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Joliet West High School Student Derek Layne Ranked Nationally in Le Grand Concours National French Contest

May 25, 2017 08:50 AM

Joliet West High School Student Derek Layne ranked nationally in the Le Grand Concours National French Contest 82nd annual event.   According to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours, Derek Layne won a bronze medal for his high achievement in this contest.  

Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French.   More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event.  Derek Layne, a sophomore at Joliet West High School, is currently a student of French teacher Lisa Ryan, and was a student of French teacher Jo Anne Bratkovich in the first semester.   Joliet West High School also had 7 Honorable Mention winners.

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.

For more information about the National French Contest, please visit our website: www.frenchteachers.org/concours.



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