Zachary French Club attends convention _lowres

Photo provided by Elizabeth Basile -- Zachary High School's French Club of ninth- through 12th-grade students attended the Association Louisianaise des Clubs Français des Ecoles Secondaires convention in Baton Rouge on Feb. 27-29. The ZHS French Club includes, in front, Ethan Sherrer; middle row from left, Nicole Mulkey, Jessica Staggs, Nicolas Gadbois, LeeAnn Law, Kelsey Schwenndiman, Amelia Parrenin, Lama Hantash and Dominique Ferguson; and back row, Michaela Guillot, Wilson Battley, Demetri Juino, Tyrece Wilson, Alvin Henyard and Grady Cunningham.

The French Club at Zachary High School attended a Feb. 27-29 convention hosted by Association Louisianaise des Clubs Français des Ecoles Secondaires.

ALCFES is dedicated to French education and the continuation of the French language in Louisiana, Zachary French teacher Elizabeth Basile said.

While at the convention, 21 ZHS students communicated in French with each other, their teachers and other French Club students from schools throughout the state.

The ALCFES convention included a French spelling bee and vocal competition, games, a banquet, a dance and a visit to the Louisiana State Museum.

The convention wrapped with the presentation of awards and scholarships.

French Club student Jessica Staggs won first place in the spelling bee for correctly spelling l’orthographe.

John Carl Begley, Nicholas Gadbois and LeeAnn Law took second place in the vocal performance competition by singing “Le Bear Song” by Les Hay Babies while playing the bass, guitar and mandolin.

Lama Hantash was elected state secretary of ALCFES and awarded a scholarship to study in a five-week immersion program at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia.

“The students are already looking forward to next year’s ALCFES convention,” Basile said.