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SJS Wins First Place at Texas French Symposium

Félicitations! SJS French students won first place at this year’s Texas French Symposium competition, bringing one of its biggest teams yet to the remotely hosted event. 

Participation was at its strongest ever, with 38 participants who submitted 40 videos and eight hand-drawn comic strips penned in French. This year’s contest was held remotely, meaning that all recitations and performances were submitted as videos, and only the comics were submitted on paper. The win came despite February’s historic freeze, which fell during a crucial week for preparations and practice right before the submission date.
This 50+-year-old competition and cultural event is a statewide competition for high school students of French. Students compete in a variety of academic, cultural, and artistic categories including digital media, vocal and instrumental music, theatrical monologues, poetry and prose recitations, and comic strip illustrations.

Mavericks swept the Comic competition, with five first-place winners: Seniors Charlotte Gillard (experienced), Noura Jabir and Bailey Maierson (level 5/6); Sophomore Kacey Chapman (level 3); and freshmen Mia Hong, Yasmin Stein (level 2) and Jerry Zhang (level 1). Judges singled out Charlotte Gillard’s comic, Le Fantasme de Macron, for best overall entry.

First-place medalists in the performance categories include Isabella Diaz-Mia for prose recitation (level 3); Karli Fisher for Vocal Solo; and Romit Kundagrami, Carys LeBlanc and Adriana Torres Li-Ning for poetry recitation in levels 5, 1 and 3 respectively.Four Mavericks placed among the top-10 overall point scorers at the Competition: Seniors Noura Jabir and Rachel Hecht and freshmen Mia Hong and Jerry Zhang.

Upper School French teachers Elizabeth Willcutt and Shelley Stein ‘88 ran the SJS operation this year along with much help from Symposium officers Romit Kundagrami and Ana Miro.

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