Summit students earn national honors at French competition 

Several French students placed highly in Le Grand Concours, a national French contest sponsored annually by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Students of French, grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad take a written, proctored test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes. 

Senior Iona Mason (pictured) received a Gold medal in Level 5, the highest level of the contest, after scoring in the top 5% of national French students. She is ranked first in the Ohio chapter of the AATF and second in the nation.  

“I’m continuing my study of French in college at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland,” shares Iona. “I will also study Spanish and management.” 

At the 2A level, Derek Kuang ‘23 was awarded a Gold medal for his test score; he is ranked first in the Ohio chapter and fifth in the nation.  

Selena Xie ‘23 scored in the top 15% of national French students and earned a Silver medal; she is ranked 11th nationally.  

Oscar Loehrer ‘23 (pictured) earned a bronze medal as he placed in the top 25% nationally; he is ranked 10th in the chapter and 15th in the nation. He picked up an interest in the French language from his father, Alex, who is fluent. Oscar hopes to study abroad some day in a French-speaking country. 

"This is a great opportunity for all French students to show what they know on a national exam,” shares Madame Feldhaus, French teacher. “I am very proud of them for their accomplishments and am looking forward to what they will do next year!” 

Other Summit students competed at various levels and were awarded Honorable Mention certificates: 

  • Nick Carle ‘23 
  • Alaina Fisher ‘23 
  • Grant Gerhardt ‘21 
  • Lavina Grzymajlo ‘23 
  • Maya Hajjar ‘23 
  • Chloe Lane ‘23 
  • Camille Nicholson ‘23 
  • CJ Replogle ‘22 
  • Olivia Stapleton ‘23 
  • Tony Zhang ‘22 

According to the Executive Council of the AATF, the purpose of the contest goes far beyond receiving national recognition; it provides a solid class activity and a national guide to help teachers determine how their students perform, item by item, based upon major grammatical concepts, reading comprehension, aural comprehension and cultural topics.