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Rodriguez Speaks to International Club

CHS student Ernesto Rodriguez gives a presentation on Cuba to the International Club.

The CHS International Club, along with adviser Stacie Thompson, meets regularly to participate in various multicultural learning activities. Recently the club was excited to have a guest speaker who is a student right here at CHS! Ernesto Rodriguez, who is from Cuba, spoke to the club members and gave a presentation complete with Cuban food samples. Ernesto’s mother Zulema Martin also visited the meeting.

“He showed us the Cuban flag and Cuban cigars and he brought food we could try – coconut and caramel leche and a pastry with jelly in the middle. He even spoke in Spanish during our meeting – he doesn’t know a lot of English yet,” said junior Ashley Gall.

Rodriguez moved to Waxhaw just last August. Earlier this year, he told the International Club, ”I do not speak much English, but I am working hard to learn the language so I can meet more people and learn more about the United States.”

Rodriguez’ presentation inspired conversation among the club members about the differences in Cuban and American life such as income, taxes, health care, climate, and education. They also discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“He also told us about the Cuban Emerald Hummingbird called a zun-zun– a tiny bird only found in Cuba,” said Gall. “It was one of our most interesting presentations of the year.”

The International Club has had speakers from Israel, Italy, and Denmark during this year. They would like to thank Ernesto and his mother for their interesting and informative visit!

Written by: Paula White - Media Specialist
Posted: May 22, 2015 by Paula White

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