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World Night

Parker Lewis, Staff Reporter

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World Night is an event that is held every year, where many different students from different cultures present themselves and their customs. From all around the world we get to see how ancient and modern traditions are performed. Although there were many more talented students performing in this event, we profiled a few participants from this year.

Cleo Auchincloss

  • Why did you decide to participate in World Night?

“I’m the president of the Japanese Culture Club here at Shorewood and we’ve participated every year and wanted to keep that tradition alive. We kind of changed it because in the years before we were singing, but we decided to mix it up this year because we have a new advisor and everything.”

  • What culture were you representing?

“I was representing Japan.”

  • Why did you perform what you did, and what was it?

“We performed a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, as well as playing the Koto drums which is a traditional Japanese instrument and the Taiko drums which is also a traditional Japanese instrument. As to why we did it, it was a lot of collaboration between the club. Sensei is a part of one of the bands that plays Japanese music so she had all the instruments, and she’s been wanting to do the tea ceremony for a very long time so with the help of our club members we put all of our brains together and came up with a way to combine them all. It was complex organizing the talent show, like, we had modern Japanese which was a masculine and feminine version of cosplay, basically, and traditional fashion which was kimonos.”

  • How do you think it went?

“I think it went pretty cool. I was a little nervous because we were one of the slower, quieter acts at World Night and that can get a little hard with all the really loud energetic acts, but I think it did go over well. Everyone was very respectful of the situation.”

Francesca Juico

  • Why did you decide to participate in World Night?

“I know that especially lately I’ve been really in to cultural things. I’ve always been into cultural things, I’ve always been involved in trying to immerse myself in my culture, and some of the new activities I’m in such as; FYA Drill Team and the Kalahi Dance company has really allowed me to spread my wings so that’s why I decided to participate this year.”

  • What culture were you representing?

“I was representing my strong, rich Filipino culture.”

  • Why did you perform what you did, and what was it?

“My first performance was singing the Filipino national anthem, which was dedicated to my mom. She moved here from the Philippines whens she was about 20, and I don’t speak Tagalli which is our native language ,and I really wanted to show her that I really care about our heritage. The second one was with my drill team, which is more of an advanced smaller team, we’re called the Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team. We love performing, and we really wanted to perform in front of people of went to Shorewood.”

  • How do you think it went?

“I had been sick the week prior, but I think it went exceptionally well, and I think World Night is one of my favorite events here at Shorewood. It’s cool to show the school that I’m a proud Filipino woman, and I really enjoyed it.

Noga Khen

  • Why did you decide to participate in World Night?

“I decided to participate because after seeing it and hearing about it in years prior I thought it would be a cool idea to represent my culture and be able display a part of my culture that isn’t often talked about.”

  • What culture were you representing?

“I was representing Israel.”

  • Why did you perform what you did, and what was it?

“I performed a song about peace, decrying war. I performed it because of all the coverage of war in the region where I come from, I think it’s important that many people who are within my country do believe in the peace process.

  • How do you think it went?

“I think it went pretty good, I wasn’t sure if I did as well as I could, but people kept complimenting me and I’m pretty sure they didn’t realize that I could sing. This was the first time I sang in front of the school, but I was really pleased of how it turned out.”

MyRegsy Mitipok

  • Why did you decide to participate in World Night?

“My friend recommended it. At first I didn’t want to because I’m not that open, but I just decided to do it and try new things.”

  • What culture were you representing?

“I was representing Micronesia.”

  • Why did you perform what you did, and what was it?

“The song that I did is pretty common, it’s used for dance. Some people makeup their own moves to it, some do the ones that are already made.”

  • How do you think it went?

“For a first timer, I think it went pretty well.”

Amy Chertock

  • What made you want to advise World Night?

“About 9 or 10 years ago a student approached me about it. World Night had existed long before I started helping with it, and the previous advisor has done it for many years and was ready to take a break. So, students came and asked me if I would advise. Even though I knew it would be a lot of extra work, I can’t say no to students, and I quickly fell in love with what the event means to the students involved, to the community, and to the school.”

  • What’s the deciding process like? Are there tryouts/cuts?

“We have anyone who’s interested in doing a performance fill out a really simple form and get it to me by a certain deadline. Then we schedule ‘auditions.’ We want it to be a formal chance for them to show their performance at the level it’s at that point, knowing that they’d practice more. It’s really inclusive, it’s very open, we don’t ever say ‘no, you can not,’ but we do call it an audition because we want the best that they’ve got and then take a little bit of perhaps coaching or advice that might help it fit really well with World Night.”

  • What’s the hardest part about producing World Night?

“Probably the challenge is getting all the participants together at one particular time for practices and rehearsals because everyone is committed to so many different activities. It’s just difficult to rehearse together and feel like we’re really smooth and ready to put it all together. People who are involved in World Night also tend to be involved in sports and clubs and activities and they have lunch meetings. World Night isn’t so much of a club as it is a one time event. That’s probably the toughest issue, but besides that it’s really fun.”

The Hip Hop team performs the same routine they took to the WIAA state dance competition.
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