Fifteen US students traveled to Orlando this week to compete in the Florida State Spanish Competition, also known as Honrondo Nuestras Raices Culturales. This is the first time Saint Edward's School has had a team at this event. Team Captain Eddie Pines says, "We are having a great time here and we are finishing up our final events and preparing for the banquet tonight. Everyone has worked very hard and prepared very well for the competition, putting us in a good position. Yesterday (Thursday) night we had the individual impromptus, where everyone competed answering individual questions. Today we had the performances from the groups doing skits and one person who sang in the musical portion of the competition, and this afternoon those of us doing poems presented ours. Overall it has been a very exciting and eventful couple of here, and we will have a great time coming back next year." Zayna Shaikh added, “I must admit, it was a bit scary going to this conference, since it’s the first time the school has gone, but it has truly been a great experience! I feel like I improved so much in my Spanish speaking abilities.” Special thanks to Sra. Heard and Mr. Canevari for chaperoning this wonderful opportunity for our students. They include: Imani Williams, Laurel Logeman, Emma Fini, Izzy Jennings, Alexa Soderman, Mei Bao-He, Avery Critchfield, Andrea Pérez González, Neenah Brown, María Searcy, Katie Croom, Chris Powell, Zayna Shaikh, Farzaan Naeem, Karis Crookshank and Team Captain Eddie Pines.