World Language Week returned with food this year


Samantha Rock

Irish potato candy and potato skins were among the treats served on the first day of World Language Week.

Laura Wallon, Staff writer

Archbishop Carroll students celebrated World Language Week the week of March 14. During the annual event, students who take language classes completed group projects to demonstrate knowledge about countries throughout the world. Additionally, morning prayer is offered in a language other than English each day.

The projects include public speaking, digital compositions, tri-fold posters, and food preparation. Food returned as a part of World Language Week this year after a hiatus brought on by measures taken to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

The food was served to students and teachers in the world language classrooms — rather than in the gym, which is how it was served prior to the COVID-19 outbreak — on Monday, March 14.  The other parts of the projects were presented to students in the gym on Wednesday, March 16.

Senior Jasmine Nguyen said World Language Week allowed her to expand her knowledge on other cultures.

“Even though I am a senior and did not have to do the project this year, it’s nice and nostalgic to see underclassmen carry their projects in,” Nguyen said. “It was also nice to hear the prayer be read in different languages for the week.”

Sophomore Lisa Wallon had Japan for her country and said she enjoyed doing the project.

“Most of the time projects really aren’t that fun but this one in particular always feels like it’s more than just a grade,” Wallon said. “I get to try new foods and be exposed to different cultures.”

Senior Lauren Spratt, who takes Honors Spanish IV, said that this last project was nostalgic for her.

“I’ve done this project four years in a row and though it’s a lot of work, it’s sad that it’s my last one,” Spratt said. “Doing this project has encouraged me to seek out other cultures as I further my academic career.”