French Language Students Go National

Left to right: Whitman’s French teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar-Klang, Ophelia Banatte-Schuster, Leanna Vergis, Rose Pedretti, Brenda Mendez, Esteban Lopez, Melissa Portillo, Tyler Malone, and Whitman Assistant Principal Ms. Colleen Grady.
Left to right: Whitman’s French teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar-Klang, Ophelia Banatte-Schuster, Leanna Vergis, Rose Pedretti, Brenda Mendez, Esteban Lopez, Melissa Portillo, Tyler Malone, and Whitman Assistant Principal Ms. Colleen Grady.

Our high school students did an exceptional job representing Walt Whitman at the Annual Poetry Contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Eight original poems were electronically submitted: three level II, two level III, one level IV and 1 AP level  (this student is enrolled in French IV but as a native speaker she had to submit a poem at a level above).

“It was great to hear the other teachers who were serving as judges commenting on the quality of work that our students submitted,” said Whitman’s French teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar-Klang. “Needless to tell you how proud I am of them.”

The students will celebrate with a French breakfast where they will receive their certificates and gifts from AATF

Congratulations to:

Level II                    Original poem          Rank

Melissa Portillo          Qui je suis               First Place

Brenda Mendez          Nos langues               Second Place

Tyler Malone               La fleur                    Third Place

                       

Level III                       

Esteban Lopez            Que puis-je dire?          First Place

Leanna Vergis            La lune                         Second Place

                       

Level IV                       

Rose Pedretti               L'oeil du cyclone            First Place

                       

Level V (she is in level IV class but is a native speaker)                       

Ophelia Banatte-Schuster            Qui suis-je            First Place