MCI students share their experiences and observations about going to school here and living on the MCI campus.
By Ange Ariella Mugisha ’20
After years without one, we finally had a Homecoming Dance again this year, and it will be one of the best memories that I will keep with me after my years at MCI. It was a great occasion to catch up with friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time, and also a great place to make new friends from all over the world. From the music and the people’s outfits to the snacks offered, everything was great! It reminded me of days back home. I will have a lot of memories from that night but the best moment was when we got to play music from our home countries and share some of our moves. This experience proved how our school is diverse and open to discovering new cultures. My friends and I went on the dance floor and everyone joined us. It made me feel like I was home, if only for the length of the song. Everyone was dancing to all types of music, whether it was familiar to them or not. I can’t imagine a better way to end Homecoming Weekend than by spending the night on the dance floor.
Cultural Heritage Day
By Bao “Bob” Duy Huynh ’19
Cultural Heritage Day at Maine Central Institute is a celebration of the diversity of the community. In October, we recognized students and staff members representing 27 different countries.
Everything was prepared carefully the night before, and as soon as the bell for the last period rang, all the students enthusiastically gathered at Parks Gym. After everyone was seated, two representatives, Inna from Russia and Ariella from Rwanda, introduced the start of the celebration. A marvelous performance by MCI’s Bossov Ballet Theatre followed. It was so beautiful and amazing that it captivated the audience’s attention and received an overwhelming applause.
Ariella then proceeded to announce the 27 countries one by one. As each was called, one representative walked proudly in step to their national anthem towards their flag. Everyone applauded overwhelmingly as each flag was unfurled illustriously upon the walls of Parks Gym. It was a display of pride not only for the ones who represented their countries, but also for the whole school where such grand diversity is celebrated. The atmosphere was filled with happiness, pride, and appreciation.
The wonderfulness did not end once all the flags were unfurled. A piano and violin duet by two seniors, Connie and Michael, was performed - a beautiful piece from their home country Macau (China). Not to be outdone, Aaron Tian (also from China) sang and played an amazing guitar piece with every pair of eyes in the audience set upon him. It was a silent and peaceful moment, and the delightful song marked the end of the celebration.