We are thrilled to announce that Naomie Rodriguez, a 2nd Grade student, just won an award for an essay she entered in the Korean Scholarship Essay Contest, hosted each year by the Korean Consulate of New York. Over one thousand primary and secondary school students in the tri-state area submitted essays; Naomie was one of 20 finalists. As a finalist, Naomie will receive a $300 check and certificate at an awards ceremony in Manhattan.
Naomie’s essay, which she wrote during her Korean class, is chock full of impressive information and ideas. What’s most outstanding is her second paragraph, where she describes her love of Korean songs. She sings them at home and even teaches them to her mother!
Congratulations, Naomie! We are all so proud of you!
I learned many things in Korean language class: Korean alphabet, Korean food, Korean songs, Korean books, Korean flag, Korean restaurant trip, Korean clothing, counting numbers in Korean, Korean assembly and Korean puppet show.
The best part of Korean language class was singing songs. I can now sing in Korean and I can teach my mom how to sing these Korean songs. When I was teaching my mom the Korean songs she said it was hard but likes hearing it.
I think it is important to learn about Korean language and culture because we can learn a different language and how to say “thank you,” how to count Korean numbers. This is important because if Korean people ask you something and you don’t know what they are saying, you can’t help them. This is why learning Korean was important to me.