Mother Seton World Language French & Latin Students Score

Photograph attached Left to right; Zinalenia Sockwell, Newark, Joanna Derisse, Irvington and Miss Maria Buontempo (missing from the photo is Carla Souza) Photo by Joan Barron

CLARK — Several world language students from Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark achieved national recognition for their excellent performance on the competitive National French examination sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. A total of 97,353 nationwide students took this examination.

Three students from Mother Seton were awarded national recognition by the AATF as they ranked both nationally and statewide. Mother Seton’s national medalists are: Joanna Derisse of Irvington, in level 2 French, ranked ninth both nationally and in the state of New Jersey; Carla Souza of Rahway, in level 3 French, ranked ninth nationally and eighth in New Jersey; and Zinalenia Sockwell of Newark, in level 3 French, ranked eighth nationally and seventh in New Jersey.

Certificates of achievement from the AATF for ranking within the top 20 students in the state of New Jersey in their respective levels of the French language are: Amanda Braganza of Avenel, Christelle Chua of Edison, Luisa Correia of Newark, Tahiana Exilus of South Orange, Annmary Hanna of Union and Lanscy Jean-Pierre of Union.

Students from Mother Seton competed in the 29th annual foreign language competition at William Paterson University. Over 65 schools and 900 students from New Jersey competed in this event. Bringing home a trophy were Imrin Goraya of South Plainfield, who placed second in Latin at her level and Joanna Derisse of Irvington, who was awarded a fourth place medal in French at her level.

Both the French and Latin students are taught by Maria Buontempo, an alumna of Mother Seton. Buontempo also moderates the Drill team and the French Club at Mother Seton. Sister Regina Martin, principal of Mother Seton Regional High School, said “I am truly impressed with the accomplishments of our students and of Miss Buontempo’s efforts on their behalf.”



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