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March 6, 2007 > A Vietnamese New Year

A Vietnamese New Year

Logan High Students mark festivities with first place

Sunday, February 18th, 2007, marked the beginning of the Vietnamese New Year - Year of the Boar. It's truly a day of festivities and luck. In Downtown San Jose, hundreds of organizations and groups prepared themselves to parade down Market St., a one mile course. The VSF Organization was holding its 10th annual Vietnamese Spring Festival & Parade! Approximately 60,000 spectators attended the festival & parade while many photographers and video cameras lined the street.

The James Logan High School Vietnamese Student Association took part in the parade for their fifth year. They wore beautiful costumes including strapless tops with themed necklaces and highlander-inspired skirts as they danced their way down Market Street! Amazing the audience with their special talents, they danced with props including wooden baskets with flowers inside, authentic bamboo sticks and petal flowers. Since January, they have been practicing every week for this important day.

The festival and the association's involvement is designed to promote Vietnamese culture within the Vietnamese community and allow others to understand and appreciate their rich heritage. At the same time, Logan VSA competes with hundreds of other dance and costume units. As Logan VSA dancers arrived at the judging area, their effort and hard practice were put to the test. And...it all paid off. It was announced that the James Logan VSA had won first place for the fifth consecutive year! All the participants were ecstatic beyond belief! The beginning of the Vietnamese New Year started off better than expected for the James Logan VSA.

Parade participants included President Jackelyn Ho, Vice President Jennifer Hoang, Treasurer Leah Acosta, Secretary Wendy Ly, Publicity Officer Linda Nguyen, Janelle Cruz, Bao Lin Diep, Tina Hoang, Hieu Tran, Long Tran, Pauline Ly, Pamela Ly, John Luu, Cu Duong, Michael Hoang and Susan Huynh.

Congratulations to the James Logan Vietnamese Student Association! This is just one more accomplishment for the Logan VSA in the 2006-2007 school year. In October 2006, the Logan VSA participated in the Mid-Autumn Festival at Yerba Buena High School. Approximately 15 other VSA's competed against them in the category of Dance, Song and Skit. Using the same theme shown in the New Year's Parade, the Logan VSA took home 2nd place and $150. In December, Logan VSA members participated in a charity event, fundraising for a young, unfortunate boy in Vietnam with a back malformation. They raised $500 which was donated to the charity organization, Aid to Children Without Parents (ACWP). As a result, ACWP will be traveling to Vietnam this summer to supply the young boy with corrective surgery.

On April 27th, 2007, Logan VSA will be holding their first ever cultural show at the James Logan High School Little Theatre. Their show will also be promoting Vietnamese culture by acting out a romantic, dramatic and comedic Vietnamese legend. The James Logan High School Vietnamese Student Association's goal is to bring the community together by teaching others about their culture through performances and charity events. They hope that through their efforts, others will understand a beautiful people...the Vietnamese.

For more information about this group or about the upcoming show, please e-mail Jackelyn Ho at: jackelynho@yahoo.com.


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