UAM Hosts High School Foreign Languages Contest Festival

By Merrell Miles
Staff Writer

Isabel Bacon, Assistant Professor of Spanish, hosted the High School Foreign Languages Contest Festival Saturday, March 28 in the Memorial Classroom Building on the University of Arkansas-Monticello campus. Students from surrounding schools competed in many categories in both Spanish and French. Some of the categories included: poetry, extemporaneous speaking, and art.

tv_News 10dbDelta Zeta Epsilon President Grace Wellborn, a senior Modern Languages major at UAM, said the festival is about more than just foreign languages.

“I love that UAM holds the foreign language festival because it’s an opportunity for our youth to be rewarded for taking an interest in other languages. With understanding other languages comes understanding other cultures, and I hope and believe that the more we as a people strive to understand and accept other cultures the more unified and peaceful our world will be,” said Wellborn.

During the festival, some Delta Zeta Epsilon members sold refreshments to raise money for Heifer International, and others judged the competitions.

Carly Curry, a sophomore Modern Languages major, said, “The festival is beneficial because it promotes the spread of languages throughout southeast Arkansas. It encourages students to learn effectively if they know that they will compete against other schools in the region and even in the state level. My favorite part of the festival was getting to interact with the students. They were all really nice.”

While the students were not competing, they were able to visit the arts and crafts room, the dance room, the Bingo room, and the Japanese room. A UAM intermediate Spanish 1 student instructed students about a cultural dance.

The contest, which began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted throughout the day, opened opportunities for students from Hamburg, Monticello, and other surrounding areas.

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