Celebrating Who We Are
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)
On Friday, November 11th, KICS Student Council hosted its first annual Parade of Nations, a celebration of who we are as an international school. Twenty-four nations are represented at KICS, though the number of cultures at our school is truly countless. Every single person brings their own identity, skills, and potential to KICS. Out of this diversity comes unity under the collective endeavor to impact the world for Christ.
The Parade of Nations is a time when the KICS community comes together to embrace our diversity and celebrate unity under Christ. Students from Pre-Kites up to the senior class, staff, and parents represent our many nations and cultures. This diversity uniquely makes up who we are as a school. The community comes together in an expression of different cultures through traditional dress, a parade of each nation’s flag, and performances highlighting cultural traditions of some of the nations represented at our school.
KICS facilitates the expression and growth of different identities though sports, art, music, and other academic opportunities. We embrace our differences and see them as opportunities to have a greater collective impact on the world. Just as in the body of Christ, every member of the community contributes something different to the body of KICS.
Student council president, Alexis Hixson, explains, “This is the first Parade of Nations ever to occur at KICS, and we plan for many more to occur in the future. There is such a rich environment at KICS that comes from our national identities combined with our collective identity as brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Natalie Shreck, Student Council secretary, adds, “The Parade of Nations is a fun way to show the beauty in each individual country represented at KICS as well as the beauty of coming together to form one community. It’s great to be a part of.”
“Parade of Nations is a celebration of the unique community at KICS made up of so many different nations, and it’s a celebration of the beautiful and intricate pattern that comes together through these differences. It’s an environment in which we learn so much from all the different cultures around us and also become aware of many things we all have in common across borders,” reflects Audrey Muhirwa, Student Council vice-president.
- Article by Alvin Nsengimana – grade 12
- Photos by Tanner Koonce – grade 12 Want to see more photos? Click Here
- “Parade of Nations” logo by Alexis Hixson – grade 12