830 students competed at the latest "Congrès de la Culture française en Floride" (CCFF) [fr]
Le Congrès was founded in the fall of 1952 when three French teachers of Jacksonville thought to organise a reunion for students studying French in Florida.
Their aim was to encourage Floridian students to study the French culture and language. The first Congrès took place in April 1953 in the Provencal house of Rollins College with 7 students.
This small gathering eventually grew to a much bigger event which takes place every year in Orlando where the participating students compete in categories such as la lecture (reading comprehension), le discours / causerie (speaking), la déclamation (poetry), and le casse-tête (cultural trivia). In recent years, more than 800 students from all around Florida got together to compete at this annual event.
This year confirmed the success of the competition with 830 students that participated from 41 different High schools of Florida!
Prizes range from scholarship awards to free summer trips to France.
Thus, this year’s laureates are Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Bradenton who earns a free journey to Avignon and Harmony High School Saint Cloud who gets a complimentary trip to Biarritz.
The 2014 Congrès de la Culture Française took place from March 13th to the 15th.
For more information, contact Mme Jeannie Clark (President’s Sponsor) at:
Harmony High School
2601 Arthur J. Gallagher Blvd.
Harmony, Florida 34771
Article published on March 24, 2014.