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KHS celebrates Cultural Day

KAGMAN High School celebrates Cultural Day each year not just to learn about the CNMI’s diverse cultures, but also to train students in hosting a large event, KHS principal Leila Staffler said.

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Marianas High School students participate in the KHS Cultural Day celebration.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
The Talofa Dancers.  Contributed photo
Dancers from Marianas High School showcase their talents at KHS.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
About 500 students and community members celebrated Cultural Day at KHS.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

On Thursday, about 500 students and community members participated in this year’s event.

“We are celebrating different cultures — indigenous, pop cultures and subcultures,” Staffler said.

“We are also celebrating the alumni that we have had. Every year, our graduates go out into the community, becoming our next leaders or part of our workforce and try to give back to the community in different ways,” she added.

KHS was established in 2000, and its Cultural Day celebration, which is open to the public, is the largest annual event held by the school, Staffler said. “It is our way for our students to showcase their talents and to celebrate cultures.”

She said preparing for Cultural Day gives students an opportunity to work and collaborate with one another.

“It helps prepare them for life after high school because now they have the competency to host a large event like this,” she added.

Staffler said Cultural Day is a student-run event with a limited budget.

The students have to work with the participating vendors, she added.

“It is our way for our students to help stimulate the economy by bringing people out to make money. It also helps students learn about the different ways to capitalize on an event.”

This year, the Cultural Day organizers led by the KHS Student Council spent about $1,300 on canopies, a bouncy slide, among other things.