Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA
Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presents awards to the Mountain View High School students who competed in “Le Grand Concours.” Pictured, from left, are Jason Gravett, Charleen Wang, Sophia Karolczak, Sheila Steine, Alaisha Sharma and Groves.
More than 200 Mountain View High School students studying French participated in “Le Grand Concours,” a national contest that pits French students against each other in listening, reading and structures skills.
Marie Thuillier and Clotilde Grès, French teachers at Mountain View High, said they were thrilled with the experience and the results. This year, only students enrolled in French levels 2 through 5 Honors participated. The teachers said they hope all levels will participate next year.
Students who achieved the highest scores received medals and certificates of recognition last month. Alaisha Sharma, who takes level 2 French, earned a perfect score and ranked first nationally. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presented Sharma with a gold medal and plaque for her achievement.
James Hulett and Ryan Tawbi received bronze medals with the highest score for level 3; Karina Fong-Hirschfelder earned a silver medal for level 4AP, ranking third nationally; and Justine Fanget recorded the highest score for level 5 Honors. Students in levels 2-4 received a total of 21 bronze medals.
When presenting the awards, Groves reminded students of the importance of learning a language in today’s world and encouraged them to remember that communication is more important than verb conjugations.
“I believe that learning multiple languages is an essential skill for the 21st century,” Groves said. “I am delighted that so many of our students are enrolled in world languages and excelling.”
Donations from parents, the Parent Teacher Student Association and the MVLA district fund students’ participation in the national contests in French and Spanish.
The American Association of Teachers of French sponsors “Le Grand Concours.”
“As the president of the Northern California AATF chapter, I am really proud to have our students participate in this contest, and I thank our parents for their generous donations,” Grès said.