NA Juniors Earn Medals in French Language Competition
Four Norfolk Academy juniors participated in the 27th annual Concours de Français hosted by the Alliance Française this weekend, and three of them earned medals.
Danielle Doss ’20 earned the gold medal for French 4, and Juliet Lancey ’20 won silver. Judith-Renée Herman ’20 won gold for French 3. Ethan Sorrel ’20 received a certificate at level four. French is not the only language studied in school for two of the winners: Danielle is in Spanish III and Judith-Renée is in Latin 5.
It was the first time that NA students have participated in the event, which is a competition among students from schools across the region; some of the participants were native speakers. Students in the French 3 level and above had to examine a sequence of images and come up with a story in French and present it to the judges. Students were asked a variety of questions, both about the story they invented and about themselves. They were judged for their skill in communication and ability to tell a logical story; skill in sustaining a conversation without “awkward breaks or gaps of silence;” range of vocabulary; and accurate pronunciation.