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Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana

French Students Earn National Ranking

French Students Ranked Nationally

   Jenna McCrorie, Natasha Johnson, Evan Kohler and Katelyn Smigaj of Glacier High School in Kalispell, Montana have ranked nationally in the 82nd annual event, according to Lisa Narug, National Director of Le Grand Concours.  Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French.   More than 78,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event.

  Junior Jenna McCrorie ranked 1st in the state and 13th in the nation, the highest level ever attained by a School District Five student. She will receive a silver medal from the national office.  Junior Natasha Johnson ranked 2nd in the state and 18th in the nation and sophomore Evan Kohler and junior Katelyn Smigaj both ranked 1st in the state and 9th in the nation in their respective levels. All three students will receive bronze medals from the national office. Sophomores Whitney Levanen and Brodyn Whaley, juniors Caitlyn Goeman, Elijah Boyd, Carlos Cubria de Gorostegui, Brigham Pitts, Meredith Miele, Abigail Roston, Raphael Russell, Kedryn McElderry, Garrett Hill and senior Kajia Coziahr also achieved national rank (50th percentile or above) and will receive a Certificat d’Honneur from the national office. All of the participants are students of Mrs. Stephanie Hill.

   In addition to boasting sixteen nationally ranked students, Glacier High School had 44 students who ranked in the top ten in the state of Montana in their respective levels. In the French 2A level, Glacier had 17 students place in the top ten: 1st place sophomore Evan Kohler and junior Katelyn Smigaj, 2nd place sophomore Whitney Levanen, 3rd place sophomore Brodyn Whaley, 4th place juniors Caitlyn Goeman and Elijah Boyd, 5th place sophomore Taylor Powell, 6th place senior Riley Wilton and sophomore Shonie Overturf, 7th place sophomores Connor Griffin, Julissa Maldonado and Brooklyn Lamers, 9th place sophomores Olivia Whitfield and Andrew Lorenc, 10th place sophomores Ashley Chapman and Olivia Kalvig and senior Emily Kern.

   In the French 3A level, Glacier had 12 students place in the top ten: 1st place junior Jenna McCrorie, 2nd place junior Natasha Johnson, 3rd place junior Brigham Pitts, 4th place junior Meredith Miele, 5th place juniors Abigail Roston and Raphael Russell, 6th place juniors Kedryn McElderry and Garrett Hill, 7th place senior Kajia Coziahr, 8th place senior Shay Reynolds and junior Ethan Sapp, and 9th place junior Joseph Vanden-Bos.

   In the French 5A level, Glacier had 15 students place in the top ten: 1st place junior Carlos Cubria de Gorostegui, 2nd place senior Jordan Steffen, 3rd place junior Jamison Seymour, 4th place sophomore Marija Abadzic and senior Alexandra Wright, 5th place senior Sidney Whitlock, 6th place senior Madison Armstrong, 7th place seniors Brandon Ly, Rachel Maher, and Tyler Brockman, 8th place seniors Corinne Bernheim, Anna Cecil, and Libby Hill, 9th place senior Nathan Lorenc, and 10th place senior Kendall Warner.

   “French students who rank nationally in Le Grand Concours demonstrate a superior level of global responsibility, integrative cultural competence, language skills, and commitment to excellence and dedication. They significantly increase their community’s international profile. Their French teachers, whom they honor, work hard to produce responsible world citizens with multilingual capabilities. Le Grand Concours participants and winners all embrace an appreciation for other cultures, strive to continually learn and improve, and value the study of French. We are very proud of them and admire their commitment to both contributing to a better world and serving as exceptional ambassadors for their schools.’ AATF President Catherine Danièlou indicated.




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