Corinne M-W. comes in 1st place for Alliance Francaise de Buffalo Excellence in High School French Studies Competition

Senior Corinne M-W. had an exciting day at the Alliance Francaise de Buffalo Excellence in High School French Studies Competition where she came in First Place. The competition, held at the University of Buffalo on March 16, was a Dictee where a fluent French speaker says an excerpt and the students competing have to transcribe what was said exactly. The literature that was used for this competition was the French version of “The Little Prince”.

Corinne said that the hardest part of the competition was, “transcribing words with the correct spelling because depending on the context, two different conjugations of a word can sound the same as each other.” Corinne felt nervous going into the competition, but after, she felt good about herself. She took away from the competition that, “it’s best to try to do something that you have no certainty that you will do well in than to remain stagnant and afraid of putting yourself out there.”

Corrine has a special talent for foreign language, taking both French and Spanish at the same time. Her French teacher, Beth Jeswald, says that foreign language is one of her passions, and that she has a natural talent for it. Corinne talked about how she loves languages because they are a “living collection of the cultural and historical conditions in which they exist, and how those conditions have changed over time.”

Corrine will be honored at the University of Buffalo’s commencement ceremony on May 17, 2019.   
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