Waubonsie Students Ranked Nationally in Le Grand Concours (National French Contest)

Reported by on 5/24/22

Damian Venneman, Manuel Vargas Munguia, Akshath Sivachidhambaram and Maya Sanny have ranked nationally in the 87th annual National French Contest. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. In spite of the pandemic and all of the difficulties overcome in schools this past year, nearly 43,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2022 event. Damian Venneman, Manuel Vargas Munguia, and Akshath Sivachidhambaram are students of Savannah Smith’s in French 1 and Maya Sanny is her student in French 4 Honors.
AATF President Eileen Walvoord indicated: These students have demonstrated excellence in their study of French and are to be highly commended. With their teachers, they have used the French language to engage with authentic documents and individuals around the world to explore cultures as diverse as Mali and Monaco, Senegal and Switzerland, Tunisia and Togo. The superior level of language achievement that they have attained will serve them well as they use these linguistic and communication skills throughout their personal and professional lives interacting with diverse peoples and cultures around the world and in their own communities. The students’ parents should also be thanked for their support for their children and for the French programs that make this outstanding achievement possible. On behalf of the American Association of Teachers of French, I offer to all who have contributed to these excellent high-ranking results: students, teachers, parents, administrators, as well as the local and national administrators of the National French Contest: Congratulations to all! Félicitations à vous toutes et vous tous!
For more information about the National French Contest, please visit our website: www.frenchteachers.org/concours.