Wray High School students participated in the University of Northern Colorado’s
World Language Day on April 16, 2015.
Each year, the university hosts high school foreign language students
from Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming for a day of competitions, workshops,
cultural activities, and exploration of career opportunities for foreign
are many types of competition, ranging from individual speaking competitions
(both prepared and extemporaneous) to group skits, cultural songs and dances,
and dramatic presentations.
Video Commercial Competition is a contest where students work collaboratively
to plan, write, film, edit, and submit an original commercial, all in the
target language. UNC professors then
judge the commercials. The judging
criteria are memorization, pronunciation, dramatic blocking, cultural
relevance, and creativity. The
commercials cannot be based on any existing commercials.
Wray High School submitted five
commercials for the competition, one in German and four in Spanish. All five of the submissions placed, sweeping
the first place positions in the contests entered.
Rebis’s German Club from Wray High School took top honors in the Video Commercial
Competition for German, level 2.
Mr. Harmsen’s 7th hour Spanish 1
class took first place with its commercial, “Ayer de los Muertos.” The 1st hour Spanish 1 class took
third place with its video, “Piñatas de Fiesta.”
Spanish 2 class from 4th hour took first place with its submission,
“Teleportador.” The 2nd hour
Spanish 2 class took second place with “Escuela Tradicional de Arte Español.”
Harmsen won third place with her speech, “Who Am I?” This is a speech competition
for first year Spanish students. Ayde
Morales won second place with her speech for the Heritage Spanish Speakers
Huerta competed in the extemporaneous speaking competition, and Luis Mireles
sang a solo in the individual talent competition. Maryse Schafer took part in the art
piñata submitted by Maryse Schafer, Emily LeFever, Guadalupe Saenz, and
Michelle Moreno won second place in the piñatas competition.
was very proud of our kids,” said Glenn Harmsen, Spanish teacher at Wray High
School. “It was great to see them get
out there and positively represent Wray High School and the community of Wray by being very competitive with the big high schools from
Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. The
only schools that took home more ribbons and trophies in the Spanish
competitions were Holy Family High School and Union Colony Preparatory
School. It is a great opportunity for
our kids to go and see the career opportunities that are available for
bilingual students and to see the important role they will play in the global
politics of the future. In order for the United States to remain a leader on the
global stage it is critical that our young people have the cultural awareness
and knowledge to thrive in a world that just grows smaller and smaller and more
is exciting to see our students do so well in such a competitive atmosphere,”
added Kelley Rebis, German teacher at Wray High School.
Submission by: Mr. Glenn Harmsen