The National French Contest, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), produced 53 chapter and 15 national winners from a pool of more than 400 elementary through high school student entrants from public and private schools in the Wyoming Valley, Milford, Scranton, Pocono, and South Williamsport areas.
The late Dr. Margaret Corgan created the program at King’s in 1969. Since its inception, more than 24,000 students have registered for the test at the College. Corgan, who retired as a member of the King’s faculty in 2012, was former chairperson of the department of foreign languages at King’s and past president of the local chapter.
Continuing a tradition that began in 1977, King’s College hosted a dinner for area national and chapter French contest winners and guests in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center.
Local national winners are: Holy Redeemer: Derek Hamelin and Briana Scorey; Elk Lake High School: Rebecca Warholic; Wyoming Seminary Lower School: Meghna Melkote and Gabrielle Snyder; Wyoming Seminary: Paige Allen, Rebecca Barnes, Jasmine El Boukili, Maygen Kerner, Emily Laurore, Clara Mrkos, Gabriel Pascal, Sukanya Roy, and Dominic Wright.
National winners who also received chapter awards are: Paige Allen, Rebecca Barnes, Jasmine El Boukili, Derek Hamelin, Maygen Kerner, Emily Laurore, Meghna Melkote, Clara Mrkos, Sukanya Roy, Briana Scorey, Gabrielle Snyder, Rebecca Warholic and Dominic Wright.
Local chapter winners are: Crestwood: Kristiana Bowman and Gavin Lewis; Wyoming Seminary Lower School: Beyza Akinci, Parker Callahan, Aishani Chauhan, Elena Fenster, Isabel Hou, Evan Hromisin, Kyle Hromisin, Akhi Khakhar, Jessica Kilyanek, Oliver Lew, Jonah Pascal, Ashley Tarud, Kelly Williams, and Vivian Wright; Wyoming Seminary: Estafania Aburto Lara, Lauren Anderson, Charlotte Brecher, Alyssa Kristeller, Yale Rosin, Katrina Sokolowski, and Brittany Williams.
King's College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross
Wyoming Seminary Lower School winners who attended the awards dinner at King’s College are, seated from left: Akhi Khakhar, Kyle Hromisin, Elena Fenster, Isabel Hou, Vivian Wright, Jonah Pascal, Oliver Lew, and Evan Hromisin. Standing: Beyza Akinci, Ashley Tarud, Gabrielle Snyder, Meghna Melkote, Kelly Williams, Aishani Chauhan, and Parker Callahan.
Local high school French contest winners who attended the awards dinner at King’s College are, seated from left: Wyoming Seminary students Dominic Wright and Sukanya Roy; Kristiana Bowman, Crestwood; Derek Hamelin, Holy Redeemer; Gavin Lewis, Crestwood; Briana Scorey, Holy Redeemer; and Emily Laurore, Wyoming Seminary. Standing: Renee Schwartz, AATF chapter president; Wyoming Seminary students Maygen Kerner, Rebecca Barnes, Estafania Aburto Lara, Paige Allen, Jasmine El Boukili, Alyssa Kristeller, and Clara Mrkos; and Barbara Alfano, AATF secretary treasurer and French contest administrator.