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Celebrating Diversity

More than 10 years ago, the Valley Forge Military Academy acknowledged the growing enrollment of international students by declaring a day in Spring semester as International Day. The goal of the activity was to introduce domestic students to the cultures, history, and traditions (especially food) of each nation. From a few international displays to twenty- two (22) in 2013, the event has become an anticipated date on the calendar and is celebrated campus wide with external audiences now invited to participate.The planning for the event starts in early January with a faculty moderator of a cade- led committee. In the spirit of the Olympics, each international group is vying for the gold. A team of judges evaluates each country’s display and samples the magnificent cuisine. Awards for first, second, and third place based upon originality, creativity, and authenticity of the national traditions are given. Native costumes are worn and guests are invited by the students to visit each exhibit and ask questions. Many of the exhibits are interactive, play native music, and provide samples of national industry.The highlight of the day is a cadet-sponsored talent show where the spirit of inclusiveness prevails.Valley Forge Military Academy and College celebrates diversity, tolerance, and understanding.