World Languages

ECHS holds poetry recitation competition

by Celia Shortt

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Autumn Beckom, left, and Laura Thomson, middle, showcase their achievements at the ECHS’ first World Languages Poetry Recitation Competition. On the left is Cecilia de Aza-Post, spanish teacher at ECHS. 


In November, East Coweta High School’s World Languages Department hosted its first World Languages Poetry Recitation Competition.

“I am extremely proud of the work that our Foreign Language Department puts into providing our students and our community with a quality Poetry Recitation Competition,” said Assistant Principal for East Coweta High School Melissa Brubaker. “Through this effort, we were able to collaborate with the University of West Georgia and with our surrounding public and private secondary institutions.” 

To prepare for the event, invitations were sent to middle and high schools in Coweta and Fayette counties. Each student who opted to participate, selected a poem from a provided list to recite.

Judges for the competition were also representative of Coweta and Fayette counties, and included current and retired world language teachers from both Coweta and Fayette as well as the University of West Georgia.

They included: 

Aimee Shaver – ECHS – Spanish 

Pam White – ECHS – French (retired) 

Kenneth Swanson – Northgate – French 

Liz Lotter – Northgate – Spanish 

Alice Browning – Heritage - French 

Dorothy McLean – Michigan – French (retired) 

Kathy Porto – McIntosh – French (retired) 

Therese Togneri – McIntosh - Spanish 

Dr. Julia Farmer – UWG – Professor of Spanish 

Dr. Felix Tweraser – UWG Department Chair of Foreign Language and Professor of German 

Valerie Rodriguez – ECHS – English

More than 103 participants competed for Superior, Excellent, and Notable award ribbons. Schools represented in the competition included East Coweta High, Northgate, HighHeritage School, McIntosh High, Sandy Creek High, Whitewater High, and Whitewater Middle

“I absolutely love that I was able to practice speaking and listening comprehension for both French and Spanish,” said East Coweta High Student Mary Grace Crawford. “Being in the competition allowed me to acquaint my passion for language with a challenging, rewarding experience.”

“Even though it was nerve-wracking to wait, it was exciting in the end, and I had a great time,” said East Coweta High student Laura Thomson.

Due to the success of this first competition, East Coweta High School plans to continue this event in the future.



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