Last week, we held our Le Grand Concours (National French Exam) and National Spanish Exam awards ceremony in the Middle School. A full house of parents watched as we handed out medals to our students in Tenth Age through Eighth Grade. We also held a similar ceremony in front of the entire Middle School for our National Latin Exam winners. Forty-four of our Seventh and Eighth Graders earned recognition for their understanding of Latin and Roman culture.
Tenth Age through Eighth Grade students participated in Le Grand Concours, earning 49 awards. Our students obtained 17 bronze medals, 25 silver medals, six gold medals, and one platinum medal. Eighth Grader, Francesca P. earned a platinum medal, only awarded to those who receive the top scores in the nation. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 70,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2019 event.
Our Spanish students in Fifth Grade through Eighth Grade received a total of 46 medals in the National Spanish Exam. This is the third year that Fifth Graders have taken the Spanish test, and approximately 110,000 students take the Spanish exam. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams. We had 21 bronze medal winners, 16, silver medal winners, and nine gold medal winners.
Over 15,000 students in fifteen countries take the National Latin Exam, including students at Calvert in both Seventh and Eighth Grade. Of our 44 winners, 35 achieved gold medals for Level 1, five students won gold medals and two silver medals for Level 2. One student, Greg E., received a perfect score for Level 1. He was one of 440 out of more than 25,000 who took this exam. The National Latin exam is sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League and evaluates students on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world.
Calvert has a long history of high achievement on these exams. Congratulations to our students, Spanish teachers, French teachers, and Latin teachers.