French students are “magnifique” at contest

June 4, 2018

Students at Harlan High School placed high on “Le Grand Concours,” an annual national French contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). It tests participants across the country on the ability to comprehend the French language.  

Winning students include:

  • Freshman Caleb Moran who received a Silver Medal, placing second in South Texas and 15th in the nation,
  • Freshman Van Thibodeaux who received an Honorable Mention, placing 9th in South Texas and 21st in the nation, and  
  • Junior Gavin Drosehn who placed 13th in South Texas and 26th in the nation.

“I am extremely proud of my students,” said Clair Plantenga, French teacher at Harlan HS. “I am excited to see where their strong language skills will take them in the future.”

The National French Contest was established in 1936 by the AATF to help determine student achievement in the learning of French in the U.S. The annual contest has around 100,000 participants from elementary to high schools.