If fun was the goal Thursday, Wilkison and SOW assistant coordinator Suzanne Miller certainly succeeded. Four separate tables were arranged around the Extension Office meeting room, with the five NDHS students operating them. Each station represented a Spanish City.
NDHS senior Lauren Kinker provided information at her table focused on Seville, Spain, while senior Matthew Bailey provided a virtual tour of Toledo, with senior Erin Hoeing concentrating on Barcelona. NDHS juniors Emily Kissel and Hannah Andrews provided attendees to their table with information about Spain’s capital, Madrid.
In addition to maps and general information about each city (climate, size, population, top industries, language, culture, etc.), attendees also sampled a traditional, student-prepared Spanish appetizer – or Tapas – at three of the tables, with Bailey providing a homemade, non-alcoholic sangria.
Each of Thursday’s attendees also received a ‘passport,’ in which each student signed the name of their respective city. SOW members will have those passports on hand for each successive Passport to Health excursion, having them signed at each, making for an imaginary round-the-world chronicle.
Robbins told the Daily News that the participating senior students from Thursday night joined the event as part of a class project. “They’ll be giving these same presentations in class,” she explained, “but they’ll be required to present them in Spanish.”
“My juniors,” she continued, “stepped up and volunteered to participate in tonight’s presentation for two of my seniors who had scheduling conflicts. They’re doing it because they love Spanish.”
For their part, students were enthusiastic about interacting with SOW attendees and talking about their respective cities.
Kinker and Hoeing told the Daily News they intend to study nursing upon graduation. Both agreed that being fluent in Spanish would provide significant advantage in the field. With more Spanish speakers coming into the American healthcare system every day, the need to effectively communicate with them one-on-one could prove critical to providing efficient, successful care.