French Competition

By:  Suzanne Cordon

Bonjour!

Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Students were evaluated for their listening and oral comprehension skills in French.   More than 85,000 students in all 50 states compete in this event. This year, Meadowbrook had nineteen students participate in the contest.

Zara Clark-Schecter of {Meadowbrook School} has ranked in the 95th percentile nationally again this year in the 83rd annual event earning another gold medal. Zara is a fifth grader at Meadowbrook and has been participating in the National French Contest since first grade.  After achieving a superior score on the listening exam this year, she was invited to participate in the oral interview portion of the National French Contest.  Felicitations Zara!

Juniper Oser of {Meadowbrook School} also ranked in the 95th percentile nationally earning a gold medal. Juniper is in first grade and this was her first time participating! Juniper also completed the oral interview! Excellent Juniper!

Gabriella Cordón of {Meadowbrook School} ranked in the 85th percentile nationally earning a silver medal again this year! Gabriella is a third grader and has been participating in the contest since first grade.  Gabriella also participated in the oral interview portion of the contest. Très bien Gabby!

Elizabeth Grohsman (third grade)  Nadia Russell (third grade), Allie Bernert (second grade), and Karleigh Sowden (first grade) of {Meadowbrook School} earned scores of higher than eighty-five percent on the listening exam and will be pinned and awarded with Honneur by the American Association of Teachers of French.

 Lia Khoury (first grade), Delaney Stout (third grade), Darbee Stout (first grade), and Ethan Sweigard (first grade) earned a score of eighty percent on the listening exam and will receive a special recognition from Meadowbrook for their accomplishments.

I am extremely proud of each student that participated in the contest.  The listening exam is given in a standardized test format.  The speakers are native and speak at a natural pace.  The time is limited and all of our students did an exceptional job with this!  I love that they are provided with this experience early on that will help to prepare them to be more willing and confident to partake in these endeavors in the future.  I have also attached the TOP-TEN Philadelphia ranks for the high school students.  Samuel Berger ’16 and William Stutman “16 are former Meadowbrook students who began taking the National French Contest here as young students. How exciting that they earned a chapter Philadelphia rank of 1 and national rank of 2.

Thank you to all who were a part of French Club and French Contest! I truly hope you will consider it again next year! Please join us for the annual Distribution des Prix ceremony (the 41st!) on Tuesday, May 15, at Chestnut Hill College from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Sorgenti arena. We will also celebrate with a special assembly at Meadowbrook on Monday, May 21st at 8:30 am where everyone who participated will earn his or her certificate. I am looking forward to seeing you there!

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