Dishes from around the world

There was a large turn-out at the “International Food Tasting Party,” Saturday in the Student Center Ballroom.

Kishawn Tualaulelei, sophomore of Kaliua Kona, Hawaii, performs a traditional Hawaiian dance. —Photo by Teri Robinson

Kishawn Tualaulelei, sophomore of Kaliua Kona, Hawaii, performs a traditional Hawaiian dance. —Photo by Teri Robinson

Community members, CSC faculty, and students showed up to enjoy the great food and entertainment from all around the world.

A cookbook was handed to each person who attended the event as they entered the ballroom. The cookbook has recipes from Ethiopia, Togo, Russia, Japan, Jamaica, Vietnam, China, Mali, Germany, France, Brazil, and America. The International Club prepared some of the recipes, which started their day off at 7 a.m., Saturday.

The food was served in a buffet style system. After getting plates piled high with food people sat down at round tables to eat.

The entertainment started after everyone had been served and seated.

The MCs of the night, Bethany Bergstrom, freshman of Axtell, and Nabin Shrestha, sophomore of Kathmandu, Nepal, introduced the International Club President, Yanrong Liang, junior of China, who showed videos that previous international students.

Next, the United States National Anthem was sung by Lane Swedberg, junior of North Platte; Zachary Henderson, junior of Douglas, Wyo.; Brendan Mead, senior of Knoxville, Iowa; and Scott Reffert, senior of Omaha.

Analise Garland, freshman of Wall, S.D., performs a traditional Japanese tea making demonstration during the International Food Tasting Party, Saturday in the Student Center Ballroom. —Photo by Teri Robinson

Analise Garland, freshman of Wall, S.D., performs a traditional Japanese tea making demonstration during the International Food Tasting Party, Saturday in the Student Center Ballroom. —Photo by Teri Robinson

A flute and piano duet, performed by Sophia Zhang, freshman of China, on flute, and Pamela Shuler of Chadron, on piano came next.

Twelve international Job Corp students, who are refugees from another country, sang two songs.

Kishawn Tualaulelei, sophomore of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, performed a traditional Hawaiian dance. The dance was beautiful and had the whole crowd captivated. Mercy Gagnon, senior of Togo, Africa, performed a traditional dance with the assistance of Anna Dembele, freshman of Mali.

Jacob Almanrode, junior of Chappell, took the stage next with a piano piece he created himself.

It was very interesting to see the Japanese tea ceremony that was demonstrated by Analise Garland, freshman of Wall, S.D., and Yurika Koga, junior of Japan.

Sofia Trefilova, freshman of Russia, and Maria Evtodieva, freshman of Russia, brought a taste of Russian music to the event, which was sung in their native language.

Mercy Gagnon, senior of Togo, Africa, shakes seasonings onto raw shrimp, Saturday morning in preparation for the ” International Food Tasting Party” had later that evening. —Photo by Ashley Swanson

Mercy Gagnon, senior of Togo, Africa, shakes seasonings onto raw shrimp, Saturday morning in preparation for the ” International Food Tasting Party” had later that evening. —Photo by Ashley Swanson

The last event of the night was calligraphy, a form of art, performed by Heather Ong, freshman of

Singapore, who drew mandarin letters.

“I would like to thank our officers, Doris Liang, Mercy Gagnon, Eunice Songthangtham, Zoe Leishman

and Kelly McNabb, for being team leaders and bringing all the students together,” Michele Rickenback, the International Club sponsor, said. “Everyone did an awesome job organizing, cooking, entertaining, and cleaning.  It’s a big event and hard work, but as always, they provided a fantastic meal and program.  Too, the club would like to thank everyone involved.  Without the help of so many volunteers and campus staff this event would not be possible.”

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