Former USSR Heritage

LHS student Ilana Kofman and her family on New Years
Senior Ilana Kofman says she celebrates New Years at the Chez Joseph with her family every year.

Over the years, Western Massachusetts has been a popular spot for many Eastern European immigrants. Most of them came during the fall of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia looking for more freedom and opportunities to prosper. These people have brought many traditions with them, such as “New Years, which is a big tradition. We have a huge party that goes until 3 AM, and that’s when they bring out a Santa Claus”, explains senior Ilana Kofman. Here many families eat out a lot, but sophomore Katarina Boskovic says, “My grandma usually makes our meals, so we don’t go out to eat a lot since we always have home-cooked meals. My family eats together every night, it’s like a little get together for us to spend a little time together before we return to what we were doing.” Ilana agrees that this is the case, and adds that “we eat lots of Russian foods like syrniki (farmers cheese pancakes), [soup with] frikadelki (meatball soup), and borscht (beet soup).

Kirat Grewal '22

Academically, my interests fall under languages and science, and the classes I enjoy most are French, Chemistry, and Calculus. Post high school, I would like to continue studying French as well as Biochemistry with the eventual goal of becoming a physician. Outside of school, I play the flute, row at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, and captain the LHS tennis team

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