By Simone Archer-Krauss

This past Friday Roosevelt High School concluded their annual Diversity Week celebration with a Diversity Assembly. RHS students were treated to a multitude of performances, each demonstrating a different part of the Roosevelt identity. Some of the highlight performances include the Roosevelt Competition Hip-Hop Dance Team’s electric performance of their competition piece to a compilation of Steve Aoki songs; a traditional Norwegian folk dance, complete with authentic costumes; a sneak peek of the drama department’s winter musical “The Little Mermaid”; and a vibrant display of Latin dances, courtesy of Roosevelt’s La Raza club. Students were in for an extra special surprise when, following the Roosevelt Drumline’s performance, which usually brings the closing of the assembly, Matthew Poon, more widely known as “Yo-yo Guy,” returned to Roosevelt for a special performance. All the performers who participated in the assembly did a wonderful job. For this year’s assembly, ASR decided to focus less on cultural diversity and more on the diversity in our experiences. Nothing displayed that more than the RHS student panel. The panel consisted of a wide range of students from all over the Roosevelt community from John Dale, our resident Sounders Academy player, to Shadrak Musafiri, who has 13 siblings and moved to Seattle from a small town in the Congo. As it is every year, Diversity Week was a success, and the assembly was the perfect culmination, providing a reflection on the theme of the entire week by flipping it inside out. “Zooming in on Diversity” began zooming out.

 

 

Students gather to watch the Diversity Assembly.
Students gather to watch the Diversity Assembly.
Matthew Poon performs at the Diversity Assembly.
Matthew Poon performs at the Diversity Assembly.

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