2017 French Poetry Recitation Contest [fr]
As every year since 2013, Dr Gretchen Angelo from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Cal State LA organized the French Poetry Recitation Contest on the Cal State LA campus
Organized in conjunction with Modern and Classical Language Association of Southern California (MCLASC) and the American Association of Teachers of French in South California (AATF-SoCal), and with the support of the French Mission for Culture and Higher Education in the United States, the French Poetry Recitation Contest took place on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
It was the occasion for Dr Gretchen Angelo to receive the Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) which is a national order of France for her distinguished work in the world of culture and education. Dr Gretchen Angelo gave a beautiful and moving speech after receiving her knight medal distinction from Professor Marie Magdeleine Chirol.
The contest was opened to high school, community college, and university students. Students could choose any poem, and it was great to see the variety of poems reflecting the richness of Francophone poetry from Ronsard to Lâabi.The judges had a hard time evaluating students who gave amazing performances using different criteria: diction, clarity, and expression.
The Grand Prize winners were Charlotte Holder from Polytechnic School in Pasadena, for her reading of Jacques Prévert’s "Familiale", and Tahseen Takleh from Mount San Antonia College, for his reading of his own poem about Syria, "Je suis".
A raffle was organized by EF International Language Centers. Genesis Li won the all-inclusive week to learn French in Paris!
Congratulations to all who participated in the Fifth Annual French Poetry Recitation Contest held at Cal State LA! All winners are listed in the files below:
The sponsoring organizations — Cal State L.A. Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; MCLASC, the Modern and Classical Language Association of Southern California; and AATF-SoCal, the American Association of Teachers of French - Southern California Chapter - have generously funded the contest including the venue, certificates for all participants, a grand prize for the college winner, and gift cards for second- and third-place winners.
Local business sponsors this year include Taix French restaurant in Echo Park, the French Mission for Culture and Higher Education which awarded poetry anthologies to the lauréats in each division.
Photos of the event can be found on the Facebook pageof the Cal State LA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
The program can be downloaded here..
See you next year!