Cape Gazette

Cape Italian students cross the Atlantic for feast of food, culture and history

May 09, 2014
Source: Submitted Enjoying their trip to Italy are (l-r) Madeline Bradsha, Ashley Harmon, Michael Martin, Cody Duvall, Rebecca Moy, Dylan Brown, Anthony Iammatteo, Michael DeStasio, Marlee MCGinniss, Aidan O’Keefe, Graham Smith, Italian teacher Cristina Christy, retired social studies teacher Sue Comorat, James Albertella and Sarah Boothman.

When Cristina Christy started the Italian program at Cape Henlopen High School five years ago, one of her visions for her students was to take them to Italy to sample typical Italian dishes, see spectacular sights and practice some of the Italian they mastered.

Christy grew up between Italy and the U.S. where her father, K. Robert Nilsson, was the founder/director of a junior year abroad program through Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and her mother taught Italian.

This trip was an honor to her parents and all that her upbringing afforded her. Neither she nor her students were disappointed. Christy says her students fell in love with Italy, its foods, its pace and its people. In fact, Christy, says, she will be very surprised if several of her students do not return to Italy to study its art, its foods, its history - or its language.

For more information regarding the Italian program at CHHS or to contribute toward future trips to Italy, contact Christy at

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