Local students win honors at language contest

Some 275 high school students from across Western North Carolina gathered at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center on Tuesday, March 12, to test their knowledge of French and Spanish in the university’s 31st annual Foreign Language Contest.

The competition was sponsored by WCU’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Individuals and teams competed in the categories of music, skits, quiz bowl, native speaker Spanish quiz bowl, show and tell, poetry recitations, how-to, and extemporaneous speaking.

Students, faculty and staff from the modern foreign languages department, along with volunteers from other departments on campus, served as judges.

Participating high schools included Andrews, Carolina Day, East Henderson, Franklin, Henderson County Early College, North Henderson, Tuscola and West Henderson.

Winning students and schools are

French music: First, Tuscola; second, East Henderson; third, Carolina Day.

Spanish music: First, Franklin; second, North Henderson; third, West Henderson.

French skits: First, East Henderson; second, Carolina Day; third, Tuscola.

Spanish skits: First, North Henderson; second, Carolina Day; third, West Henderson.

French show and tell: First, Martin Zavala, East Henderson; second, Brandon Garcia, East Henderson; third, Kourtney McCarthy, West Henderson.

Spanish show and tell: First, Locke Curtis, Carolina Day; second, Lauren Gandy, Henderson County Early College; third, Cathy Kennedy, Carolina Day.

French how-to: First, Eliza Vanwye, Carolina Day; second, Jacquelynn Marten, East Henderson; third, Beau Muse, Tuscola.

Spanish how-to: First, Erin Asuncion, Henderson County Early College; second, Suhani Gupta, Carolina Day; third, Megan Massie, Tuscola.

Spanish extemporaneous speaking (level 3): First, Victoria Black, West Henderson; second, Megan Jameson, Tuscola; third, Kaitlyn Blanken, East Henderson.

Spanish extemporaneous speaking (level 4): First, Brittany Gordon, East Henderson; second, Alexander Youngblood, Carolina Day; third, Garrett Bentz, Carolina Day.

Spanish poetry recitation: First, Marissa Pace, North Henderson; second, Hannah McLeod, Tuscola; third, Ellie Gillon, West Henderson.

Spanish native speaker poetry recitation: First, Jackie Antiveros, West Henderson; second Abigail Martin, Tuscola; third, Bianca Figueroa, North Henderson.

French quiz bowl: First, East Henderson; second, Franklin; third, Tuscola.

Spanish quiz bowl: First, Carolina Day; second, Franklin; third, North Henderson.

Spanish native speaker quiz bowl: First, Tuscola; second, East Henderson; third, North Henderson.