EHS reclaims Congrès `Cecilia' trophy


Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:41 p.m.

For the 11th time in 13 years. Eastside High School's French Team took overall first place in the Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride, held in Orlando.

The team, made up of 20 students from all grade levels at Eastside, received 20 out of a possible 24 ratings of Superior, soundly defeating their nearest rival, Pine View of Sarasota, by seven points.

Teachers Pat Killian and Joanne Boccadifuoco are veteran winners of the competition. "This year's team was fabulous," reported Boccadifuoco, "Every student was a pleasure to work with because of their dedication to French and the team." Team members, as well as teachers, spent many hours after school to prepare for the tournament. From late November until the competition, daily practices are a feature of life.\

Heather Tran-Son-Tay, a sophomore team member, said, "Congrès is so much fun. The team had a great bonding experience and so many memories were made. I can't wait until next year to do it again."

With the first-place win, Eastside was able to reclaim the trophy, nicknamed "Cecilia," which is passed around each year to the winning school. Individuals also received ribbons to indicate their accomplishments. Three senior finalists from Eastside received special awards reflecting their long-term involvement with the study of French and their overall academic achievement. Victoria Brown and Mischa Feldstein each received $500 scholarships and Namita Bhardwaj received a four-week trip to France.

This year's team was made up of freshmen Miorel Palii, Aja Ricketts, Megan Foran and Dhyana Sankar; sophomores Heather Tran-Son-Tay, Amritha Alladi, Alyssa Yoon, Eleanor Ray, Jennifer Brown and Edwin Chen; juniors: Alejandra Ellison-Barnes, Alice Shyy, Bo Li and Nancy Thebaut; and seniors Ofri Katz, Namita Bhardwaj, Sherry Xia, Mischa Feldstein, Tyson Kubota and Victoria Brown.

At the competition there are five individual categories and four team categories.

Individual categories, each of which has five separate skill levels, include: vocabulary, impromptu speaking, reading comprehension and poetry recitation.

The team categories include skit, play, scrapbook and brain-bowl.

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