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Herricks MS and HS Students Earn High Scores on National French Contest

Herricks students earn high scores on National French Contest


Herricks High School students attained exceptional results on Le Grand Concours, or the National French Contest, administered by the American Association of Teachers of French. They performed among the top of all test-takers nationally and locally and reflected a strong interest in and passion for foreign language learning.

Six Herricks students ranked in the top ten in the entire nation at their respective levels, and ten are among the top ten in Nassau County. At Level 2, freshman Derek Chen earned a perfect score and placed first in the nation and county. Kristen Aloysius and Carrie Hsu achieved second-place and Vandana Menser and Mary Tsahas, all freshmen, took third both nationally and in Nassau County.

At Level 3, sophomore Christina Kim placed seventh in the county. Representing Level 5, junior Aashna Brahmbhatt earned a fourth-place spot nationally and a first-place one in Nassau County. Seniors Nora Koe, Daniel Thomas and Alan Chen placed eighth, ninth and tenth in the county, respectively, at Level 5.

7th graders Amisha Brahmbhatt and Kayla Sohn received bronze medals for their scores on the National French Contest administered by the American Association of Teachers of French. They each scored 10th in the nation and 7th in Nassau County. 8th grader Stephanie Guaman and 7th grader Kaanan Datt won certificates for Honorable Mention. Félicitations!

Le Grand Concours is a national competition in which students have the option of participating each year they study French. More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event.

AATF President Catherine Danièlou indicated: French students who rank nationally in Le Grand Concours demonstrate a superior level of global responsibility, integrative cultural competence, language skills, and commitment to excellence and dedication. They significantly increase their community’s international profile. Their French teachers, whom they honor, work hard to produce responsible world citizens with multilingual capabilities. Le Grand Concours participants and winners all embrace an appreciation for other cultures, strive to continually learn and improve, and value the study of French. We are very proud of them and admire their commitment to both contributing to a better world and serving as exceptional ambassadors for their schools.


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