We are so proud of announcing that our Turkish Language Class student Sarah Smith is the winner of the 7th Annual Turkish Language Olympiad, organized by Raindrop Foundation, was held at Arena Theater in Houston on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Also our Cooking Class student Maria C. Moya won the bronze medal on cooking category at the olympiads. Over a thousand viewers enjoyed this festive atmosphere where students, parents, teachers and guests enjoyed live performances in different languages including English, Turkish and Spanish. The MC of the program was ABC 13's Miya Shay together with two students, Anthony Beltran and Phillip Munoz who made announcements in Turkish.
The program where students received their awards for their hard work and success in several categories featured singing in English, Turkish and Spanish, poetry recitations, traditional Turkish, Colombian and Chinese dances and talent shows such as cooking.
Like in previous years, this year's event also hosted distinguished guests. Congressmen Al Green and Henry Cuellar, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Texas State representatives Dr. Alma Allen and Gene Wu, Consul General of Turkey Cemalettin Aydin, Houston city council member Mike Laster and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia were in attendance. Congressman Al Green and Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee presented congressional proclamations to Raindrop Foundation for organizing the event that promotes education, culture and living together.
A number of awards were presented to students in several categories and Maria Cardona, Alexis Allen, Dallas Folk Dance Team and Sam Koxyn won the gold medal award in poetry, singing, folk dance and talent categories respectively. For language category, there were three winners, Antonio Beltran, Emmanuel Lopez-Salinas and Phillip Munoz.
(March 25, 2013. Albuquerque, NM)