National level winners in the Le Concours French Competition are Opale Schappert, left, and Esperanza Tapia. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School students Opale Schappert and Esperanza Tapia placed third and nineth respectively in the 2014 Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of French Teachers.
Twenty LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile. In addition to the two national winners, Aneesh Pawar, Faith Koh, Trevor Nickless, Cade Mallett, Eliseanne Koskelo, Ariel Rawls, Emma Phillips and Rebecca Cai ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter. Other participants were Kaelan Prime, Isabelle Lakis, Katelyn Skeen, Julia O’Brien, Connor Bailey, Zoe Tauxe, Leslie Thalmann, Max Hermann, Brenda Ramos and Tristen Roach.
“Le Grand Concours is a 60-minute national competition designed to further interest in the teaching and learning of French,” Foliot-Gentile said. “It helps to identify and reward the achievements of French students. I am very proud of the 20 LAHS students who participated in the competition.”
To rank nationally, students had to score in the top 10 for their level and division. Nearly 100,000 students entered this year’s national competition.