MOBILE, Ala. -- Students in two Mobile County public magnet schools scored among the top in the nation on this spring’s administration of the National French Exam, or Le Grand Concours.
Six students at Clark-Shaw magnet school in west Mobile ranked in the Top 10 nationwide. And 15 students at Phillips Preparatory in midtown Mobile ranked in the Top 10.
“As a French teacher I feel like this is a neat thing to happen in your career - to have a student do that well,” said Clark-Shaw teacher Sondra Maniatis. “I am extremely proud of these students who have worked very hard for this achievement. I think they’re awesome.”
The test, administered in March, has 70 questions. Students who got all 70 questions right are ranked No. 1. Students who got 69 questions right are ranked No. 2. Students who got 68 questions right are ranked No. 3, and so on.
About 95,000 students nationwide took the National French Exam, which is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.
Nationwide, only 69 students ranked No. 1, and only 207 ranked No. 2.
At Clark-Shaw, a total of 11 students took the test, according to Maniatis. Six scored in the Top 10:
• Will Browning ranked No. 2.
• Lia Valdez ranked No. 4.
• Carley Waggoner ranked No. 7.
• Dubray McNeil ranked No. 9.
• Cody Dukes and Brittany Glenn tied for a No. 10 national ranking.
• All of these students are considered national laureates and ranked within the top ten in the state of Alabama.
Phillips has a tradition of keeping the students’ scores a secret until an awards ceremony coming up in a couple of weeks. But teacher Angela Kennedy shared this information:
• Fifty-nine seventh-graders and 48 eighth-graders took the test.
• One eighth-grader ranked No. 2.
• One seventh-grader and 13 eighth-graders ranked between No. 4 and No. 10.
• Twenty seventh-graders and 27 eighth-graders received the Certificat d’honneur for performing in the 80th percentile on the test, meaning they scored higher than 80 percent of students nationwide who took the test.
“We are so proud of our students at Phillips Preparatory School, and we are looking forward to announcing the names of the winners during the upcoming Honors Day Ceremony,” Kennedy said.
These local students can take French 1 in middle school and receive high school credit. The test, Maniatis said, “is a great way for students to know how they’re performing with respect to students across the country.
Comments on "Clark, Phillips students rank nationally on French Exam"
Congratulations to Dr. Kennedy and her French students at Phillips Preparatory! As a fellow educator and a parent of one of her former students, it is so exciting to teach with a young teacher who inspires students to develop a work ethic that reaches across all disciplines. I am so proud of our students who reap the benefits of having her as a teacher and for many years to come.