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Students Celebrate End of Semester, Say Goodbye at Talent Show

It was the most fitting way to end the spring semester. Students and staff members came together Friday evening for two purposes – to attend the bi-annual talent show and to say goodbye to friends before leaving for the United States.

Held at a local cultural foundation, the Spring 2006 talent show displayed the creativity of Umbra students. Acts ranged from Jessica Reed’s performance of La Boheme by Puccini to Nicole Magpayo’s hip-hop dance. The 4th-level Italian course sang and danced to famous Italian songs, Eddie Patzsch played guitar along with the voices of Jennifer Marino San and Greg Amoroso, Patrice Forrester took the stage for a solo performance, Chaedria LaBouvier-Robinson delivered some of her own slam poetry, and Bree Barton led a cast of characters mocking a typical semester of activity in Perugia.

After the performances, students enjoyed one last Italian-style aperitivo. Among glasses of Prosecco, students shared memories, swapped email addresses, and took photos with friends. The following day, many students boarded a bus from Perugia to Rome’s airport while others remained in Europe for more personal excursions.

Thanks to the Spring 2006 students for a wonderful semester at the Umbra Institute! We look forward to seeing you in Perugia soon and often! In bocca al lupo!

In photos: Eddie Patzsch accompanies Greg Amoroso’s Umbra parody to “Time of Your Life”; Jessica Reed performs from Puccini’s LaBoheme; Chaedria LaBouvier-Robinson delivers some powerful slam poetry.

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