Posted on March 12, 2019 in Articles
In January, Beaumont members of La Société Honoraire de Français (French National Honor Society) participated in the 2019 National French Creative Writing Contest. Their essays competed against hundreds of essays submitted by their peers from the other 73 chapters across the US and Canada. We just received word from the national headquarters of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) that entries submitted by Beaumont seniors, NATALIE MARCH and BRIDGET SPOLAR were selected as two of the three NATIONAL WINNERS (French 4&5 high school division) and are awarded the 2019 Société Honoraire de Français Creative Writing Award. Natalie’s paper, entitled “Toujours ma soeur, toujours mon amie /Always my sister, forever my friend” was inspired by the impressionist painting L'hortensia by Berthe Morisot. Bridget found inspiration for her paper “Délaissée/Left Behind” in the impressionist painting Deux Danseuses by Edgar Degas.
In addition to cash prizes and medals, the students’ entries will be published in L’Élan, the national journal of the AATF/SHF.
In her congratulatory letter, the contest coordinator, Abbe Guillet, writes “We were delighted by the creativity of their entries, as well as the high caliber of the writing, It was a pleasure to read the imaginative essays and we extend our congratulations to Natalie and Bridget for this accomplishment…We would like to add our own compliments to their instructor, John-Michael Langa for encouraging his students to participate in this national writing contest, this year and in past years. Another year, another win for Beaumont School, very impressive!”
The AATF sponsors two national writing competitions every year. In the past seven years Beaumont has earned national recognition twelve times, ten of which were first place awards! Congratulations!