How often can you see a group of 30 students belting out the lyrics to “On Wisconsin” while standing in a city square on a statue of Lenin, more than 13,000 kilometers away from the song’s home of Madison, Wisconsin?
Not very often.
But my students in Kurgan decided to do just that as part of an entry in the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Spirit Day competition on April 23. As a graduate of the UW, I got an e-mail about the photo contest the alumni association was hosting and thought it would be fun to get my students involved and show our pride for the state which is home to so many of their friends!
So, to celebrate the years of partnership between Kurgan and the Fox Cities, as well as to show how much we love Wisconsin – even while in the middle of Siberia – we got together a group of students and spent three weeks learning the words to “On, Wisconsin.” The video consists mostly of the practice round held in the school’s auditorium, but the clips from the event in the city square make it great. And it was on Lenin’s birthday, no less.
Watch the video here! On Wisconsin!
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