HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Chiara Rapacci, a 17-year-old junior at Baraga Excessive College received this yr’s Parade of Nations emblem contest. Her design would be the official emblem of the Parade of Nations, printed on t-shirts, flyers and different supplies.
MTU’s Parade of Nations says it is extremely acceptable that Rapacci received. It is because the Parade of Nations celebrates multiculturalism within the Keweenaw.
Rapacci is an change scholar from Italy, sponsored by Worldwide Cultural Trade Providers (ICES), a nonprofit worldwide highschool scholar change program.
Rapacci’s emblem illustrates this yr’s theme: “The World is One.”
“I am so excited,” stated Rapacci, who simply realized her emblem received. She created the brand in a graphic design class taught by Viktoria Klein. Various Klein’s college students submitted logos to the competition.
Gina and Irv Smith of Baraga hosted Rapacci.
“She’s very artistic,” stated Gina Smith. “Mockingly although, Rapacci initially needed to drop out of the graphic design class, however she stayed and actually loved it.”
“I’ve all the time liked to attract, however it was all the time in pencil,” stated Rapacci. “I’ve by no means finished something like this.”
Rapacci is loving her change yr within the US
“It’s very completely different from Italy,” she stated. “The individuals are so good. Everyone seems to be prepared to assist.”
She additionally loves American meals. Her favorites? Tacos and hen alfredo. She taught the Smiths to name noodles “pasta.”
“Once we go to a grocery retailer, she heads straight for the pasta aisle,” Gina Smith stated. “She may wander up and down that aisle without end.”
Chiara desires to return again to america for school, and he or she desires to dwell right here sometime. She went fishing with the Smiths for the primary time in her life and says she adored it.
“I like my household right here, and I like being surrounded by nature,” Rapacci stated.
The Smiths have liked internet hosting Chiara.
“She’s superior, all the time smiling,” Gina stated. “She likes to tease my 10-year-old, and he or she retains us laughing.”
“What a pleasure it has been studying about Chiara’s tradition and the variations between america and Italy,” stated Gina Smith. “My nice grandfather got here to the US from Italy in 1912 on the age of 13. Figuring out that made it much more attention-grabbing to study the variations via Chiara’s eyes.”
This yr – the Parade of Nations takes place on Sept. 17. Worldwide meals returns this yr as properly. The worldwide scholar organizations will supply the delicacies of their nations.
Meals shall be accessible for take-out on the Dee Stadium.
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