Five French language students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School have won national honors through the Le Grand Concours competition hosted by the American Association of Teachers of French.
French teacher Wendy Stiglic said during her 15-year career at H-F this is the first time H-F has had such a high number of national winners.
Allie Mangel, silver medal, and Joseph Humphrey, bronze medal, in the French 3 division;
Katie Donermeyer, silver medal, and Lucy Sloan, bronze medal, in the French 4 division;
Michael Gislason, bronze medal, in the French 5 division.
In all, 85,000 students across the United States took the exam, including 49 students at H-F. Students receiving honorable mentions were:
Sopulu Anidobu, Emma Anderson, Nathaniel Bouchie, Emma Brown, Mariah Jiles, Cessanye Osby, Daniela Pena, Meera Patel, Eliza Sykes and Tyler VanKley.
The contest was given in two parts: students answered questions in French to assess their listening skills, and they were given a multi-choice written exam that focused on vocabulary, grammar and French culture.
Stiglic said she encourages students to take the exam as a motivational tool, and an extracurricular project that can help prepare them for language assessments in college.
The American Association of Teachers of French also honored H-F French 3 student Griffin Carter who earned a perfect score on the association’s annual trivia contest in November 2015.
A foreign language is not required of H-F students, but is highly recommended, and most colleges do look for foreign language classes on transcripts, said Nancy Spaniak, director of curriculum at H-F. Students who study French at Parker Junior High in Flossmoor or James Hart School in Homewood are able to place in to French 2 as freshmen at H-F. Stiglic said that as students progress it gives them an opportunity to move in to French 5 during their senior year at H-F.
Stiglic also worked with H-F’s French National Honors Society earlier this month for its induction program. H-F students admitted into the French NHS were: Nathaniel Bouchie, Eugenia Ermasova, Stewart Keene, Leanna Lewis, Laila Malak, Kaitlyn Sanders, Lucy Sloan and Eliza Sykes.