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Richards Jr. H. S. Students Celebrate Culture, V.I. History

Students and staff spent the whole day celebrating and gaining knowledge about V.I. culture and history.

Students at the Arthur A. Richards Jr. High School got their turn to put on a cultural show in observance of V.I. History Month on Friday, April 7. The day-long event began with drummers and masqueraders parading through the school’s corridors to the gymnasium, where a short program was held.

The sweet sounds of the steel orchestra filled the gymnasium as students, faculty and staff settled in to enjoy the show. Performers included Cariso singer Cedelle Christopher and her young back-up singers, cheerleaders, Latina dancers and the Sweet Peppa Quelbe Band.

The merengue dance is part of the history of music, dance and entertainment in the Virgin Islands.

Students left the auditorium excited to attend workshops on everything from how to make candies, carve calabash, cook on a coal pot, bee keeping, storytelling, basket weaving, woodworking and how to juice local fruits for a profit.

Later, students showed off cultural wear during a fashion show, and they got involved in conch shell blowing and yard games. The “We Deh Yah” Quadrille Dancers closed out the spectacular celebration.

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