2017-04-05 / Front Page

Archbishop Molloy High School Celebrates Diversity With International Day

Students, teachers and parents enjoyed food from around the globe. They are seen here tasting food from Holland.

Students, teachers and parents enjoyed food from around the globe. They are seen here tasting food from Holland. Students, families and alumni gathered at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, on March 11 to celebrate the school’s 36th annual International Day. The long-running event is inspired by the wide range of ethnicities inherent in the students and families of Molloy and throughout New York City. Borough President Melinda Katz was in attendance for the festivities and presented President Richard Karsten and Principal Darius Penikas with a Proclamation acknowledging that International Day  “Gives the community the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the Borough of Queens, ‘The World’s Borough,’ which is home to residents from over 120 countries.”

Katz also congratulated Molloy on 125 years of excellence in education. “It is a privilege to celebrate our diversity with the Molloy community, which mirrors that of Queens. Molloy is and will continue to be an important foundation in our borough,” she said.

The junior and senior chorus opened up the show with a spirited Ragtime set. The Indian, Borough President Melinda Katz came to celebrate multicultural Queens at Archbishop Molloy.


Borough President Melinda Katz came to celebrate multicultural Queens at Archbishop Molloy. Spanish, Asian, and Dance clubs then provided culturally-themed music and dance routines, while the Dance Team and boys and girls Step Teams added a bit of American flare.

Students and their families served homemade dishes representing authentic global cuisine. Hungry visitors could sample small bites of open-faced Czech sandwiches, Greek koulourakia, smoked cheeses from Holland, Dominican fried sweet potatoes, Japanese sushi, and Italian meatballs, or indulge in larger entrees such as Latin American inspired empanadas, Spanish arroz con pollo, or French crepes. The Filipino food table was arguably the most popular during the event. This is where alumnus Herbert Leona, Class of 2011, and his family carved and served up healthy portions of their whole coal fire cooked pig.

“It is wonderful to have our students and their families proudly participate and share their cultures and traditions. Clearly, Molloy is a place where everyone is welcome,” said president Karsten applauded the enthusiasm shown by the school community in support of International Day.

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