For a student who is not enrolled in any Spanish classes, sitting through a meeting with the Spanish Club can be a bit difficult. Fortunately, when Senora Van Hartogh quickly switches between English and Spanish, the members of the club can keep up.
The members of the Spanish Club are students who are currently enrolled in a Spanish class. They work hard in class and also in the club — just ask club president, senior Kaleb Chesnic. They have organized and participated in many events throughout the school year, such as the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, nacho sales during lunches, and fundraising for organizations. (You may have already been a contributor to one of their nacho sales.)
Although when most clubs fundraise, it’s solely for their own benefit, the Spanish club has found other things to do with its earnings. The money from nacho sales this year went to a Haitian fundraiser after the disaster struck in Haiti, while funds from other different activities the club did throughout the year went to buy supplies for Lincoln Park’s Fun Day, as well as to the American Red Cross for Chilean Relief organizations.
While the Spanish Club does work for plenty of other groups, they do have opportunities to benefit themselves. Senior Stephanie Marshall is the Spanish Club’s “personal chef.” Stephanie has graciously given her time to prepare many dishes from countries throughout the Latin world. This year, Stephanie has made things such as provolones de cassia y Carmelo, which is a Cuban cookie with caramel on top; beef empanadas; pastel de choclo; chicken tamales; red beans and rice with spicey chorzio,;and tres leches cake. Some of these delicious treats were also sold to raise money for the club.
As many students probably remember, the Spanish Club sponsored a school-wide celebration of Cinco de Mayo. They had some beautiful decorations adorning the atrium during lunch as well as entertainment. Senior Karmen Simmel and junior Amber Nicole performed the tango, while junior Evan Kremmel and Amber performed the Mexican hat dance, which got some of the students watching involved.
As the year came to an end, the Spanish Club still worked feverishly to plan events. They sold some items at Fun Day, and also welcomed a Peruvian guest to school. And for those students who are particularly Spanish driven, Senora Van Hartogh will be offering a “summer school” program for current Spanish students. There will be fun, food — and lots of Spanish.