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SIA Wraps Up International Cultural Celebration with Flavorful Fare and Friendly Competition



Today marked the grand finale of Stepping Stone International Academy's (SIA) three-day International Cultural Celebration. With hearts brimming with excitement and plates filled with flavors from around the globe, students and faculty came together for the much-anticipated culminating event: the International Cookfest.


The program commenced with a short but meaningful devotion led by Teacher Jewel, who imparted a valuable message emphasizing that regardless of our color, race, or religion, we can always turn to God for guidance and assistance.




As the cookfest progressed, each team delved into the challenge of crafting flavorful dishes that represents their respective continents. From peeling carrots to slicing mangoes, and from boiling water to frying shrimp, the basketball court buzzed with activity as teams poured their efforts into their dishes.


After three hours of intense preparation, the teams proudly presented their culinary creations:


  • Team South America offered a mouthwatering Brazilian barbeque paired with fried shrimp and a vegetarian salad complemented by a refreshing Brazilian lemonade.

  • Team North America served up juicy hamburgers, flavorful tacos, and a delectable guacamole dip.

  • Team Australia offered a savory Australian meat pie with homemade buns.

  • Team Asia presented a local dish of Bai Cha (Cambodian Fried Rice) and Korean's Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes).

  • Team Antarctica served up a refreshing treat with shaved ice milk paired with an ice cold chocolate drink.

  • Team Africa showcased the continent's rich flavors with Jollof Rice, Injera accompanied by fresh sliced fruits, and African Lemonade.

  • Team Europe impressed with a feast of Bruschetta, Caprese, Carbonara with steak, and a decadent Chocolate Fondue.



The judges faced a difficult decision, reflecting on the exceptional quality of each dish. Following the tasting, the school community gathered for a potluck lunch, fostering a sense of unity through shared meals.


As the program drew to a close, participants eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners across various events of the International Cultural Celebration. The results reflected the spirit of friendly competition and cultural appreciation that characterized the entire celebration:


Winners' Chart:

EVENT

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Egg Hunt

Antarctica and Australia

Europe

North America

International Fashion Show

Africa and Europe

North America

Antarctica

Booth & Presentation

Africa

Europe

Antarctica

International Performance

Antarctica

Africa

Europe

International Trivia Quiz

Africa

North America

Europe

All Around SIA Adventure!

Europe

Asia

North America

Hide And Seek

Antarctica

South America and Australia

Africa

International Cookfest

Africa

Europe

South America

The event culminated with the announcement of the overall winners. Notably, Team Australia, led by James Kang, landed in 7th place, with Team Asia, led by Junior Radaniva, following in 6th. Team Africa, led by Ray Lee, unexpectedly fell to 5th place, while Team South America, led by Maneasha Suong, held onto 4th. Finally, the moment arrived to crown the overall champions of the International Cultural Celebration where Team Europe, led by Daniel Bae, emerged triumphant, earning the first place, while Team Antarctica, led by Paul Kim, secured a commendable second place. Team North America, led by Roshan Gatmen, rounded out the top three, reflecting the spirit of friendly competition and unity that defined the event.



The success of this year's International Cultural Celebration underscores SIA's commitment to fostering an inclusive and culturally rich learning environment, where students are encouraged to embrace diversity and celebrate global heritage. Until next year's celebration, the memories of this vibrant event will continue to inspire and unite the SIA community in the spirit of friendship and cultural appreciation.

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