Saturday, March 2, Greenville High School French students competed in the Fête Française at Plano Senior High in Plano, Texas. The Fête is produced by the North Texas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. Twenty-two schools fielded more than 650 students to compete in both academic and cultural events.
GHS French 1 students earned first place in Dramatic Scene with their version of “Chaperone Rouge” (Little Red Riding Hood). Rachel Rice, a sophomore, portrayed Chaperone Rouge, Sara Kluttz, a freshman, played the Loup (Wolf), Michayla Martin, a sophomore, was the Garde Forestier (the Woodsman), Stephanie Schuessler, a freshman, the Mère (Mother), and Leslie Osornnio, a freshman, the double roles of narrator and the Grandmère (Grandmother). Also Mlle Rice won third place in the Memorized Poetry event. She recited Jacques Prévert’s “Page d’Écriture”.
In addition, GHS French students received third place in Dramatic Scene for their rendition of “La Belle et la Bête” (Beauty and the Beast). Daisy Benitez, a sophomore, performed as Belle and Jonathan Rea, a sophomore, played the Bête. Other players included Rosalba Castillo, a sophomore, as Papa, Stephani McCarthy as Soeur 1 (First Sister) and Vanessa Figueroa, a sophomore, as Soeur 2 (Second Sister).
“I am pleased to see my students rewarded for their efforts,” said Elizabeth Porter, GHS French teacher. “Now we must work harder while looking forward to achieving success at the Texas Foreign Languages Symposium at the University in Commerce in late March.”