Joliet Central High School freshman Giovanni Alvarado recently brought cultural relevance to his classmates through a unique lesson focusing on the study of Asian cultures and the Chinese New Year.
Students enrolled in French 1 classes at Joliet Central gained a unique perspective on the topic as Alvarado performed Japanese Koto music, while providing a history of the Koto’s origin. The Koto is a large, wooden instrument that has 13 strings and is a popular element of traditional Japanese music.
The lesson was also presented to members of the JCHS French Club. “We are so excited that Giovanni shared his talents and great knowledge with us, said Joliet Central High School French Teacher Yvonne Yelnick-Pickett. “Giovanni is an incredibly talented and mature young man.”
To further explore cultural diversity and appreciation, students from Joliet Central and West High Schools will attend GlobalFest at Normal Community West High School on March 9. At GlobalFest, Alvarado will perform to an audience of over 800 students.
Yelnick-Pickett strives to celebrate the diversity among students at Joliet Central High School.