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Youngstown Rayen Early College to celebrate third annual Multicultural Quinceañera

To emphasize diversity, the celebration is not limited to Hispanic students.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Rayen Early College High School will present an Enchanted Forest Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 16) at its third annual YREC Multicultural Quinceañera.

The formal event will be in the Politis Auditorium at the former Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane.

“Quinceañera celebrates a girl's 15th birthday,” Marines Ramos, YREC’s Spanish teacher, said in a news release. “It is the coming of age, when a young girl becomes a young woman. It has its cultural roots in Mesoamerica, and primarily the Aztecs started the first celebration.”

It’s celebrated today throughout the Americas.

“At Youngstown Rayen Early College, we emphasize diversity, therefore our celebration is not limited to the Hispanic population in the school but to any of our young ladies that want to have the first-hand Latino experience of quinceañera,” Ramos said.

The school began its quinceañera celebrations in 2017. 

 “It has been a wonderful experience where our students, parents, staff and members of the community have come together to celebrate our students and life,” Ramos said. “It has been a magnificent experience, and we expect our third year to be a blast.”

The evening includes food and music.Tickets are $25 per person and are available from Ramos at the school, 20 W. Wood St.