Diversity Festival Sponsored by the Spring Grove Area High School Student Council
March 14th - 5:30-8:30 pm Spring Grove Area High School SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Main Street Visit the cultural displays to learn more about different cultures, community resources, and taste FREE food samples.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Rohrbaugh Family Auditorium Keynote Speaker: Mr. Adnan Pasic & Cultural Performances from SGASD Students and Local Organizations
Diversity: Embrace it, Share it, Celebrate it.
2019 Diversity Festival Cultural Performances Program Keynote Speaker: Mr. Adnan Pasic YWCA Yorkâ€™s Temple Guard Drill Team with Mike Smith, Director Spring Grove Area Third & Fourth Grades General Music Classes with Savannah Cole, Director Spring Grove Area High School Dance Team with Amanda Grant, Advisor and Choreographer Johnny Crescendo Disability Rights Singer Songwriter Dazzling Gems Dance Company from The York Area Repertoire of Dance with Charlee Zamudio-Fidler, Director and Choreographer White Rose Polka Dancers Association with Dave and Anne Loeffler, Co-presidents ExtravaDance with Kacie Lovelace, Director and Choreographer The Sunshine Dance Club with Yijin Wert, Instructor and Choreographer REACH! USA with Jason Reed, Founder and Executive Director Spring Grove Area Choral Department including: - Spring Grove Area Intermediate Chorus with Mr. William Robinson, Director - Orion: Spring Grove Area Middle School Chorus with Mr. Daniel Fake, Director - Expressions: Spring Grove Area High School Chorus with Ms. Abigail Kirkpatrick, Director
A very special thank you to the following organizations for their generosity: SGAHS Student Council Weis Markets
To All Those Who
Helped, Donated, Gave Ideas, Gave Time, Encouraged, & Attended,
Our Deepest Appreciation!
About the Keynote Speaker Mr. Adnan Pasic
Adnan Pasic was born in 1987 in the former country of Yugoslavia. He spent the first few years of his life with his parents Nihad and Azra, brother, Edin, and extended family in the country now known as Bosnia-Herzegovina, until the war broke out in 1992. Pasic’s family fled the country and resided in Berlin, Germany as war refugees from 1993-1999 in German government housing. His family was unable to secure a visa to remain in Berlin, therefore they applied for a refugee visa in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Australia was the first country to respond with their acceptance, but Pasic’s extended family had received acceptance in the United States. The entire family wanted to stay together, if possible. Eventually, Pasic’s immediate family was accepted into the United States. Sponsored by a local Lancaster church, St. Leo’s, his family now called Lancaster, Pennsylvania home. Pasic was enrolled in the sixth grade in the Hempfield School District and placed in an ESL program that was fairly new to the district. In 2005, Pasic’s senior year of high school, he was welcomed into CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program). This program supported Pasic in his enrollment in the Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus. During his four years spent at the University, Pasic earned degrees in German Business and Economics. Following graduation, Pasic secured a credit analyst position at Integrity Bank, a local bank based out of Camp Hill, PA. While with Integrity Bank, he learned the foundations of commercial lending that would help to propel his career into the banking industry and also earned his MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Pasic has served as a successful commercial lender at Union Community Bank and People’s Bank. Most recently, he has taken on the role of VP & Sr. Commercial Loan Officer/Lancaster Market Executive with ACNB Bank. He resides in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, with his wife, Abby and 1-year old son, Ben.
About the Performers YWCA York Temple Guard Drill Team YWCA York’s Temple Guard Drill Team is a youth mentoring program based on discipline and focus that trains youth living in the city of York (grades K-12) in military-style boot camp marching and dance to the accompaniment of a heart-pounding drum corps. Through Temple Guard participation, youth are provided mentorship, lives are enriched by teaching respect for one another, academic achievement is promoted, and strong leaders are built. The team has won several competition awards, plus the Creative York Big Idea award in 2017. Spring Grove Area Third & Fourth Grades General Music Classes This group of singers includes students from the elementary schools: Spring Grove, New Salem, and Paradise . Spring Grove Area High School Dance Team Spring Grove Area High School Dance Team is a club open to all high school students regardless of dance experience. These dancers share their love of dance through various school performances throughout the year. Continued on back page.
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Johnny Crescendo Alan Holdsworth, also known as Johnny Crescendo, is a Disability Rights singer songwriter in the U.K. and the U.S. who has traveled around the world educating audiences about Disability Rights. He is working to make a positive difference in the lives of disabled people, especially through eradicating disability stigma in education. More information can be found at www.DisabilityEqualityEducation.org where there are also free lesson plans, resources, and trainings offered to educators of K-12 students and those at the college level. Dazzling Gems Dance Company from The York Area Repertoire of Dance Dazzling Gems Dance Company is a children’s performance group from The York Area Repertoire of Dance in Spring Grove. The group performs at community events, nursing homes, and competitions. Members have performed at Disney and parades in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Washington D.C. White Rose Polka Dancers Association The White Rose is a group of social dancers who enjoy dancing polka. The group dances on the first Saturday of each month (October - June) at the Alert Fire Hall in Emigsville, PA. All are welcome to come and the enjoy dancing. ExtravaDance ExtravaDance is a premier dance studio offering multiple dance levels and styles. ExtravaStar Company is the performing dance team representing ExtravaDance Studio in Spring Grove. The ExtravaStar members range in age from 6-18 years old. The dance faculty continues to excel with award-winning choreography. The Sunshine Dance Club The Sunshine Dance Club was established in 2007 by Yijin Wert with a mission to promote the richness of Chinese cultural heritage through the art of Chinese dance. The group meets in Harrisburg, PA. To request a performance, please contact Yijin at Sunshinehbgpa@gmail.com. This year’s performance is a classical Chinese dance called “Rain Drops on the Banana Leaves.” Rain and banana trees are the two most common natural landscapes in southern China. Young ladies dance around the trailing banana trees in the melodious rain pursuing the life of happiness and freedom. REACH! USA Jason Reed, a graduate of The Juilliard School where he earned his BFA in Dance, is the founder of the non-profit organization REACH! USA, Inc. Through a variety of programs spread across the Central Pennsylvania region, REACH! USA engages youth in performing arts activities to promote and teach the life skills necessary for success. Students learn to apply the same discipline and work ethic required for dance to their academics, employment, extracurricular activities, and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. For more information, please visit www.reachusainc.org. Spring Grove Area Intermediate Chorus SGI Chorus is comprised of fifth and sixth grade students who express a desire to sing and develop their vocal abilities. Orion: Spring Grove Area Middle School Chorus Orion is a select middle school choir that performs in the community multiple times a year, singing a wide range of genres. Performances this year include Rocky Ridge County Park, Small World, Windy Hill, The Brethren Home, Columbia Cottage, Central Market, and the State Capitol Building. Expressions: Spring Grove Area High School Chorus Expressions is the select vocal group at Spring Grove Area High School that performs at various school and community events throughout the year.