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 Students from Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, Allegheny Counties to Attend SRU Language Competition 

 

SPOTLIGHT

1/28/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199; e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM BUTLER, LAWRENCE, MERCER AND ALLEGHENY COUNTIES TO ATTEND FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPETITION AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- More than 1,000 students from 35 regional high schools will converge on Slippery Rock University Feb. 11 for a "World Language Competition," an event that promotes cultural awareness and showcases SRU's strong modern languages department.

     Students from Butler, Allegheny, Lawrence and Mercer counties will compete for individual and school prizes in all levels of Spanish, French, German and Latin. Plaques and trophies will be presented to winning schools, while individual students received dictionaries, T-shirts and certificates.

     SRU offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Korean. Dr. Melinda Ristvey and Dr. Deb Cohen, professors of modern language and cultures, organized the competition. Helping out were Amy McCamey, department secretary, and Kayla Whipkey, a secondary education, Spanish major from Prospect. Currently, 13 students are spending spring semester studying at Spain's Universidad de Alcala as part of a special, intensive Spanish language program offered by SRU.

The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. and will feature 30-minute sessions in Swedish, Korean, Japanese and other world languages exposing the competitors to other cultures. International students at SRU will answer questions about teenage life in their home country, and a workshop on teaching foreign languages will be offered high school language teachers attending with their students.

 The program is designed to spotlight academic excellence in language skills and allow students to compare and share their abilities with others in similar programs.

           Participating schools include

Avella High School       Bethel Park High School      Cathedral Prep

Center High School      Chartiers-Houston High School      Chartiers Valley High School

Cochranton High School      Commodore Perry High School      Dorseyville Middle School

Fairview      Fox Chapel High School      Independence Middle School

Kennedy Catholic High School      Keystone Oaks High School      Lakeview Christian Academy

Laurel High School      Lincoln High School      Mercer High School

Mercyhurst Preparatory School      Mohawk Jr/Sr. High School      Neshannock High School

North Clarion High School      NW PA Collegiate Academy      Norwin Senior High School

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart      Portersville Christian School      Redbank Valley High School

Shenango High School      Slippery Rock High School      Quaker Valley High School

Quaker Valley Middle School     

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