by Anne Donofrio-Holter
September 12, 2013 • 406 views
El Monte High School Team
The El Monte High School Spirit Team has returned from a week-long trip to China where they were guests of the Chinese educational system.
“El Monte High School has hosted several Chinese schools over the years and as a result one Chinese group enjoyed the cheer and song performance so much that our team was invited to visit and perform in China,” said then Principal Keith Richardson.
El Monte High School Assistant Principal Joseph Vu accompanied the team as they performed at five Chinese schools in Beijing and Tianjin teaching the students various cheers and other routines.
“Teaching the Chinese students cheers was a lot of fun,” said one student. “They caught on very quickly and seemed to have fun with us.”
While in China, the students learned how to make dumplings at a restaurant, attended a Chinese language class and visited historic sites including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
The students stayed with oil executive families and felt truly pampered by their host families.
“To truly understand Mainland China and its people, it’s imperative that one visit the country,” said Richardson. “It’s a nation rich in many cultures, with warm, friendly and inviting people eager to share their lives with you.”
“We all loved our visit to China and wish everyone could experience the country’s hospitality,” said another student.
“The team was very proud to represent the El Monte Union High School District in China,” added Richardson. “And the students returned with memories they will cherish for a lifetime.”