Global Languages Showcase

We regretfully have to announce that we will not be able to offer our Language Showcase on Thursday, October 14 2021.  While we were excited to get our showcase going again, as you well know, the ongoing challenges of the pandemic are putting a stress on our faculty and staff who often have to quarantine or be caregivers for their family members. As such, we have decided to put a hold on our showcase planning as we want to offer an amazing experience for our attendees,  and it’s difficult to plan an event of this magnitude under the current circumstances. However, we value our partnerships with schools in the area,  and if any teachers are interested in collaborating in a smaller-scale activity (virtual or otherwise) please contact the department's Global Languages Coordinator, Dr. Tanya Romero-Gonzalez, who will work with you in connecting you to resources and faculty at Murray State University.

 The Murray State University Global Languages Showcase is an annual, regional festival for language students of all levels to participate in fun, creative events representing a variety of languages and cultures.  An outreach effort by the Murray State Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts, the Showcase fosters connections among area language teachers and rewards and encourages students as they pursue the study of languages and cultures. Among the languages represented are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Picasso Girl painting by Hannah Funkhouse
Picasso Girl - painting by Hannah Funkhouse


Please send any questions or comments to coordinator Cindy Barnett

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All middle and high school students enrolled in a language class during the current academic year are welcome to participate.

Varsity Projects Competition

A maximum of three students per teacher may enter the varsity-level individual project competition, which will be evaluated by MSU faculty. Projects may be art, models, costumes or videos inspired by the target culture and will be on display and accessible to the public during the showcase. 

  • Projects will be original work by the student (no kits) and be completed during the current school year.
  • Projects will be judged primarily on knowledge of the target language and culture, but also on originality, creativity, and overall quality and workmanship.
  • Participants will provide a brief written and oral description and interact with the judge about the historical context and/or cultural relevance of the project, all in the target language at the appropriate proficiency level.
  • Videos will not exceed three minutes. Students will bring their own equipment, including external speakers for laptops, and will check all equipment to ensure everything works properly beforehand.
  • For projects related to cuisine/cooking, no actual food is allowed due to potential health/safety concerns.
  • Heritage Speakers are students who are regularly exposed to a language other than English at home. They may compete in the varsity event.
  • Exchange Students (defined here as students from another country temporarily attending school in the U.S.) may not compete in the varsity event in their native language, but if they are students of a different language, they may compete in their language of study.


  • The registration fee is now only $5 per student. Make checks payable to Murray State University and send them to Department of Global Languages, 4A Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray KY 42071
  • For information about our "no student left behind" policy, contact Stephanie Peck   270.809.2501
  • Elementary school students are welcome to observe free of charge; please let us know how many will be attending.
  • Download Registration Form here.
  • Submit completed Registration Forms via email to Martin Kane

Additional Information

Travel Vouchers in the amount of $100 each are available to help with travel expenses. Send your request and a purchase order from your school’s central accounting office to Stephanie Peck 270.809.2501  Schools outside of Calloway Co. have priority; otherwise, first come, first served.

Lunch and Campus Tour  
At the conclusion of the Showcase, you and your students are welcome to stay and have lunch in the Curris Center – at the Thoroughbred Café on the second floor or Chick-Fil-A on the first floor – at Winslow Cafeteria (in the residential college circle), or at Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Waterfield Library before returning home. All offer a variety of a la carte options.
You are also invited to schedule a campus tour for your students with the Murray State Office of Recruitment  800.272.4678. 
If you plan to stay for lunch and/or a campus tour, please let us know by contacting Stephanie Peck 270.809.2501.

White, 100% cotton t-shirts with a colorful Murray State University Global Languages logo on the front will be available on the day of the event for $10 each. Please pre-order your shirts on the registration form. 

T-shirt with Global Languages Showcase logo        Globals Languages Showcase logo


Previous Winners


2019 Varsity Winners

1st Place Intermediate Spanish
Hannah Funkhouse, Madisonville North Hopkins High School

2nd Place Intermediate Spanish
Hannah Mabry, Community Christian Academy

3rd Place Intermediate Spanish
Eden Cunningham, Murray Home School


2018 Varsity Winners

 1st Place Intermediate French:
Jaret Rushing, Henry County High School

 1st Place Intermediate Spanish:
Matthew Johnston, SC Murray Homeschool

2nd Place Intermediate Spanish:
Haley Brotherton, Madisonville-North Hopkins High School

3rd Place Intermediate Spanish:
Jaden Estes, Community Christian Academy


2017 Varsity Winners:

 1st Place Intermediate Spanish:
Avery Thompson, Murray High School

2nd Place Intermediate Spanish:
Emily Drew, Murray High School

3rd Place Intermediate Spanish
Jung-Woo Hong, Murray High School

1st Place Advanced Spanish
Ashtin McKinney, Murray High School


2016 Varsity Winners:

    1st Place Intermediate Group French:
A. Littlebrant, C. Key and C. Cooper, Murray High School

     1st Place Intermediate Individual French:
Chloe Jones, Calloway County High School

    1st Place Intermediate Group Spanish:
Jacob Paluso and Jung-Woo Hong, Murray High School

    1st Place Advanced Group Spanish:
Ian Smith and Mathai Karanja, Murray High School

    2nd Place Advanced Group Spanish:
Samuel Morgan and Gustavo Leon, Murray High School

    1st Place Intermediate Individual Spanish:
Preston Baggett, Fulton County High School

    2nd Place Intermediate Individual Spanish:
Nathan Ward, Ms. Beck’s Spanish Course

    3rd Place Intermediate Individual Spanish:
Avery Thompson, Murray High School

    1st Place Advanced Individual Spanish:
Megan M. Wilson, Murray High School



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