Three Villa Maria French students were awarded medals for their participation in Le Grand Concours (The National French Contest) sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) on Tuesday, May 12 at Chestnut Hill College. Lauren O’Donnell, level 2, placed 4th locally and 6th nationally, and received a gold medal. Bronze medals were awarded to Cecilia McCormick, level 3, who placed 15th locally and 18th nationally, and Samantha DiBona, level 2, who placed 12th locally and 14th nationally. Several other students received Honorable Mention certificates.
Three thousand students from public and private schools in the Philadelphia area participated. The contest is celebrating its 80th year.