Visiting a High School

Last week was English week at the high school where my friend teaches. We were invited to judge the singing and dancing competitions. It was a really fun afternoon and we saw a lot of amazing students!

The first event was a modeling event, something I hadn’t seen at the school before. The students were doing it for the experience and there was no judging. I was surprised to see more boys than girls participating, and the boys got a lot of cheers, more than the girls!

Joel was asked to sing a song, so they brought him up next. It was really fun to see the enthusiastic response from the students!

The singing competition was next and soon got under way. I was supposed to be paying attention and rating the students on a number of aspects of their performances, so I didn’t take many photos or videos. Here is just a little bit of a couple singers I liked.

In the middle of the singing competition they took a break to watch a performance of a dance group that was really excellent.

Then, it was back to finish the singing competition.

The final thing was the dance competition. I was very impressed and really enjoyed watching the dancers, and I did take a bit of video of each group. The students has obviously worked very hard on their performances! The group at the end of the video was the winner.

This was only one of the things that happened this day, my birthday. When I returned home my cycling partner had arrived. I had to dash off to art class though so conversation waited until I returned home again. I also had a lot of phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages. How wonderful to have so many people think of me on my birthday! And if all this wasn’t enough, I checked my bank account and my social security money had arrived early.

There will be a lot more about my cycling partner and our upcoming travel plans, so I will be writing more about that soon.



About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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18 Responses to Visiting a High School

  1. Great blog, thanks for the videos!


  2. oldsalt1942 says:

    What a GREAT afternoon! I loved the dancers and loved the way the kids got into Joel’s song.


  3. Kris

    First. Thanks for sharing your valuable time with our young people at the school. That is what I meant when I posted on several blogs about that will be good and beauty that expats can give in return to the community. Panama wants to become a bilingual country having English as a second language and we need some help. We have very little bilingual teachers available in the country and English speaking expats could do a lot by participating in this kind of activities that the schools has. Sharing experiencies and your knowledge of the English language with the kids.

    Finally as you have experienced how good and great was sharing that afternoon in this activity with the kids. They loved it and you have some fun looking those young men and women trying to do their best…. I do still have hope with this young boys and girls. It is our responsibility as adults give them guidance to become good people and citizens.


    • I really like the young people here and it’s a pleasure to spend time with them. You’d be surprised how many speak excellent English. Maybe TV helps along with their classes. There is a lot of hope for the young boys and girls! They have good hearts as well as good brains.


  4. Kris, it sounds like you had a great day! And, I can’t wait to hear more about your bike trip!


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  6. Wow..what a great experience you have shared. A lot of talent in that room.


  7. joeltc1 says:

    Reblogged this on FindingMySelfinPanama and commented:
    Panama has talent!


  8. Sunni Morris says:


    Happy belated birthday. Mine was the 20th.


  9. Anonymous says:

    This was like traveling via my iPad while sitting in my recliner. (The tropical scenes and lifestyles take me back home. ) Knowing where and how other people live makes it easier to love each other because you can’t love who you don’t know. Kris, you are doing your little bit for love in the world


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