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spanish language contest winners
DANIEL BADER

South Milwaukee Middle School is very proud of 8th-grade students Erik, Kathryn, Leilah, and Rebecca, who competed in this year’s event in the Foreign Language at the Elementary School level for the memorized poem, “Fiesta en El Mar” by Andres Diaz Marrero.

The annual Wisconsin State Spanish Pronunciation Contest Championships took place in early March as students from around the Badger State represented their schools and Spanish language programs. 
 
South Milwaukee Middle School is very proud of 8th-grade students Erik, Kathryn, Leilah, and Rebecca, who competed in this year’s event in the Foreign Language at the Elementary School level for the memorized poem, “Fiesta en El Mar” by Andres Diaz Marrero.
 
Leilah was awarded a well-earned and distinguished second-place award, while Erik, Kathryn and Rebecca came away with first-place honors. 
 
 The state contest features students ranging in age from middle school to high school, with native and non-native Spanish-speaking students able to perform via the Zoom conferencing platform in a variety of categories based on their level of Spanish experience. Competitive categories included poetry, both memorized and unmemorized narration, and theatre presentation. 
 
After the students finished and uploaded their Zoom recordings to the appropriate categories, Spanish teachers from around Wisconsin judged the students' efforts, awarding first, second or third-place finishes for level of performance and excellence in the Spanish language.
 
2024 marks the third consecutive year that first-place honors have been earned by South Milwaukee Middle School students.  

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Students in DC
DANIEL BADER

On April 3-6, 2024, Grade 8 students from South Milwaukee Middle School spent three full days in Washington D.C. as part of their educational journey in Social Studies. 
 

On April 3-6, 2024, Grade 8 students from South Milwaukee Middle School spent three full days in Washington D.C. as part of their educational journey in Social Studies. 
 
Traveling to the U.S. capital city on two coach busses, the 89 participating students along with four SMMS staff members and two parent chaperones, stayed at a Holiday Inn location in nearby Maryland and toured Washington with vigor and keen interest. 
 
During the three-day field trip, the students were able to see a healthy variety of historic monuments, landmarks, and museums that represent and/or commemorate important aspects of United States history—including the United States Capitol, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, The Vietnam Wall and The Lincoln Memorial. 
 
In the Social Studies classes of Mr. Chad Enloe and Ms. Alissa Stanley, a follow-up historical assignment was required of all students as they were to develop and present a ten-page slideshow virtual tour of nine historic locations in Washington using the Google Earth computer program.  
 
“I truly believe this trip is the experience of a lifetime for our students,” said D.C. trip coordinator and SMMS Grade 7 Social Studies teacher Brian Gaudio. 
 
“Every year students say they’ve grown up a little as a result of this trip. For many of our students, this is their first time outside of the Milwaukee area, and I enjoy seeing everything fresh through their eyes. They are seeing and experiencing things that every American should experience, and becoming better citizens because of it.”

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