CVC Set to Participate in Multi-School Show

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CVC Set to Participate in Multi-School Show

Photographer: Martin Chau

Photographer: Martin Chau

Photographer: Martin Chau

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Clubs are all about bringing people together, and Mt. Pleasant’s own CVC understands this just as well as anyone else. Well known for its Chinese and Vietnamese cultural performances, CVC will be participating in an event hosted by VietAYA, the Viet-American Youth Association, along with numerous other schools in the East Side Union High School District. Just like Mt. Pleasant, schools like Evergreen, Yerba Buena, Santa Teresa, and Silver Creek send their Vietnamese Student Associations to participate in VietAYA’s MAYS, a Mid-Autumn Youth Summit.

MAYS is an annual event for the VSA clubs in the area and each year they prepare a dance, skit, singer, speaker, and small team to compete in the various activities that VietAYA puts together. Each school choreographs either a traditional or modern dance then puts together a group it to perform at the main “Cultural Show” of MAYS. This main event also showcases the student-written and acted skits, the finalists of the event’s speechwriters, and the per-school selected singers that each deliver beautiful renditions of songs in both Vietnamese and English. Before the final “Cultural Show” even gets underway, the morning is used to conduct a series of games designed by the event coordinators to test the teamwork capabilities of each school’s “Olympiad” teams. The teams that compete here can find themselves playing games as silly as racing to make fresh squeezed orange juice to sliding across the floor on a barely adequate number of paper plates, by the end they can always find something to laugh about amidst the energetic and competitive spirits of each team. Newly introduced to MAYS is a “Cultural Pitch Game” in which groups of students from each school will be pitching ideas to the judges in order to compete for funding for use in projects to improve the community in creative and useful ways.

In previous years CVC has had to travel to other schools in order to participate, however, 2018 marks the first year that MAYS will be hosted on Mt. Pleasant’s campus, in the theater no less! The event is November 17, 2018, with events beginning as early as 7:30 am, the main “Cultural Show” starting at 1:00 pm, then concluding by 6:00 pm. Feel free to come by and enjoy the show or simply cheer on your fellow Cardinals!