubrianna Navaroli; Meghan Peterson; Trinity Pojar; Iris Roberts; Jessica Susz; Owen Balas; Joshua Chimenti; Colin Ely; Devon Moore; Cade Poston; Storm Sivak; Scott Stewart; Hayden Turner; and Nicodemus Zock.

Warren Area High School students learning Spanish spent two days last month in New York City.

Students spent from Friday to Sunday, March 27 to 29, in New York City as part of a Spanish Club educational trip that took them through various experiences; parts of the city that exposed them to Spanish language and culture in real-world settings, said WAHS Spanish teacher Jewel Rozanski. She and WAHS Spanish teacher Gladys Archer chaperoned the weekend.

“It was not a shopping trip — it was action-packed, very educational and geared around Latin/Spanish culture,” said Rozanski, adding that multiple experiences were packed into the two-day excursion.

“Students were greeted by a bilingual tour guide upon arrival at their first stop,” said Rozanski, which was the American Museum of Natural History. Students toured exhibits focusing on Mexican and Central American, as well as South American, cultures. The group then proceeded to Medieval Times for dinner.

The following day, students toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the highlights including an ancient Egyptian tomb as well as several works by Goya, Picasso, Valequez, and El Greco. There was also an entire exhibit dedicated to 18th century Mexican painting, said Rozanski.

Following the museum, students went to Taller Latino, in Spanish Harlem, where “students were taught the Puerto Rican dance the Bomba.”

Rozanski said, after that, the group proceeded to the Rockafeller Center for lunch, followed by a quick tour of Fifth Avenue.

“Dinner was at Havana Central and included empanadas, rice, beans, churros, and more.”

Salsa lessons followed, near the Empire State Building, at the studio of Joey Corsica.

Sunday provided an opportunity for students to visit lower Manhattan to walk the High Line, “an old railway that was made into a park and walkway,” Rozanski said.

They also visited the World Trade Center memorials and the One World Observatory, “where we could see 360-degree views of the entire city,” she added.

Lunch on Sunday was in the Winter Garden, which was destroyed on 9/11 and later rebuilt, said Rozanski.

“We also go to see the Oculus, which is a multi-billion dollar new transportation hub that was built in the World Trade Center area after the attacks.”

Students then visited historical sites like Alexander Hamilton’s grave, Wall Street, “and other places in the financial district before boarding our bus to come home.”

“It was a great time,” said Rozanski.

Students attending the trip included: Cara Anderson; Scarlett Archer; Mariesa Clarke; Holly Drozdiel; Kelsey Fadale; Madison Gray; Hailey Jenkins; Lydia Latimer; Anastasia Light; Maribeth Miller; Katie Moore; Aubrianna Navaroli; Meghan Peterson; Trinity Pojar; Iris Roberts; Jessica Susz; Owen Balas; Joshua Chimenti; Colin Ely; Devon Moore; Cade Poston; Storm Sivak; Scott Stewart; Hayden Turner; and Nicodemus Zock.

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