SCL International Festival Celebrates Diversity

Published Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:00am


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SCL International Festival Celebrates Diversity

April 28, 2015, West St. Paul, Minnesota
To celebrate St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12’s diversity and to enrich cultural awareness, SCL hosted an international festival on Thursday, April 23 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. in the SCL commons and auditorium. All students, faculty, and staff attended and were given passports to stamp at one of the 16 country stations represented. Student and faculty organizers created booths and decorations and offered food samples, cultural information, and games for participants.

“We celebrate our diverse student body each year with either a larger scale event like the international festival or a smaller scale performance day during alternate years,” said Ric Gibson, principal of the high school. “Combined with our rich student mentor program for new international students, these festivities help to unite the students, faculty, and staff of SCL and open the doors to a world of new tastes, traditions, and fun.”

St. Croix Lutheran's 491 students include 117 international students from 15 countries on five continents worldwide (USA, Australia, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Vietnam, St. Lucia, St. Maartens, Thailand, and Vietnam).

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Mexican students offer spicy candy and refreshing deserts.

Chinese and American students play a Chinese version of piñata.

Students enjoy a good laugh during a popular Indian game.

About St. Croix Lutheran

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 is a private Christian middle school and high school located in West St. Paul, MN.  Established in 1958, the school offers a full rang e of academic courses in English, mathematics, the sciences, business life skills, religion, the fine arts, world languages, social studies, and physical education. Accelerated and advanced placement courses are offered to ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education. 95% of SCL graduates pursue additional education at the university or college level after graduation. The school offers 23 interscholastic sports as a member of the Tri Metro Conference. In addition to athletics, students have opportunities to participate in drama, music, and leadership programs. SCL’s new on-site 152-bed dormitory is scheduled to open in May 2015.

Wade Guerin, Class of 2007, University of Wisconsin River Falls
" The success I had at St. Croix carried over into college, and for that, I am very grateful. "
- Wade '07