The 32nd annual Foreign Language Festival at Southeastern Louisiana University drew schools from surrounding parishes to compete in Spanish and French poetry, prose and extemporaneous speaking categories and as groups in music and plays.

Mount Carmel took top honors in Tier 1, the division for magnet schools and schools with more than 600 students, while the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts garnered the highest award for Tier 2, schools with fewer than 600 students.

Best School in Spanish was Northlake Christian School, and best school in French was Mount Carmel Academy.

In the French music category, winners were St. Scholastica Academy, first; Academy of Our Lady, second; and the International High School of New Orleans, third. In the French play category, John Ehret High School was first; Mount Carmel Academy, second; and St. Scholastica, third.

Spanish music winners were St. Paul’s School, first; John Ehret High School, second; and Archbishop Chapelle High School, third. In the Spanish play category, Northlake Christian School was first; the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, second; and John Ehret High School, third.

Two students received special festival awards. Talia Ambrose, of the International High School of New Orleans, received the CODOFIL Award, a summer study abroad scholarship presented by the French community of Belgium. Andrew John Bevolo IV, of Christ Episcopal School and the first-place winner for Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking IV, was awarded a Mexican cruise leaving from New Orleans. The cruise to Mexico will afford Bevolo the opportunity to practice his Spanish-speaking skills.

Individual winners include:

Jefferson Parish

Academy of Our Lady: Quynh-Anh Vo, French Extemporaneous Speaking I, second.

Archbishop Chapelle High School: Grace Fourmaux, French Poetry I, first; Sophia Kass, French Poetry II, first; Taylor Sparacello, French Extemporaneous Speaking III, third; Mary Poirier, Spanish Prose I, third; Iris Medal, Spanish Poetry – Native Speaker, third.

John Ehret High School: Jennifer Quan, French Prose II, first; Kayla Richoux, French Prose IV, second; Pedro Gutuerrez, French Extemporaneous Speaking II, second; Vivian Vo, French Prose III, third; Gabrielle Rodrigue, French Poetry I, third; Mi Nguyen, French Poetry II, third; Miguel Solis Espejo, French Extemporaneous Speaking I, third; Kamryn Roberts, Spanish Poetry I, second.

Orleans Parish

De La Salle High School: Valentina Carrillo, French Extemporaneous Speaking IV, second; Rodolfo Molina, Spanish Poetry – Native Speaker, second; Sophia Perez, Spanish Poetry I, third; Hannah Johnson Wilson, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking II, third.

International School of New Orleans: Lucia Hughes, French Prose IV, first; Evelyn Aguilar, French Poetry III, first; Talia Ambrose, French Extemporaneous Speaking IV, first; Jamal Freeman, French Prose I, second; Tristin Silman, French Prose II, third; Michael Fernandez, French Extemporaneous Speaking II, third; Bayron Chavez, Spanish Prose – Native Speaker, first; Angelita Tello, Spanish Poetry – Native Speaker, first; Yolanda Andrade, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking – Native Speaker, first; Rachel Charbonnet, Spanish Prose III, third; Alex Retzlaff, Spanish Prose IV, third; Jesica Joseph, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking I, third; Michael Kuckyr, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking IV, third.

Mount Carmel Academy: Natalie Naquin, French Prose I, first; Kirstie Freibert, French Prose III, first; Cari Jane Roussel, French Extemporaneous Speaking I, first; Shelby Dwyer, French Extemporaneous Speaking III, first; Grace Koehler, French Prose II, second; Emily Schneider, French Poetry I, second; Sabrina Langlois, French Poetry III, second; Alexia Tadros, French Prose IV, third; Kelly Lewis, French Poetry IV, third; Megan Davenport, Spanish Prose III, first; Claire Bourgeois, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking I, first; Alexis Gagnon, Spanish Poetry II, second; Catherine Pellerin, Spanish Poetry IV, second; Alexis Aviles, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking II, second; Natalie Failla, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking IV, second; Sariah DeGarmo, Spanish Prose II, third; Brennan Nugent, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking III, third.