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National French Contest "magnifique" for Titans

Once again, Wilbraham & Monson Academy was “magnifique” on this year’s Le Grand Concours, the National French Contest.

Students in WMA French courses earned four gold medals, six silvers, seven bronze and 10 honorable mention certificates. Eight Titans also ranked nationally, including Cecilia Geijo Rumeu de Armas ’25, who finished ninth on the highest-level exam (Level 5). Cecilia, from Madrid, Spain, is a student of Madame Fabienne Dubois in AP French 5.

Quotes from Cecilia

On what she likes about the French language: “I like French because I´ve been learning it since I was a kid. It’s a different language to learn because usually Spanish speakers want to learn English and English speakers want to learn Spanish, so French is like learning something different that is going be useful, too.”

On receiving a gold medal and placing ninth nationally: “I was really surprised when I found out about it, but at the same time I am very proud of myself because I never had any super recognition for knowing French so it was cool winning something. It also proved that with work and effort you are always going to get a reward.” 

Quotes from Madame Dubois

On Cecilia’s performance: “This is a great accomplishment that doesn't come as a surprise considering Cecilia's solid foundation and great work in AP French class. It has been a pleasure having Cecilia in my class this year and we will all miss her next year.”

On why it’s important to learn a foreign language: Roughly 75-percent of the world doesn't speak English so learning languages is very worthwhile and useful. The more languages you know, the more you can communicate with people. French is the second-most learned language in the world after English. It is exciting to see students like Cecilia and many others who take it far and become fluent before they leave WMA. Colleges like to see that a student has taken three or four years of a language in high school so we encourage all language learners to persevere and study the language of their choice until they graduate. Like Nelson Mandela said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’”

 

WMA Award Winners

Level 5

Gold: Cecilia Geijo Rumeu de Armas ’25 (#9 national rank, #1 in chapter)

Silver: Marie-Louise Corboz ’24 (#12 national rank, #3 in chapter)

Bronze: Brady Gouin ’23

Honorable Mention: Yuzuki Yamaoka ’23

Level 4

Gold: Alicia Gil Martinez ’24 (tied #14 national rank, tied #1 in chapter), Dario Manbachi ’24 (tied #14 national rank, tied #1 in chapter)

Silver: Emma Landry ’25 (#18 national rank, #3 in chapter)

Bronze: Mariana Mujica ’25, Breslin Grozio ’25

Level 3

Silver: Jose Emilio Hurtado ’24 (#9 national rank, #7 in chapter)

Bronze: Rebecca Kakule ’25, Javier Herrera ’25

Honorable Mention: Daniel Gao ’24, Noah Stich ’25, Kayla Makkiya ’25, Katie Hutcheson ’26

Level 2

Gold: Guillem Riba ’24 (#7 national rank, #3 in chapter)

Silver: Cooper Dwyer ’25 (#8 national rank, #4 in chapter)

Bronze: Vaishnavi Venkat ’25

Honorable Mention: Mark Tobias ’25, Imani Porter ’26, Tomas Uribe ’26

Level 1

Honorable Mention: Linda Xiao ’25, Jack Wang ’26

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