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12/16/2016 2:54:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Hmong College Prep Academy Celebrates World Culture Day

By Dave Bonko

The sights and sounds of Hmong College Prep Academy's 2016 World Culture Day.
Hmong College Prep Academy, a St. Paul-based K-12 charter school that provides Twin City students with a rigorous college prep curriculum, recently held their annual World Culture Day celebration--a morning of traditional and contemporary cultural music and dance.

"World Culture Day is always an event we look forward to at Hmong College Prep Academy," stated Superintendent Dr. Christianna Hang. "Our staff feels it is important to know your own culture but also experience the traditions of others. This helps our students gain a global perspective as to how they fit in the world."

This year, World Culture Day featured 19 acts composed of HCPA students and staff. Performances ranged from traditional Hmong, Karen and Chinese folk songs to break and folk dancing demonstrations. The celebration also featured an international fashion show, school band performance (which opened the event with a stirring rendition of Sib Pab Ciaj Vaj) and a lunchtime performance by a music combo of HCPA teachers.

The surprise highlight of the day came when legendary Laotian performing artist Blong Xiong visited the school and performed a short set for staff and students.

"Blong's performance was a wonderful addition to this year's event," added Dr. Hang. "Everyone had a great time."

Since its inception, Hmong College Prep Academy has been providing its students with a well-rounded education in an environment that features individualized programs and small class sizes. For more information or to take a tour, interested parties can call 651-209-8002 or on the web at www.hcpak12.org.

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