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Callie Dunbar '24 wins French award

Seven years of one subject? Yes, that can be considered a passion, and Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Callie Dunbar ’24 certainly has a passion for all things French.

Callie was awarded the Academy’s Outstanding Senior in French Award by The American Association of Teachers of French. The honor goes to a student who, according to the organization, “demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and many cultures where it is spoken.”

Callie, president of WMA’s French Club as well as a member of the Société Honoraire de Francaise, received a certificate and medal.


Callie on receiving the award: “I feel honored to have received it. I think the language program has allowed me to grow and develop my language skills, especially having the opportunity to travel with two of my teachers my junior year to France.”

Callie on taking French classes for seven years at WMA: “It was the best experience. I met so many great teachers who helped me. I definitely am confident to use my language skills in the real world and use them in college, and also in my future professional endeavors.”

Callie on what she likes about the French language: “I liked how I learned the language within the classroom, but also having the knowledge about the culture. Being able to visit the landmarks last year solidified my interest in the language.”

Madame Fabienne Dubois on Callie earning the honor: “Callie is receiving the 2024 Outstanding Senior Award for her dedication and commitment to the French program at WMA. This award is only given to one senior per school annually. I am very grateful that I got to teach Callie for several years (starting before middle school) until this year for her post-AP French class. Callie was our French Club president and an inducted member of our French Honor Society. Callie participated in our trip to France last year, which helped increase her language skills and knowledge of Francophone culture. Callie is a ‘fantastique’ student and I will miss her greatly next year.”


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