At the end of the programs competitions were held with the contestants telling their names and ages then adding information about family and/or pets.
Several members spoke up about the experience.
“I liked it. I learned a lot,” said Brianna Hons.
Cloey Hons put the fun aspect first. “It was fun and I liked it. I want to learn more.”
“I felt really good about it. I want to learn more, too,” said Daniel Cuevas.
Crystal Amoles expressed the concern she had at first. “I didn’t think I would really learn it, but I did.”
More than 70 members participated in the programs during the summer with 15 finalists selected to compete for top honors. They were judged by members of the community with a knowledge of each language.
In Spanish, judge Mackey Alvarez awarded prizes in the following categories:
Cubs - Jose Campos, first place; Brianna Hons, second; Christian Garza, place; Angel Chavarria and C’Kyra Shropshire, finalists.
Tigers - Daniel Cuevas, first; Jordan Gonzalez, second; Jo-Leeza Morin, third; Cloey Hons and Nickolas Ortiz, finalists.
Lions - Trae Proctor, first; Tiffany Cortinas, second; Jon Lopez, third; Summer Morin and Lamar Perttula, finalists.
In sign language, judge Julie Edlin selected recipients in the following categories:
Cubs - Brianna Hons, first; Kailee Kelley, second; Stephanie Guajardo, third; Christian Garza and Kaiden Kelley, finalists.
Tiger and Lion Girls - Ashlyn Dobson, first place; Cloey Hons, second; Jordan Gonzalez, third; Crystal Amoles and Emily Martinez, finalists.
Tiger and Lion Boys - David Zuniga, first place; Daniel Cuevas, second; Devin Smith, third; Jared Zuniga and Nickolas Ortiz, finalists.