By Sabrina Serna and Ajar Dahal
Every year the Unity Assembly celebrates the different cultures of people at AHS. It consists of a variety of performances such as dancing, singing and playing instruments.
This year’s assembly fell on Nov. 17 and was preceded by a week of spirit days to bring attention to the upcoming assembly. Monday was “What’s In Your Closet Day,” Tuesday was “Diabetes Awareness Day,” where you wear blue to show awareness, Wednesday was “Tacky Golfer Day,” Thursday was “Denim Day,” and Friday was “Rep Your Culture Day.”
AHS has celebrated Unity Week for many years. At this year’s assembly, there were 11 performances representing Hispanic, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai cultures, as well as representatives from the Muslim Student Association (MSA), the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), and the Black Student Union (BSU).
The Unity Assembly holds many different purposes. According to senior April McCarver, a member of the assembly committee, the purpose of Unity Week is to, “acknowledge the different cultures in this school and to celebrate them Not just for myself but to gain new perspective on people’s cultures.”
Leadership teacher Allen Nakamura echoed McCarver’s sentiments. “The purpose of the Unity Assembly is to educate students about the various cultural groups and allowing students to show their talents and culture,” Nakamura said.
Performer senior Aaron Chu represented his Vietnamese culture in a dance. “I’d like the crowd to be entertained but also get a feel for how our dance gets to the traditional side of Vietnamese culture, not just mainstream hip-hop,” Chu said before his dance.
McCarver said that organizers of the assembly find it challenging every year to coordinate all the acts in time for their performances. Still, she said, the assembly offered many high points to the AHS audience.
Senior Alleona Elopre has been performing in the BSU dance since her freshman year. “I think sophomore year unity was the best year because we had Kofman and a lot more dancers,” Elopre said. “I just want everyone to have fun this year because that’s all that really matters to me. Last year there were conflicts and this year there aren’t as many, which is good.”
Chu explained that “The best part is being able to bond with people I’m working and rehearsing with and being able to entertain crowds as one group. During rehearsals, everyday feels like we’re slowly becoming a family.”