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SISTER CITY: Projects promote professional development among ETA students

February 27, 2013

Eagle Tech Academy students proposed Spanish-speaking cities to be Columbia City’s sister city. The multimedia presentations were given to a panel of community leaders as a way for students to gain experience in public speaking and professional displays. Pictured is Casandra Workman (left) and Jasmine Hiss giving their lecture on San Felipe de Puerto Plata. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Tech Academy students presented community leaders with their suggestions of a sister city for Columbia City.

Having a sister city would allow Columbia City to partner with a foreign city and glean from its cultural differences and economic strengths as well as learn from its unique way of living. At the same time, Columbia City would be able to offer its knowledge, support and insight.

Displaying a multimedia presentation, students shared common characteristics between Columbia City and their Spanish-speaking city of choice.

“This is a real opportunity for students to learn presentation skills as well as discover other cities,” said Nancy Beyhan, a Spanish teacher at ETA. “I think this allows students to see that there is more to the world than just what they see in Columbia City.”

Groups of three or four students studied cities in South America and pulled together information depicting the cities’ economy, education system, government and industry.

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