Global Languages Showcase


Welcome to Showcase!

The Murray State University Global Languages Showcase is an annual, regional festival where language students of all levels participate in fun, creative events representing a variety of languages and cultures. Among the languages represented are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Check out this video of a previous Showcase!

Showcase 2023

In 2023, the Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts is pleased to announce the return of the Global Languages Showcase. Showcase will take place on Tuesday, October 24 from 9:15 AM to 12 PM in Murray State's Curris Center. The registration deadline is September 22.

This year's event will include activities sure to motivate your students to learn languages, such as:

We invite workshop and competitive project proposals for those interested in having their students share cultural knowledge and skills. Do you or your students have an idea for a workshop? See the Workshop Proposal Submission Form.

More Information

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

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, videos, or artworks inspired by the target culture. The students will display their projects to the public during the showcase. To submit a competitive varsity project proposal, use the Varsity Project Submission Form.


  • The deadline to submit a project proposal is September 22, 2023.
  • Projects should be the original work of the student (no kits) and be completed during the current school year. The projects may consist of poster presentations, videos, dioramas, clothing, or other kinds of artwork (painting, drawing, etc.) that demonstrate thoughtful academic engagement with a world language or culture.
  • Projects will be judged primarily on knowledge of the target language and culture, but also on originality, creativity, and overall quality and craftsmanship.
  • 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 should 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 on the premises due to Curris Center rules.
  • 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 deadline is September 22, 2023. Register using the 2023 Showcase Registration Form.
  • The registration fee is $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.

A limited amount of travel vouchers is available to help with travel expenses. Send your request and a purchase order from your school’s central accounting office to Stephanie Peck at or 270.809.2501. Schools outside of Calloway Co. have priority; otherwise, first come, first served.

At the conclusion of the Showcase, you and your students are welcome to stay and have lunch at the Curris Center.

You are also invited to schedule a campus tour for your students with the Murray State Office of Recruitment by calling 800.272.4678

If you plan to stay for lunch and/or a campus tour, please let us know by contacting Stephanie Peck at or 270.809.2501.

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


Please send any questions or comments to Stephanie Peck at


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