Heritage Night officially canceled


Annie Nguyen

Heritage Night usually sells about 500 to 700 tickets a year.

One of the most profitable events of the year is now officially canceled. Heritage Night, an annual tradition that showcases the different ethnic talents of AHS students, especially those from the ESOL department, did not have a sponsor this year willing to organize the event.

“I am very disappointed that we had to cancel it,” Principal Vincent Randazzo said. “There was no one willing to sponsor it.”

ESOL teacher Georgiana Tomisato, the usual sponsor of the event, is set to retire this year and says that it is too much work to organize Heritage Night as well as her retirement. Another factor of canceling the event is the disadvantage of not having theater arts teacher George Bennett at school, since he had heart surgery over winter break and has been out for several months. Bennett usually helps with the more technical aspects of Heritage Night, which is a major part of putting on the show.

However, despite Heritage Night’s cancellation, the Thespian Honor Society is interested in putting on a talent show around the time when Heritage Night was supposed to take place. This talent show is still in the works and is still in the process of being approved.

“We want every event to be at its best when we put it on,” Randazzo said. “We do have a sponsor for next year, but I’m disappointed that we had to cancel it this year.”