Winners announced for PWCS first middle, high school poster contest Celebrating National Foreign Language Week
Posted on 05/18/2018
Paveneet Cheema, BRMS First place winnerThis year the World Languages Program piloted the first PWCS middle and high school poster contest based on the National Foreign Language Week theme: “Languages lead us on a path to understanding other cultures.” Schools celebrate National Foreign Language Week each spring by organizing a variety of school-wide activities that showcase the language diversity of their school communities and the world languages studied in their schools.

A committee of PWCS teachers, coordinated by Carol Bass, supervisor, initiated a student poster contest allowing any student studying one of the 10 languages offered in PWCS to use their language and art skills to represent the theme. Contest rules required the use of the target language or the language of study in the theme title and written messages, and to follow other graphic parameters.

Judges included three retired PWCS leaders: Debbie Barnard, PWCS K-12 visual arts coordinator; Karen Garon, department chair and Spanish teacher at Hylton High School; and Alexandra Rustan, department chair and specialty program coordinator and French and Spanish teacher at Lake Ridge Middle School.

High school winners
First place: Maame Agyemang, Colgan High School, sponsoring teacher Monica Camazón
Second place: Elisa Clark, Potomac High School, sponsoring teacher Nicolle Durant
Third place: Caitlin Rogan, Forest Park High School, sponsoring teacher Andrea Gonzalez Castro

Middle school winners
First place: Pavneet Cheema, Bull Run Middle School, sponsoring teacher Jamie Arredondo
Second place: Maksim Andreev, Pennington Traditional School, sponsoring teacher Lida Lowe
Third place: Simran Patibanda, Graham Park Middle School, sponsoring teacher Maria Giudici

Student winners attended a recognition ceremony where they received a certificate of recognition, and a gold, silver, or bronze medal awarded by Bass and Anastasia Cartlidge, instructional coach, with teachers, family members, and administrators in attendance at the celebration. Immediately following the reception, students were honored at the school board meeting.