Hylton High School Students earn national recognition for Russian language skills
Posted on 06/06/2018
HHS Students who won Russian Essay ContestRussian language students from Hylton High School earned several national awards in the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) Essay competition. Earlier this school year, students wrote essays answering the question, "Why did you choose to study the Russian language?" The completed essays were sent to the ACTR to be judged among the 1,200 essays that were submitted.

Without knowing the topic in advance, students used their Russian language skills to write their essays during a scheduled two-hour period after school. The Russian language can be a challenge to learn. The letters are Cyrillic script, not the more familiar Latin script that native English speakers know.

Award-winners follow:

Gold award
Alexander Selenskikh, sophomore

Silver awards
Nina Stolmeier, freshman
Mason Gordon, junior
Alina Kyva, junior

Bronze awards
Victoria Miranda, freshman
Rory Sirag, sophomore
Zhenya Nielsen, junior
Alondra Burton, senior

Honorable mention
Bojan Grkovic, freshman
Danielle Rogers, freshman
Gabriel Laureano, sophomore
Katherine Reedy, sophomore
Liam Nash, junior

Hylton High School’s Russian Language program is taught by Paul Rischard, the school division’s high school teacher of the year for the 2013-14 school year. Since 2000, Rischard has taught Russian at Hylton High School. Five levels of the language are offered, the third level being Pre-Advanced Placement Russian and the fourth being Advanced Placement Russian.