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AACC and HLU Club celebration days rescheduled following strike


Due to the Newton Teachers Association (NTA) strike, North’s Asian American Culture Club (AACC) and Hispanics and Latinos Undidos (HLU) Club have rescheduled their club celebration days.

According to English teacher Michele Leong, who advises the AACC club, AACC day has been rescheduled from Thursday, Feb. 1 to Thursday, April 4, with plans to host a variety of speakers and a student panel at the event. 

The HLU club has yet to finalize a date to reschedule HLU day from Jan. 26, according to Spanish teacher Ana Tellado, who advises the club. 

“I’m disappointed we had to reschedule, but our advisers make the club run, and we need to do whatever we can do to support them. Things will get rescheduled, and it will happen eventually,” said sophomore Malia Thompson-Leong, a speaker on this year’s AACC student panel.

AACC Day will highlight an Asian-American shoe brand and a student panel. According to club officer, sophomore, May Bunton.

 “We had other speakers planned but because of the strike unfortunately we need to find new ones,” added Bunton.

This year’s HLU Day is set to feature a bake sale and presentations from guest speakers about Latinos in business and politics, according to sophomore Veronica Schiff, a HLU club officer. Guest speakers at the event will include Albie Alvarez-Cote, the owner of the local business, “Che! Empanada” on Washington St, and Waltham City Councilor Jonathan Paz, who is a Bolivian-American. 

“We are hoping that teachers will include HLU day as part of their curriculum,” said Schiff.

Both clubs have resumed meetings promptly since the end of the strike and are working on more events to come.

“Even though we had to adjust, we are very excited. We will have amazing speakers and panels,” said English teacher Charlene Beh, who advises AACC.

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Maddie Ngo is currently a freshman at Newton North High School. One of her passions is competitive rock climbing, and she represents the Freshman class on Newton North High School's SFA. In her free time, she likes to *try* to learn languages. At the moment, she is learning Spanish and Vietnamese, the latter of which is spoken by much of her extended family. Maddie also enjoys reading and baking with her family and friends. Maddie has two pets, a dog named Izzy and a lizard named Spotsir (because he has spots). Maddie has always loved climbing things, rock climbing just happened to be her parents' way of keeping her out of the neighbors trees. Her favorite subjects in school are Science, English and Spanish. She is looking forward to a great year on Volume 102!
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