Italian Students Show Off Their Skills

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Eighteen Oldfield Middle School students in Dr. Craig Butler and Rosalia Sinatra’s Italian classes, recently participated in Long Island’s 33rd Annual Poetry Competition and Gara di Cucina 2017, also known as the Iron Chef Competition at SUNY Old Westbury College. Hosted by the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), over 200 students from 20 districts competed with three Harborfields students among the winners for either their poetry or Italian dishes.  

Seventh-grader Justin Paredes-Catalan received Honorable Mention for his poetry reading of “I Limoni,” The Lemon Trees by Eugenio Montale. Students were required to memorize and recite an Italian poem of 12-30 lines before a panel of judges and were scored on poise, intonation, pronunciation and interpretation.

In Gara di Cucina 2017, Paredes-Catalan also took second place with his “Vitello Saltimbocca” recipe with special mention of his homemade Tiramisù. He received a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble in which he plans to buy a Latin book to start studying the language.

Eighth-graders Jake Minerva and Juliana Bertolini were both awarded Honorable Mention for their culinary work. Minerva presented his Italian Pastries and Bertolini presented her Nutella Crostata.