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WHS students participate in 10th Annual Dragon Boat Race

On Saturday May 16, four Weddington Chinese language students participated in the 10th annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival races held at Lake Norman.  Sophomores Johnny Pham and Ashton Aldridge and juniors Richard Lowery and Robert McGill joined 16 students from Marvin Ridge High School to make up the UCPS team, ‘Inspiration Nation.’ 

Dragon boat races have a history of over 2,000 years in China as part of a festival honoring the patriotic poet and statesmen, Qu Yuan.  Over 50 teams took part in this year’s event, many from local corporations and some from other states such as Maryland and South Carolina.  

The dragon boat races were part of the larger Asian Festival that included cultural performances, an Asian beauty pageant and booths representing different Asian nations and cultures.

Sophomore Johnny Pham said, “I enjoyed the event very much.  It let me see and explore the Asian culture a lot more.”  

Written by: Shannon Du, Chinese Teacher
Posted: May 31, 2015 by Anna Waldrup

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