In Orlando, a competition of the French language and an undisputed attraction

Fifteen days before the International Day of Francophonie, hundreds of students from public and private institutions in Florida have "crossed swords" in French: projects, interviews, speeches, plays, and skits...
For more than 60 years the Congress of French Culture is joined every year with nearly a thousand Florida students, accompanied by their teachers, to compete in French. The theme of the 2013 edition was "Surrealism".

The Congress of French Culture in Florida is an institution and a treasure of the French presence in the United States addressed to young generations.

This meeting of students and teachers, which is held in Orlando every year, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2012.

From March 7-9, 2013, 860 pupils from 43 schools in Florida gathered to speak in French about France and the French-speaking world, and participate in a friendly competition unique to the United States.

For many months beforehand they worked on artistic and cultural works and educational projects within this framework in order to present their work to juries.

Among the many prizes awaiting the winners, two are offered by the French government.

The two lucky winners (photographed below) of these scholarships are Sarah French Tanke of West Shore Jr./Sr. High school in Melbourne and Aurelio Muzaurieta of The Bolles School in Jacksonville.

Thanks to the Perpignan scholarship for Ms. Tanke and the Avignon/CultureLab scholarship for Mr. Mazaurieta, both leave for a few weeks to continue learning French in France!

Published on March 21, 2013.

Last modified on 26/01/2015

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