French students rank high in national contest
Posted 05 - 05 - 2014


Nacogdoches High School students attended the National French Contest/Le Grand Concours in March and saw two French 2 students earn the Laureat National distinction — Emily Roux and Kevin Roux.



The pair ranked third place nationally in the Level 2 contest.



Three students ranked in the top 20 percent of French I students nationwide — Alenia Whatley, Kendall Whitbeck and McKenna Ethington. Also, Keara Malone earned a Certificate of Honor for ranking in the top 20 percent of French 3 students nationwide.



“I think that our results in this contest are something for NHS and Nacogdoches to take pride in,” said Kristin Wright, NHS French Teacher. “I have poured my heart and soul into building a strong French program at NHS, and the pride I feel in my students and their success cannot be overstated!”



The National French Contest is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French that allows students of French with similar educational backgrounds to compete by taking a written test.



All students nationwide are eligible, including those who are not AATF members. All Pre-AP students and select students from regular French 1 and French 2 who have maintained an A or high B average at NHS are chosen to compete. This year 55 ninth through twelfth grade students represented NISD.



The National French Contest is organized into levels and divisions. Each level corresponds with the level of French in which the students are enrolled.



After the written exam, students are ranked based on scores, with the highest ranking first. The exam is a completion exam, so it is set up for students to fail.



 The exam consists of three parts: listening comprehension, reading comprehension and sentence completion. Students are given one hour to complete the exam that covers not only what students have learned in class, but everything to which they could have been exposed.



NHS has also had numerous other students rank in the 80th percentile or about in the last 5 years.



 



2014 National French Contest results for NHS:



Name                                                    Level                      Nat.  Rank             Percentile              Award_______                       



Alenia Whatley                                 1                             13                           85th                        Certificat d’honneur



Kendall Whitbeck                            1                             15                           80th                        Certificat d’honneur       



McKenna Ethington                        1                             16                           80th                        Certificat d’honneur       



Emma Bond                                         1                              17                           75th                         Certificat de réussite



Hanna Algas                                         1                              18                           75th                         Certificat de réussite



Susana Pham                                        1                              19                           70th                         Certificat de réussite



Valentin Scognamillo                         1                              21                           65th                         Certificat de réussite



Alicia Contreras                                   1                              22                           60th                         Certificat de réussite



Crystal Martinez                  1                              22                           60th                         Certificat de réussite



Emily Hopson                                     1                              23                           60th                         Certificat de réussite



Estrella Maldonado                            1                              25                           50th                         Certificat de réussite



 



Emy Roux                                            2                             3                             95th                        Lauréat national              



Kevin Roux                                         2                             3                             95th                        Lauréat national



Fernando Rodriguez                           2                              16                           75th                         Certificat de réussite



Mayra Barrios                                      2                              17                           70th                         Certificat de réussite



Megan Jenkins                                     2                              18                           70th                         Certificat de réussite



Leslie Gaytan                                       2                              19                           65th                         Certificat de réussite



Omar Rivera                                         2                              20                           60th                         Certificat de réussite



Adam Tobar                                         2                              20                           60th                         Certificat de réussite



Jesus Perez                                           2                              22                           55th                         Certificat de réussite



Juan Acosta                                           2                              23                           55th                         Certificat de réussite



Esteban Perez                                      2                              23                           55th                         Certificat de réussite



Name                                               Level            National Rank      National Percentile             Award_______                   



Elaine Garner                                       2                              24                           50th                         Certificat de réussite         



Keegan Ramirez                                   2                              24                           50th                         Certificat de réussite



 



Keara Malone                                    3                             14                           80th                        Certificat d’honneur



Diana Centeno                                      3                              15                           75th                         Certificat de réussite



Harley Cespedes                  3                              18                           65th                         Certificat de réussite         



Sidney Hartz                                         3                              18                           65th                         Certificat de réussite



Sandra Pasillas                                    3                              20                           60th                     Certificat de réussite



 



 




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