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Posted Monday, Jun 8, 2015 
Nick Dubois '18 finished in the top 95% nationally on the French 3 exam.

22 WMA students earn honors in National French Contest

Trés bien, Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Trés bien.

Twenty-two students from the Academy were recognized for their scores on the 2015 National French Contest, also known as the Le Grand Concours.

“It was the first time we’ve participated in the national exam and it was great to see the positive results, which says a lot about our program,” World Languages Department Chair Kevin Kane said.

Approximately 90,000 students from throughout the country participated in this year’s national exam.

Nick Dubois ’18, in his first year of taking French, finished in the top 95% on the French 3 exam. Nick, whose parents both speak French, praised upper school French teacher Mary Bacon upon receiving his score and national recognition.

“Mrs. Bacon is always trying to look for the better in the students,” Nick said. “She’s always looking to improve the language in each of her students. She’s an inspiring teacher who is great at the French language and certainly a teacher I really connected with.”

Yutong Liu ’15 and Ju Li ’15 scored in the top 75%, while WMA had a dozen students from the Upper School receive an honorable mention certificate for their scores in the top 50%: Lilianna Brook ’16, Alexandra Collins-Anderson ’16, Clara Harrington ’18, Gael Hernandez ’18, Jordana Iryzk ’17, Mina Lee ’17, Emily Nagle ’18, Daniel Qin-Dong ’17, Najma Shy ’15, Clarissa Wallis ’15, Xinyu Weng ’16 and Junhao Xu ’16.

Students in the Middle School performed equally as well, highlighted by Charlotte Derose ’21 ranking eighth in the country on the French 1 exam.

“I think it’s great and it shows Madame Dubois is a great teacher,” said Charlotte, complementing Middle School French teacher Fabienne Dubois. “We all work hard in her classroom and we all learned a lot this year. She has good techniques for studying and teaching. She makes us work hard but it’s not exhausting. It’s fun. We play games and she helps us remember things.”

Other Middle School students receiving awards were: Jeremy Dubois ’21, ranked 12th nationally; Nolan Lorenzana ’20, regional winner and ranked 13th nationally; Lindsay Briggs ’20, ranked first regionally; Liam Garrison ’20, ranked second regionally; Gokul Sivakumar ’19 and Grace Briggs ’19, honorable mention awards.


Posted Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 
Celina was named a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Gold Key Award winner.

Celina Rivernider '19 wins writing contest award

For the majority of her school years, Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Celina Rivernider ’19 has been told by her teachers and friends she’s a talented writer.

Celina, though, didn’t really know how talented she really was.

Now she knows.

In a contest that includes students in grades 7-12, Celina was named a winner of a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Gold Key Award. Celina’s “America: Deaf and Blind” earned recognition in the Critical Essay category.

“I was really, really excited. I didn’t expect it,” Celina said. “I’ve had people tell me I’m talented at writing, for my class or age or grade, but I didn’t really think I’d size up with the country. I don’t know if I’ll win the national award because so few people get it, but I have a lot of years to go and I’m going to keep submitting to the contest.”

Celina received a certificate from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the mail in mid-February. The regional award automatically qualified her for national merit, which will be announced March 16.

Celina wrote a powerful piece on racial, gender and social inequalities in America, specifically stating how the country pretends to be equal when in fact it is not.

“Something in both the logical and visionary side of me has hung on,” Celina concluded in her essay. “It is the hope of fixing this red, white and blue contraption. If I can save a whole country, we can all save our world. But I must distinguish my voice, I am not a delinquent protesting because I can, I am speaking out because I must. I am like America, some parts coolly near-perfected, some parts beautifully imperfect. If I were to give up on our country, I would be giving up on myself.”

Celina wrote the essay as part of an assignment for her eighth-grade Humanities class at the Academy.


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