Simon Contreras has been teaching Spanish in Arlington for 26 years. He now teaches 4 Spanish classes at Wakefield High School and is head of the Foreign Language Department. Over 20 years ago he introduced something fun to the area: the Annual Spanish R Rolling Contest. This year marks the 22nd Annual Contest which will be held at Key Elementary School on Friday, March 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The contest first started when Contreras noticed that some of his students had trouble rolling their R's. "It started in my own classes and it went well and it was fun, so we decided to compete with other schools." Soon the contest spread to multiple schools, even in other states such as Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. "We have come a long way!" exclaimed Contreras.