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Feb 01, 2017

Students Bring French Festivities to Seniors

On December 18, shortly after school, students of the Holmdel High French Honor Society performed, for the first time, a concert at the Meridian Willows Assisted Living Facility. In front of a crowded hall, Tommie Reerink started the afternoon and offered a beautiful rendition of a Chopin piece. Students had prepared a show full of international classics like “Vive le Vent” (Jingle Bells) or “Douce Nuit, Sainte Nuit” (Silent Night), together with newer songs like “le Temps des Cathédrales” from the musical “Notre Dame de Paris” or “Jour 1” from the Canadian singer Coeur de Pirate. At times, Sophia Miskiewicz accompanied some of the songs with her ukulele. At the end, special requests were made and the students gladly switched to traditional English songs.

Following the concert, students distributed to each spectator a delicious slice of typical French brioche and a handmade card prepared by senior Jolie Shave, signed by all students. Conversations ensued and co-president Daniel Gulko had the surprise of meeting a woman resident that remembered, and sang with Madame Cogger, “la Marseillaise,” the French national anthem. Following the concert, students were treated with quiche and drinks generously offered by the Willows. It was a day that everybody will remember and hopefully the start of a new tradition in Holmdel.