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Nine Watauga High School Students Ranked Nationally in Le Grand Concours (National French Contest)

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 12:50 pm

Each spring, students studying French at Watauga High School participate in the Le Grand Concours National French Contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. This year, French students in French 2, French 4 Honors, and AP French Language and Culture took this test, competing against students with similar levels of French. The exam tests students’ listening comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary in French. It is very challenging, and getting national recognition is a tremendous achievement.

French 4 Honors student Cami Desogus, and French 2 students Olivia Flores, Elise Griffin, Brecken Sauthoff, Anasofia Salinas, Rachel Ingram, Kahlyn Nicholls, Savannah Duvall and Maya Shinnar-Weinberghave ranked nationally in the 90th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Nearly 45,000 students competed in the 2024 event. All the aforementioned students are students of Heather Tedder at Watauga High School. 

The full list of Watauga High School national-level award winners is below. Congratulations and toutes nos félicitations to these outstanding French students!

Silver medal (85th – 94th percentile)

Level 4 : Cami Desogus

Bronze medal (75th – 84th percentile)

Level 2 : Olivia Flores

Mention d’honneur (70th, 65th, 55th, or 50th percentiles)

Level 2 : Elise Griffin, Brecken Sauthoff, Anasofia Salinas, Rachel Ingram, Kahlyn Nicholls, Savannah Duvall and Maya Shinnar-Weinberg

AATF President Eileen Walvoord indicated: These students have demonstrated excellence in their study of French and are to be highly commended. In their French classes, throughout the school year, they have used the French language to engage with authentic documents and individuals around the world, all the while exploring cultures as diverse as Mali and Monaco, Senegal and Switzerland, Tunisia and Togo. The superior level of language achievement that they have attained will serve them well as they use these linguistic and communication skills throughout their personal and professional lives interacting with diverse peoples and cultures around the world and in their own communities. The students’ parents should also be commended for their support of their children and the French programs that make this outstanding achievement possible. On behalf of the American Association of Teachers of French, I offer “Congratulations” to all who have contributed to these excellent high-ranking results. Those contributing to this success include students, teachers, parents, administrators, as well as local and national administrators of the National French Contest. Congratulations to all! Félicitations à vous toustes!

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