À Vous la Parole - MnAATF French Speakng Contest
A Vous la Parole
Thursday, April 28, 2016*
* date changed due to statewide testing
Coffman Memorial Union, U of MN - TC
Designed by Lakeville South HS sophomore, Jackson Paradise
General AVLP Coordinators
Lakeville South High School
AVLP Team Leader
District 196 Public Schools
AVLP Scheduling & Registration Coordinator
University of MN, Dept. of French and Italian
Judges & Judging Coordinator
In the Minnesota statewide A Vous la Parole French speaking contest this year, took place on Tuesday, April 21 at the U of Mn Coffman Union. The 2015 theme was "La poésie libère la magie des mots."
There were 1162 entries from 31 schools in six categories: poetry/prose, song, theater, original skit, extemporaneous reading, extemporaneous conversation and 17 subcategories.
Medals awarded: 625 bleu (excellent), 360 rouge (très bien), 174 blanc (bien), and 13 certificats de participation.
The same team has been running the contest for the past five years. Annie Muske served as coordinator and organized the t-shirt sales. Clare Hagen headed up scheduling and awards. Betsy Kerr was in charge of judges and the on-site arrangements. St. Paul Central teacher, Maureen Peltier, provided student helpers.
A VOUS LA PAROLE RENAUD PRIZE
2015 was the second year that schools participating in A Vous la Parole received Renaud prizes. $780 in Amazon.com gift cards were distributed among the schools that had at least 10 entries in the contest. The teachers will be purchasing French-related prizes for the students that they deem most worthy of the awards.
The text printed on the accompanying certificates:
"Armand Renaud, emeritus professor of French, passed away in Minneapolis on February 16, 2012, at the age of 93. With his passing, the U of Mn TC Department of French and Italian lost a valued former colleague and generous supporter.
In his will, Prof. Renaud left funds specifically designated for prizes for A Vous la Parole. [Student name] has been awarded one of the Armand A. and Madeleine S. Renaud Endowment Fund prizes."
Armand Renaud was born in the French-speaking community of LaSalle, Ontario, Canada, in 1918. A naturalized US citizen and US Army veteran, he graduated from Assumption College (Windsor, Ontario) and Wayne State University. He had intended to attend medical school, but during his studies in Paris, where he took classes in medicine and literature, he was increasingly drawn to literary studies. Upon his return to the US he received his Ph.D. in French at Yale University. After teaching briefly at Northwestern University, he joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1957. He served as chair of the then Department of Romance Languages for many years, where he introduced courses on existentialism, the theater of the absurd, and Francophone African writers, at a time when students in French Studies -and most teachers- had yet to discover the significance of African writers writing in French.
Born in France, Mr. Renaud's beloved wife Madeleine Renaud taught French at the Blake School in Minneapolis, where she was a wonderfully gracious teacher who gave generously and inspired many of her students to become fluent in French. She also provided help and support to Armand at the University of Minnesota. Both Armand and Madeleine remained strong supporters of French, spending their lifetime in service of "la civilisation francaise et francophone", especially in their work with and support for the Alliance Francaise and A Vous la Parole.
We are very grateful to the Renauds for their generous gift to the high school French students of Minnesota.
Important AVLP Information - 2016 updates
For information contact, Annie Muske:
A Vous la Parole Coordinator
MnAATF website URL - http://mnaatf.org/2.htm
created: 24 Oct., 2005 last updated: 26 février, 2016