In March, DHS French students attended the Association Lousianaise des Clubs Français des Ecoles Secondaires (ALCFES) French Convention in Lafayette, Louisiana.
At the convention, senior Andrea Garces won the scholarship program, which is a competition consisting of an interview and written/audio test in French. Garces earned a $1400 scholarship to study at the University of Mons in Le Mons, Begium this July.
To add to DHS’ success, freshman Emilie Wensel competed in the Spelling Bee and placed 2nd. Juniors Jessica Wallesverd, Brooke Loupe, Riley Daul and Katherine Hill designed the poster for this year’s convention. In addition to competing, students immersed themselves into French-influenced Louisiana culture.
ALCFES is an association of high schools in Louisiana that works toward the development of the French language in the economic, educational, cultural, and professional sectors. For the past 30 years, ALCFES has organized a Student Congress in different cities around the state to bring together students of all levels for a public celebration of French and French knowledge. The congresses are in both English and French with the focus on creating an atmosphere that allows students to display and experience French language skills and Francophone culture.
Adding to Dominican’s success at the convention, freshman Emilie Wensel competed in the Spelling Bee and placed 2nd. In addition to competing, students immersed themselves into French-influenced Louisiana culture.
The annual outing during convention this year was an excursion to Vermillionville, a preserved cajun community just outside of Lafayette. Students participated in a scavenger hunt where they learned about Cajun culture and language, ate gumbo, and learned to Cajun dance to the music of the Grammy award-winning zydeco musician, Chubby Carrier.
This year’s convention was a huge success, according to French teacher Mme. Joan Rupp. “We had a great convention this year,” said Mme. Rupp. “I am quite pleased with the students’ participation and enthusiasm!”
– Jailyn Heisser, Editor-in-Chief