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Cooper Middle Holds International Fest

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Cooper Middle School eighth-graders Tim Welby and Jeff Small, both of McLean.

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(From left): Sampling the dishes are Cooper Middle eighth-graders Andrew Spivey, Shahriar Jahanbani and Bobby Nobakht of Great Falls.

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Vienna residents Shuchi Marwaha in a sari, Shivali Marwaha in a salwar and kurta, and Viji Rudraraju in a sari.

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Marisa Konishi, a Langley High sophomore wearing a yukata, with Charlene Ho, wearing a Chinese formal dress.

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Pallavi Rudraraju, a seventh-grader in a sari, with Divya Tewari, wearing a churidar.

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Tara Hosseini of Iran, a seventh-grader wearing a roosary head scarf.

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Abas Doshireh of Great Falls helps himself to goodies.

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Originally from Kashmir, Mujtaba Mumtaz, a seventh-grader from Kilmer Middle, wearing a Khan dress.

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Xia Cao chooses the ball in a game of International Bingo.

Talk about feasts! It a cornucopia of food during Cooper Middle School’s annual International Festival last Thursday, March 27. With 903 students from 12 nationalities at Cooper, Principal Arlene Randall says: "It’s definitely a whole community activity. It’s incredible; you have Indian, African, Pakistani, and Indian cuisine." In addition to the potluck dinner, the evening included student performances, a scavenger hunt, International Bingo and booth displays. Susan Underhill, Claire Jones and Diane Duffy organized the event with the PTA, ESOL and Foreign Language departments.