As it has in years past, the 38th annual World Language Festival unites students from around the world, learning about different cultures and languages.
In Volusia County, Florida, students from Spanish, French, Japanese, and Latin classes participated. Among those present were students who have grown up speaking a language other than English. All the students participated in a Japanese Culture Experience and a mini Olympika from among the 25 events offered.
“We have our best students and our best teachers here today,” Astrid Augat, president of the Volusia County Foreign Language Association told the participants at the opening ceremony.
Students are excited that Japanese is offered at Mainland High School.
“I love it. It’s amazing and the Japanese culture is so fascinating,” said Jared Johnson, 16. “Their culture is based on respect, kindness and politeness. They’re brought up as not a me, me, me.”