Twenty Jefferson Township middle and high school students have ranked nationally in the 83rd annual Le Grand Concours, a competition of written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French.
More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2018 event. The following Jefferson students of teachers Jean Rice, Marybeth Neuschatz, and Karen Kozlowski earned national rankings:
Honorable Mention – 50th to 70th national percentile:
Grade 7: Veronica Cottone, Alia Daniel, Emily Finkel, Karla Guerrero Menjivar
Grade 8: Ella DiLizia, Morgan Hine, Niriksha Jayakumar, Shanna Leek, Shayla Meli, Samantha Spaloss
Bronze Medal – 75th and 80th national percentile:
Grade 7: Alyssa Cai
Grade 8: Caralyn Rexroad, Erica Wurster
Silver Medal – 85th and 90th national percentile:
Grade 7: Tanvi Mavani
Grade 8: Kedar Padalkar, Zachary Verlardi, Raymond Zhao
Grade 9: Anthony D’Alauro, Maya Dhillon
Gold Medal – 95th national percentile:
Grade 7: Nina Dhillon
According to the president of the American Association of Teachers of French, Catherine Danièlou, students who rank nationally in Le Grand Concours demonstrate “a superior level of global responsibility, integrative cultural competence, language skills, and commitment to excellence and dedication.” She added that all participants and winners “embrace an appreciation for other cultures, strive to continually learn and improve, and value the study of French.”
For more information about the National French Contest, visit www.frenchteachers.org/concours.