Monica Pan '19

Each year, the LIGHTUP Festival in Chapel Hill celebrates the Lantern Festival (the last day of the Lunar New Year) and gives everyone an opportunity to experience Chinese food, calligraphy, a dress-up photo booth, and other traditional arts and crafts. Most importantly, there are lots of indoor and outdoor performances, including bands, Peking Opera, and dance battles.

I have participated in these performances with my dance crews since freshman year; however, this year as a senior, my LIGHTUP memory has to include my Saint Mary's K-pop Girls. After putting all of our pieces together and making as much time as possible for practice in just two weeks, we finally created a 15-minute K-pop Mashup for the audience.

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Mia Gerdts '19

In early February, a group of students and I returned from the Dominican Republic, where we spent a long weekend learning about different organizations and improving our leadership skills. We visited Dream Project, an organization that works with children and women to help give equal educational opportunities, where we were able to participate in an activity with a group of girls from a local school about equality.

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Anna Church '21, Chloe Shen '21, Aniver Smith '21, Alex West '21

Recycling is important because it keeps our environment clean and helps with waste. With small changes in our habits around recycling, we can help the world have a better, cleaner tomorrow. Over 800 marine-life species worldwide are affected by debris in the water, and little over 80 percent of that debris is plastic. This is a huge issue that can be easily changed with recycling. Recycling helps to reduce pollution caused by waste, including the greenhouse gases that cause air pollution – meaning there's more CO₂ and other pollutants in the air than oxygen.

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Josie DeRonja '19 and Rim Metina-Belknap '19

On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, we participated in the Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill. High schoolers from all over North Carolina gathered to present research projects that were conducted on various regions of the world. Within each region, projects were done in different languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, and Russian. Our project "Les nouveaux schémas de l'immigration et de la migration au Maghreb requièrent de nouvelles mesures politiques et sociales" was conducted in French and focused on North Africa and the Middle East.

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Ashlee Rasmussen '20 and Julie Zhang '19

February 5, 2019 marked the Lunar New Year and in chapel that day, Ashlee Rasmussen '20 and Julie Zhang '19 spoke about this important holiday celebrated by so many around the world.

Hi I'm Ashlee and I'm Julie and we are here to talk about Lunar New Year! Today, more than 20 percent of the world is going to celebrate the most important holiday in China - Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year typically begins with the new moon that occurs between the end of January and the end of February, and it lasts about 15 days until the full moon arrives with the Lanterns Festival. There are specific activities and traditions for each day. The year 2019 is the year of the pig. If you are born this year, then your zodiac is the pig. There are 12 zodiac animals, and the pig is the twelfth. According to the myth, the Emperor said the zodiac order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. The pig was late because he overslept.

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