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    Student entry in the 2018 world languages poster contest

    PWCS First Middle and High School Poster Contest Celebrating National Foreign Language Week Winners Announced

    Schools celebrate National Foreign Language Week each year by organizing a variety of school-wide activities that showcase the language diversity of their school communities and integrate the world languages studied in their schools. This year the World Language Program piloted the first PWCS poster contest based on the National Foreign Language theme: "Languages lead us on a path to understanding other cultures."

    National Foreign Language Week was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957 by Alpha Mu Gamma. Alpha Mu Gamma is the first and largest national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States to recognize exceptional achievements in all foreign/world languages, including American Sign Language.

    The National Executive Council of Alpha Mu Gamma began to formulate plans to make the United States aware of the need for and importance of foreign language study through the celebration of NFLW. The first celebration was set for the week of February 17 to 23, 1957. In recent years it has become the practice to have NFLW during the first full week of March. On December 12, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a telegram endorsing the celebration, and each succeeding president has added his support. Enjoy the link to the messages of our presidents:

    The Alpha Mu Gamma historically creates the annual NFLW theme and publishes an annual national poster symbolizing its message. A committee of PWCS world language middle and high school teachers coordinated by Carol Bass, supervisor, decided to initiate a student poster contest allowing any student studying one of the 10 languages offered to use their language and art skills to represent the theme.

    Contest rules: required the use of the target language or the language of study in the theme title and message, had to be 22 X 28 in size, and allowed for various media for their original artistic representations. Judges included three retired Art and world language leaders: Debbie Barnard, retired Visual Arts Coordinator K-12 for PWCS, Karen Garon, retired high school Spanish teacher and department chair of Hylton High School, and Alexandra Rustan, retired French and Spanish middle and high school teacher and department chair and specialty program coordinator of Lake Ridge Middle School.

    We are proud to announce the winners for this year's contest:

    High school winners were: First place, Maame Serwaa Agyemang, Colgan High School, sponsoring teacher, Monica Camazón; second place, Elisa Clark, Potomac High School, sponsoring teacher, Nicolle Durant; and third place, Caitlin Rogan, of Forest Park High School, sponsoring teacher, Andrea Gonzalez Castro.

    Middle school winners were: first place, Paveet Cheema, Bull Run Middle School, sponsoring teacher, Jamie Arredondo; second place, Maksim Andreev, Pennington Traditional School, sponsoring teacher Lida Lowe; and third place, Simran Patibanda, of Graham Park Middle School, sponsoring teacher, Maria Giudici.

    Student winners will receive a certificate of recognition, a gold, silver, or bronze medal, and they and their teachers will be honored at an upcoming School Board meeting.

    Student entry in the 2018 world languages poster contest