CT COLT Announces the Winner of the 2014 Essay Contest
Announcement of the Winner of the 2014 Essay Contest
This year CT COLT conducted the third annual WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST. For 2014, high school students considered the following quotation by Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Keeping the above quote in mind, students were also tasked with describing how the study of another language has made them a better communicator, by considering published research on the subject and incorporating personal experiences. A committee of four (4) CT COLT members reviewed almost 40 essays submitted by world language students from various high schools around Connecticut. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all student writers and their teachers for participating in this year’s contest, for providing their points of view and for advocating for the study of world languages.
The task of reviewing and evaluating the essays was not an easy one. This year’s essays offered very compelling reasons and insight as to why the study of world languages is essential in the 21st century, exemplified by many personal perspectives and life experiences both in and out of classroom, here in the US and abroad. In reading the essays, it is evident that the study of world languages benefits many students across Connecticut, facilitated by the hard work and dedication of their teachers. In many different ways, writers demonstrated why communication and the understanding of another culture are essential, in our diverse society and in an increasingly-globalized world. Lastly, what is new for this year’s contest is that all students who submitted essays will be receiving a Certificate of Participation.
This year’s committee is proud to announce that the winner of the 2014 CT COLT WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST is Abigail Beech from Wilbur Cross High School. The committee applauds Ms. Beech for her beautifully-written essay which references numerous documented facts, all the while framed by a powerful and compelling voice. She eloquently writes about the importance of communication and cross-cultural understanding in various contexts.
We are pleased to present Abigail with a $50 award. In addition, we are happy to provide her teacher, Ms. Angeliki Giannopoulos, with a $50 Carlex voucher. Once again, we thank all student and teacher participants in this year’s contest and look forward to the fourth Essay Contest in 2015. Please click HERE to download a copy of Abigail’s winning essay.
John R. Rook and Christine Dombrowski, Co-Chairs for the 2014 CT COLT Essay Contest
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