Italian Language and Culture Day 2016: "C'era una volta..."

A representative from each of the trophy-winning schools, with the panel of judges, as well as Elisa Coccia and Lawrence Inserra.

By Mary Ann Re, Director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America

Italian Language and Culture Day 2016--"C'era una volta..../Once Upon a Time...." at Montclair State University. Yesterday, over 250 students and their teachers participated in this exuberant showcase-competition, an annual signature collaboration between ITANJ (The Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey) and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. Students at the middle school and high school levels performed their original skits--in Italian--for one another and delighted guests--complete with charming and elaborate costumes and scenery. Congratulations to our 250+ participating students and teachers—You were all phenomenal! Bravi! (View more photos and here.) You can view the ILCD 2016 program here.

It was a truly difficult and unenviable choice, but our trophy winners were:

Middle Schools Skit Title
First Place: Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School
“Una famiglia in crisi”
Second Place: Frelinghuysen Middle School
“Le avventure di Pinocchio e Pinocchietta”
Third Place: Central Middle School “La storia vera di Cappucetto Rosso”

High Schools Skit Title
First Place: James Caldwell High School
“La Cenerentola moderna”
Second Place: Hawthorne High School
“Arlecchino e lo scandalo salato”
Third Place: Cliffside Park High School “La Banca d’America”

Student Choice Awards Skit Title
Best Props and Costumes: Elizabeth High School Upper Academy 
“Il mostro di Venezia”
Best Overall Performance: James Caldwell High School                  
“La Cenerentola moderna”

On behalf of the Coccia Institute and ITANJ (The Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey), our sincere thanks to our distinguished panel of judges and our generous sponsors (Coccia Foundation, UNICO National and West Essex UNICO Foundation, NJ Italian Heritage Commission and Ferrero USA, Inc.).  

A special word of thanks to Dean Friedman who delivered greetings on behalf of CHSS, to Prof. Marisa Trubiano for highlighting some of the unique and impressive offerings of the Italian program, and to Prof. Gina Miele, some of whose students had volunteered along with our Amici Club members to serve as “Student Ambassadors” during yesterday’s exuberant event!

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