Northlake Christian School is first in Spanish play competition _lowres

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- Students from St. Tammany Parish were among the winners at the Foreign Language Festival held at Southeastern Louisiana University in March. From left are Aixa Crespo, of Pope John Paul II; Alex Oliveri and Andrew Norlin, of St. Paul's School; Hannah Watts, Courtney Mongrue, and Gave Sigl, of Northlake Christian School; Emily Ruli, of St. Scholastica Academy; and Christina Ryan, of Fontainebleau Junior High School.

The 33rd annual Foreign Language Festival at Southeastern Louisiana University drew schools from across the state to compete in Spanish and French poetry, prose, and extemporaneous speaking categories and as groups in music and plays.

In the Spanish play category, Northlake Christian School was first; The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, second; and Pope John Paul II, third.

In the French play category, winners were Mount Carmel Academy, first; and St. Scholastica Academy, second.

Individual winners from Christ Episcopal School were: Eleonor Miles, Spanish Prose III, second; Martha Ann Croxton, Spanish Prose IV, second; Cove Geary, Spanish Poetry IV, second; and Emmett McComiskey, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking III; second.

Christina Ryan of Fontainebleau Junior High School placed first in the category of Spanish poetry–native speaker.

Individual winners from Northlake Christian School were Courtney Mongrue, Spanish Prose I, first; Gabe Sigl, Spanish Prose II, first; Hannah Watts, Spanish Poetry II, first; Andrea Davie, Spanish prose–native speaker, second; and Maegan Golenor, Spanish Poetry I, third.

Individual winners from Pope John Paul II were: Hope Bruster, French music, third; and Aixa Crespo, Spanish prose–native speaker, first, and Spanish Poetry I, first.

Individual winners from St. Paul’s School were: Alexander Oliveri, Spanish Poetry III, first; Andrew Norlin, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking III, first; Nicholas Woodman, Spanish Poetry I, second; Matthew Borgatti, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking II, second; Ethan Desforges, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking IV, second; Stephan Van Zant, Spanish Prose IV, third; Ealon Boudreaux, Spanish Poetry II, third; Patrick Stewart, Spanish Poetry IV, third; and Adrian Miller, Spanish extemporaneous speaking–native speaker, third.

Individual winners from St. Scholastica Academy were: Sara Breaux, French Prose IV, second; Grace Dumdaw, French Poetry I, second; Morgan Ducorbier, French Poetry III, second; Veronica Jimenez, French Extemporaneous Speaking I, second; Blaze D’Amico, French Extemporaneous Speaking IV, second; Emily Gaffney, French Prose I, third; Alexa McMullen, French Prose II, third; Isabelle Pellegrini, French Prose III, third; Samantha Vogt, French Poetry IV, third; Alison Curl, French Extemporaneous Speaking II, third; Grace Galeziewski, French Extemporaneous Speaking III, third; Emily Ruli, Spanish music, first; Alex Amadeo, Spanish prose–native speaker, third; and Mary Margaret Crawford, Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking I, third.

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.

The best school in Spanish was The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, and best school in French was Mount Carmel Academy.