CT COLT Announces the Winner of the 2013 Essay Contest
Announcement of the Winner of the 2013 Essay Contest
This year CT COLT conducted the second CT COLT WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST. Again, students were invited to write essays explaining why they chose to study world languages, incorporating into their piece both personal and objective, research-based reasons. The main goals were to offer students a voice and to recognize their excellence. A committee of five CT COLT members had the challenging task of reviewing the well over 80 essays submitted by world language students from a variety of high schools in Connecticut.
At this point we would like to take the opportunity to thank all authors and their teachers for participating in the contest, for sharing their points of view and for being such wonderful advocates of world language study. I am also grateful to my fellow CT COLT members on the committee for taking time out of their busy school year to read and evaluate the essays.
The essays offered insight into the many reasons why world language study is necessary in today’s globalized world while also pointing to the diverse personal advantages of world language study. It is clear that world language study touches our students’ lives deeply. The contestants’ powerful voices in support of languages and cultures emphasize the importance of CT COLT’s work in language and culture advocacy.
The winner of the CT COLT WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST 2013 is Hanna Kahlert from the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford. The committee was impressed with the many well-documented facts and Hannah’s overall persuasive voice. We are pleased to present Hanna’s teacher, Ms. Kelly Angileri, with a $50 Carlex voucher to show our appreciation for her work. Please click the detail link below to download a copy of Hanna's winning essay.
Manuela Wagner, Ph.D., Chairperson of the 2013 Essay Contest
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