Prince Charles Secondary School’s Maddison Pommier receiving her Le Grand Councours award from teacher Karen Christiansen.

Creston Grade 11 student earns silver in U.S. French competition

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Prince Charles Secondary School’s Maddison Pommier, a Grade 11 student of Karen Christiansen, earned a silver medal in the 81st annual Le Grand Concours, a national (U.S.) competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

More than 85,000 students in all 50 states and several provinces competed in the 2016 event, in which they were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French.

“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,” said AATF President Catherine Danièlou. “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.”