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Students at Spring Grove Area High School hold the second annual Diversity Festival

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Spring Grove Area High School brought the community together to highlight the vast ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of its students during the second annual Diversity Festival on Thursday, March 15.

Displays featured maps, cultural items, art and food from countries representing the student body, from Romania to Egypt. Volunteers walked around with trays of food, including meatballs and baklava, for attendees to sample.

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"We have one night were all of our cultures can come together," said senior Vinny Beck, 18.  

The festival included a key-note address by Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, the highest-ranking Asian-American in the U.S. military.

Yuen spoke about growing up in San Francisco and how there was a dividing line in the town where Asians could live.

"Asians could own property anywhere in the city, but could only live in Chinatown," he said.

The festival included performances by groups including York City's SouthSide Steppers, The Little Start Chinese Language School and Folklorico San Jose de Hanover, which performed traditional Aztec dance.

"I think it's a really nice thing; I'm enjoying learning about things and teaching people about my faith and religion," said senior Alaa Abdou, who came to Spring Grove from Egypt by way of Kansas. "Our school has changed a lot, and diversity has grown a lot in our school."

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