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Mission Vista High School Students Rank Nationally in National French Contest



Mission Vista High School Students Rank Nationally in Le Grand Concours (National French Contest)


Oceanside, CA - This past March, 48 students from Mission Vista High School participated in Le Grand Concours, a national French contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students of French in grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational backgrounds for prizes. Nationally, more than 75,000 students competed in this 83rd annual event.


At Mission Vista High School:

  • One student, Touge Nhia Yi Ly, qualified as a Platinum Winner, which is the highest award in Le Grand Concours, representing the top 1% of scores in the nation within a student’s respective level. This award includes a platinum medal, a plaque for the student, and a Lauréat National certificate.
  • Five students, Maurice Anderson, Philippe Bruchez, Mariko Herrera, Panny Nhia Yi Ly, and Vivian Schroeder, qualified as Gold Medal Winners by scoring in the 95th percentile nationally in their respective levels or years of French taken.  Students earned a gold medal and a Lauréat National certificate for their efforts.
  • Nine students, Cherianne Cruz, Josephine Doan, Michael Garcia, Genevieve Haskin, Jennifer Hernandez-Romero, Erin Kennedy, Katarina Newman, Isabella Ossiander, and Alexandra Sibaja, qualified as Silver Medal Winners by scoring nationally between the 85th and 90th percentile in their respective levels.  These students earned a silver medal and a Lauréat National certificate for their efforts.
  • Eleven students, Jayden Alton, Jared Alvernaz, Caitlin Cielo, Mercedes Coppola, Michael Lee,  Sarah Mackey, Heidi Martinez, Skylar Mason, Malia Mohrman, Jazielyn Morales, and Emily Rivera, earned a Bronze medal and a Lauréat National certificate by scoring in the 80th or 75th percentile nationally in their level of French.
  • In addition, eleven students received a Mention d’honneur certificate because they scored above the national average in their respective level. These students are Noah Anschuetz, Uziel Belverde, Alex Davis, Mason Houskeeper, Jessica Jacinto, Sarah Kelly, Samantha Perez-Robinson, Berit Poirier, Zayra Rosales, Hannah Thornton, and Max Wygal.


Besides being an effective assessment of ability and progress over the years, the Grand Concours is also practice for college placement tests, SAT II and the AP test. The National French Contest is a way to gain experience taking these types of tests.


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.


Posted by: Lisa Contreras, District Admin, Vista Unified School District Published:5/15/18
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