Interact Carols for the Holidays


Audrey Weigel

Students competing in the caroling competition.

Melanie Estrada, Staff Writer

Interact is a club known for giving the Gables’ student body countless opportunities to volunteer and engage in their community through the form of service. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, at the Biltmore Hotel, Interact offered their members the chance to participate in a caroling competition. Club members earned community service hours by selling food and beverages throughout the event. The event was open to all members of the Coral Gables community. It was impossible to miss the sight of parents and families gathering to show their support for those participating in the caroling competition.

Students were presented with the opportunity to help their community while spending time with other volunteers and their friends. The purpose of Interact participating in this event was to raise money for different charities.

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“I had an amazing time because I was able to relax and interact with people at this holiday event. I will definitely go again next year.

— sophomore Benjamin Pla

 The Interact board members, senior President Alain Perez, and club sponsor Ms. DePaola planned and coordinated the nights’ event. There was a multitude of schools that were competing, our school’s choir was also involved in the competition. Gables High choir director Mr. Brenes was seen gathering the students to practice one last time before their performance. 

“I personally enjoyed the caroling competition because our choirs practiced a lot until the point of competition and seeing our work pay off and sing in front of an audience feels very heartwarming in my opinion,” junior Denise Cuevas said.

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 The students performing as parents take pictures and videos.

Coral Gables Sr. High had two choir groups present. One performance group, Divisi, representing the high school were, which is a mix of both male and female voices. The other performing choir group was the Women’s Ensemble. The choir students sang a variety of holiday songs together, and both then joined together to sing “Carol of the Bells.” 

“The experiences I’ve had with choir have been amazing. I’ve been able to perform for the public at competitions like Caroling Competition and MPA. I plan to continue being in chorus until I graduate because I love it,”  junior Kerly Soto said.

Interact provided students with the opportunity to participate in any and all sorts of events that will go to better the community of so many of our Cavaliers.  They are constantly finding new and fun activities to give to students so they can meet the required number of community service hours needed to graduate. Interact gives students the opportunity to stay involved outside of school, allowing students to chose what events best fit their schedule. 

If interested in joining interact, as it is never too late to join, stop by Ms.De Paola’s room (2164), to join the change to better our community.