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.