Bûche de Noël Contest

French language students learn the winners of the contest and bring their entries home to their lucky families.
French language students learn the winners of the contest and bring their entries home to their lucky families.
Principal Acker congratulates the winners.
Principal Acker congratulates the winners.
So much chocolate cake....so little time.
So much chocolate cake....so little time.

“Thank you for participating in the Bûche de Noël Contest.” wrote Walt Whitman French teacher Dr. Eikenaar-Klang in a message to her students. “You all did an outstanding job.”

Dr. Eikenaar-Klang, describes an ancient French tradition dating back to the Middle Ages of burning a log from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. It is said that farmers then used part of the log to attract a good harvest for the year. Today, the tradition still lives on. But in modern times the log burning has evolved into the tradition of making a traditional log-shaped cake called the bûche de Noël, or Christmas log. The log cake is served alongside many other pastries during Le Réveillon, a late supper held after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

This tradition started as a simple meal of biscuits and a hot drink but eventually evolved into a grand feast. The meals vary from region to region but are all equally lavish. The Whitman French students reenacted the tradition this holiday season, and a panel of hungry judges conferred and awarded the 2012 bûche de Noël first-place award to freshman Caitlin Dermody.

3rd prize goes to Claudia Rodriguez

2nd prize goes to Umaimah Saleemi

1st prize goes to Caitlin Dermody

Congratulations to you all! et merci beaucoup