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Students compete in the Chattahoochee Valley Foreign Language Fair at Shaw High School

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Middle School and High School students from all over the area gathered at Shaw High School today for the Chattahoochee Valley Foreign Language Fair, an event celebrating its 35th anniversary.

The students participated in several cultural competitions including, performances, poetry, projects and art, food, spelling, and a world culture bee. Several students even practiced buying and trading goods with Japanese yen.

News Leader 9 spoke with Chaylen Wilson, an 8th grader from Richards Middle School who won first place, along with her partner, for their project on Argentina. She tells us why studying foreign languages is so important to her education.

"I think they're so important, because they give us an opportunity to communicate with other places in the world, such as the countries that are here," Wilson says. "It would give more of a cultural background instead of just looking in a book and learning from there."

The languages represented at the fair today were Spanish, French, German, Latin, Chinese and Japanese.

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