|HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HEAD TO SLU FOR ANNUAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE FESTIVAL
HAMMOND -- More than 600 high
school students from two dozen public and private high schools in southeast
Louisiana will gather at Southeastern Louisiana University April 6 for
the university’s 22nd annual Foreign Language Festival.
Students will test their skills
in Spanish and French by competing in poetry, prose and extemporaneous
speaking categories as well as music and plays. Festival competition will
take place in the Southeastern University Center and will conclude with
an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. First, second and third place prizes will
be awarded to individuals, while “Best Overall School” awards will also
Highlights include the popular
talent show at 9 a.m., featuring groups from Archbishop Rummel High School,
De La Salle High School, Mount Carmel Academy, and Destrehan High School,
and a performance by the Southeastern Gospel Choir.
“The festival has become such
a great event for the schools because of the excitement of the competition,
but also because they love coming to Southeastern,”said festival director
and foreign languages professor Luz Escobar. “Every year we begin receiving
phone calls about the festival well before we can even send the invitations
to the schools.”
Escobar said approximately 30
Southeastern students, many of them foreign languages majors, will assist
with the festival. “This is an invaluable experience for these students
who are exposed to the languages they are learning, and have the opportunity
to talk with teachers about instruction and the learning process at the
high school level, and to pass Southeastern spirit to our guests,” Escobar
said. She said six students will also be among the festival’s 30 judges.
Participating schools include
Albany High School, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Archbishop Rummel
High School, Brother Martin High School, Catholic High School, Central
High School, De La Salle High School, Destrehan High School, Donaldsonville
High School, Episcopal High School, Grace King High School, Hahnville High
School, Hammond High School, Immaculata High School, John Ehret High School,
Live Oak High School, Mandeville High School, Mount Carmel Academy, Ridgewood
Preparatory School, St. Joseph High School, The St. Paul’s School, St.
Scholastic Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas and Ursuline Academy.
For additional information about
the festival contact Escobar at 985-549-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.