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World Club Salsa Contest

Looking into some history and details about this yearly World Club tradition.
Colorful Salsa Contest poster on the art building with details about the event.

This upcoming Wednesday, Oct. 8, World Club will be hosting a “salsa contest” in Mrs. Banks’ room, room 604 in the first portable just beyond the library. Beyond the Cave investigated some details about the event. 

In the Salsa Contest, contestants will either make a salsa or pay a fee of five dollars per person for entry. Then, the salsa is judged based on several criteria and sorted into categories.

For each category, the judges (which include Summerville teachers and other staff) select a winner, who earns the right to lord over other contestants about their win, if they so choose, as well as a prize. 

Some of the categories in the past have included a general “best” salsa category and a spiciest salsa category. 

Even if not every student in attendance is a contestant themselves, all of the students who go to the contest can try the different salsas, provided they pay the five dollar entrance fee. 

Mrs. Banks, who is the creator of World Club, explained how she got the idea to hold a Salsa Contest.

“My garden being full of tomatoes and peppers, I thought other people’s gardens would be full of tomatoes and peppers too, so I thought ‘Hey! Salsa contest!’”

— Mrs. Banks

She hopes that the posters and this article will spread the word of the salsa contest and more people will participate this year. 

“Other years I’ve had to bring five or six (salsas) because so many other people don’t bring salsa, but this year is gonna be different–I have faith.” 

Senior Kiah Hull, an officer of World Club, described the importance of the Salsa Contest for World Club. 

  She called it, “the big event for World Club. It’s open to members and non-members”.

She also explained that the money earned from the Salsa Contest supports many of World Club’s most important endeavors. 

 “[The money] goes to World Club and we use it to buy things like our snack boxes from different countries and admission to the Celtic Fair in the spring.” 

One student that plans to participate in or attend the salsa contest is Estrella Torres, a junior. She is looking forward to trying each of the salsas. 

“I will definitely be eating every single one,” she claims. 

When asked if she would bring her own salsa, Torres responded that she was unsure. 

“If I have enough time I will.”

Hopefully many students are able to attend the contest this year and there will be a variety of different salsas for everyone to try.

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