Southeast Honors 35 Area Students at Annual Foreign Language Festival


Thirty-five area students from nine area schools were honored for their foreign language achievements April 1 at Southeast Missouri State University’s annual Foreign Language Festival. 

More than 350 students competed in spelling bees and prose readings in French, German, and Spanish.  Non-competitive events included musical performances, dance, recitations, skits, costumes and artwork.  Trophies were awarded to first-place winners and ribbons were awarded to the top three individuals in each event.

The winners of the festival were as follows:

French Beginning Spelling Bee

 Erin Cobb   Ste. Genevieve High School   Carolyn Gunter   Poplar Bluff High School Ben Nunnery   Poplar Bluff High School

French Advanced Spelling Bee

 Patricia Duprat    Cape Central High School Kelley Lichtenegger   Jackson High School  Sarah Riley-Land   Cape Central High School French Beginning Prose Reading    Tracy Kiser   Cape Central High School Casey Carlisle   Sikeston High School Rachel Story    Cape Central High School

French Advanced Prose Reading

 Nate Hinchey  Jackson High School Leona Williams   Ste. Genevieve High School Tyler Dumey  Jackson High School 

German Beginning Spelling Bee

 Bekah Viox    St. Genevieve High School Priya Gujarati  Poplar Bluff High School Brittany Arnold  Ste. Genevieve High School

German Advanced Spelling Bee

 Megan Schoor  Poplar Bluff High School Elaine Donze  Ste. Genevieve High School Jessie Woodard   Ste. Genevieve High School

German Beginning Prose Reading

 Deborah Shannon  Poplar Bluff High School  Angie Mancuso  Ste. Genevieve High School Andreas Anderson  Perryville High School 

  German Advanced Prose Reading

 Brenna DeGrant   Poplar Bluff High School Danielle Abt   Ste. Genevieve High School Jessica Fischer   Ste. Genevieve High School

Spanish Beginning Spelling Bee

 Shasta Inman  Poplar Bluff High School Tamsyn Garner  Poplar Bluff High School Kat DeCourley  Poplar Bluff High School

Spanish Advanced Spelling Bee

 David Zimmer  Cape Central High School Carson Kelley  Cape Central High School Amber Schnurbusch  St. Vincent High School, Perryville

Spanish Beginning Prose Reading 

 Lora Vails  Cape Central High School Amber Lusk  Cape Central High School 

Spanish Advanced Prose Reading      

 Anne Peel   Cape Central High School Brandon Seabaugh  Cape Central High School Todd Diebold  Jackson High School

If you have any additional questions concerning the Foreign Language Festival, contact Dr. Alice Strange at (573) 651-2477.