NHPS Win 51 Medals at Foreign Langauge Poetry Contest

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
 
 
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NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN 51 MEDALS AT STATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE POETRY CONTEST


                 New Haven Public School students recently won 51 medals at a statewide foreign language poetry contest.
 
 
                 A total of 164 New Haven language students from 15 city middle and high schools competed in the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers’ Poetry Recitation Contest on April 27 in Burlington. Contestants were from 69 Connecticut schools.
 
 
                 The contest tests students’ ability to memorize and recite poetry in a foreign language. Poems in 18 languages were recited at the contest. Students could compete in a language they are studying or speak at home.
 
 
                 “I’m so proud of our students for their stellar showing in this contest,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said.
 
 
                  Foreign Languages Supervisor Dr. Karen deFur said, “This event shows the success and the richness of our foreign language programs -- as well as celebrating the diversity of home languages spoken in New Haven. Our students competed in 14 world languages including English as a second language. I am especially proud that we won the most medals in Arabic, one of our newer programs.”
 
 
                  Students won 12 medals in Arabic; 10 in Spanish; 7 in English as a second language; 5 in Chinese; 3 each in Hebrew and Italian; 2 each in French, Korean and Modern Greek and 1 each in German, Hindi, Portuguese, Japanese and Latin.
 
     The winners by school were:
 
·         Hill Regional Career High School (8 medals)
·         Coop Arts and Humanities High School (2 medals)
·         Davis Street Magnet School (1 medal)
·         Fair Haven Middle School (9 medals)
·         Hillhouse High School (3 medals)
·         HSC (1 medal)
·         John C. Daniels Magnet School (2 medals)
·         King Robinson International Baccalaureate School (1 medal)
·         Mauro Sheridan Magnet School (3 medals)
·         Nathan Hale (1 medal)
·         Sound High School (3 medals)
·         Wilbur Cross (14 medals)
·         Worthington Hooker (3 medals)