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Dragon Dance at West Springfield

Officials from the Wei Hwa Chinese School celebrate the move of the school to West Springfield High School on January 22. From left: Parent Ken Concannon, Dr. Wenling Hsieh Lin, of the Association of Chinese Schools; Kerry Liou, of the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office; Marty Martin, CEO of the University of North America, he is also a school parent; Sheree Tasai, principal of the school; Jeffrey Wang, Director, and Jeff Liu, Executive Officer of the Consular Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and Jason Tsai, a school volunteer and parent.

Officials from the Wei Hwa Chinese School celebrate the move of the school to West Springfield High School on January 22. From left: Parent Ken Concannon, Dr. Wenling Hsieh Lin, of the Association of Chinese Schools; Kerry Liou, of the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office; Marty Martin, CEO of the University of North America, he is also a school parent; Sheree Tasai, principal of the school; Jeffrey Wang, Director, and Jeff Liu, Executive Officer of the Consular Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and Jason Tsai, a school volunteer and parent. Photo by Deb Cobb.

— On Sunday, Jan. 22, the parents, students and educators of Wei Hwa Chinese School celebrated their opening at West Springfield High School. The school moves from its previous location at Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus. With more than 270 students, the school offers a variety of mandarin language classes and cultural classes for students, including new conversational classes for adults in the community. The celebration occurred on Lunar New Year’s Eve, and included a dragon dance by the school community. For more information about the school, go to their website: www.weihwa.org

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Sky Concannon of Burke prepares to do a dragon dance at the opening of the Wei Hwa Chinese School at West Springfield High School on Jan. 22.

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Michelle Wang, a student at Wei Hwa Chinese School, leads the dragon dance with her dragon puppet on Jan. 22 at the school ribbon-cutting ceremony at West Springfield High School.