St. Louis-area high schoolers honored for foreign language skills
All those hours studying a foreign language have paid off for a group of area high school students who were honored for their achievements by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Twenty-four high school students from the greater St. Louis metro area received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Languages at a recognition dinner held on March 21 in the Millennium Student Center on UMSL’s North Campus. This is the first year the honors were bestowed.
“The goal of our event is to celebrate the study of foreign languages and encourage students to continue this pursuit at the university level,” said Ron Yasbin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The award recognizes high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics and languages, as well as participation in foreign language-related activities and studies.
Students, their parents and teachers were treated to dinner and a performance by the 29-member Lindbergh High School (Sappington, Mo.) Strolling Strings.
Guests were read a congratulatory letter from the Consulate General of France in Chicago. They heard comments from Jorge Riopedre of the UMSL Leadership Council and executive director of Casa De Salud. UMSL Poet Laureate Jennifer Goldring read aloud an original poem she crafted.
The keynote speaker was Jordi Prats, a senior executive from the Maritz Company.
Recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Languages are:
Affton High School
Belleville East High School
Christian Brothers College High School
Crossroads College Prep. School
Duchesne High School
Edwardsville High School
Eureka High School
Fox Senior High School
Francis Howell North High School
Kirkwood High School
Lindbergh High School
Lutheran South High School
Marquette High School
Mary Madeline Willis
Nerinx Hall High School
Oakville High School
Parkway South High School
Rockwood Summit High School
Rosati-Kain High School
Diva Lucia Norton
Saint Louis Priory
T. J. Niemann
St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
Trinity Catholic High School
University City High School
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Madeleine Louise Swanstrom
Washington High School
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