A group of Jefferson Township Middle School students have ranked nationally in the 82nd annual Le Grand Concours, according to Lisa Narug, National Director of the event.. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students are evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French.
More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event. Student winners of grade 7 teacher Amelie Alizon and grade 8 teacher Marybeth Neuschatz:
Honorable Mention – Placed in the 50th to 70th national percentile:
- Grade 7 students: Michael Dalessio, Ella DiLizia, Niriksha Jayakumar, Shanna Leek, Caralyn Rexroad, Erica Wurster and Raymond Zhao.
- Grade 8 students: Jordan Herman and Jordan Morstatt.
Bronze Medal – Placed in the 75th to 80th national percentile:
- Grade 7 student: Kedar Padalkar
Silver Medal – Placed in the 85th to 90th national percentile:
- Grade 8 students: Anisah Daniel, Maya Dhillon, Archita Jayaram, and Madison Poulas
Gold Medal – Placed in the 95th national percentile:
- Grade 8 students: Arunima Gupta and Aashi Tailor
“French 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. They significantly increase their community’s international profile,” according to president Catherine Danielou. “Their French teachers, whom they honor, work hard to produce responsible world citizens with multilingual capabilities. Le Grand Concours participants and winners all embrace an appreciation for other cultures, strive to continually learn and improve, and value the study of French. We are very proud of them and admire their commitment to both contributing to a better world and serving as exceptional ambassadors for their schools.”
For more information about the National French Contest, please visit our website: www.frenchteachers.org/concours.