Association Americaine des Professeurs de Francais



et Petit Dejeuner





le 15  mai 2009




The Great Hall, Coffman Union



University of Minnesota-Minneapolis



Bruxelles   Porto Novo   Ouagadougou Bujumbura  Yaounde  Ottawa  Bangui

NDjanema  Moroni  Kinshasa  DjiboutiParis  Libreville  Conakry  Port-au-Prince

Yamoussoukro  Luxembourg  Brazzaville Antananarivo  Bamako  Monaco  Dakar 

Niamey Kigali Victoria Berne Lome PortVila







                  2009 Minnesota Participating Schools


Apple Valley High School             Austin High School

Benilde-St. Margarets                   Blake Middle School

Blake Upper School               Breck School

Centennial High School         St. Paul Central High School

Century HS, Rochester          Como Park Senior High School

Coon Rapids High School             Cooper High School

Edina High School                Harding High School

Highland Park High School     International School of MN

John Marshall HS, Rochester         Lake Country School

Lakeville North High School  Etoile du Nord Immersion St. Paul

Marshall School, Duluth        Mayo High School, Rochester

Minnehaha Academy               Minnetonka High School

Mounds View High School            Richfield High School

St Paul Academy-Summit School   St. Thomas Academy

Tartan High School               Visitation School

Wayzata High School



Minnesota Chapter

American Association of Teachers of French

Executive Board 2008-2009


Lydia Belateche, President

Patricia Mougel, First Vice-President & Program Coordinator

LaRae Ellingson, Secretary-Treasurer

Mary Kuettner, Recording Secretary

Francoise Denis, Managing, Editor Reflets de letoile du nord

Mary Lou Wolsey, AATF-MN Website Coordinator

Clare Hagen, Coordinator A Vous la Parole

Beth Alto, State Administrator Grand Concours 2009



Dr. Gregg H. Siewert, Truman State University

AATF Region VII Representative to National Board


Lisa Narug, National Director, LE Grand Concours



National Contest statistics are available on the national AATF website



Le Grand Concours 2009: 


101,487 national contestants


1571 Minnesota students registered

31 schools, 50 teachers

87 Minnesota National Winners in Levels 01-5

190 Minnesota State Winners, Levels 01-5


57 Minnesota National FLES Winners + 13 Honorable Mentions


Minnesota winners all score 80% correct or above.


National winners receive national rankings of 1-10.





Grand Concours Brunch 2009 Photos



Convent of the Visitation Grand Concours 2009 Brunch participants



- photos submitted by Ilse Norris, Convent of the Visitation,  teacher -






Prizes Awarded




National Winners receive the Certificat Laureat National.

Minnesota State Winners receive the Certificat dHonneur (bleu).

Scores above the 50th percentile receive the Certificat de Reussite.



1st Place National Winners:  a Gold Medal and personal plaque.

2nd and 3rd Place National Winners: a Silver Medal.

4th-10th Place National Winners: a Bronze Medal.


The National AATF is sending prizes for ranks 1-10 in Levels 01-5

and for FLES National winners in ranks 1 – 10


AATF-Minnesota Prizes

All Minnesota State winners are part of the Prize Drawing.


Level 3, 4, and 5:

2 Grand Prizes of $700 toward travel to any francophone country


All Levels, including FLES, and Teachers

Drawings for prizes.


The drawings took place at the end of the program.



AATF-Minnesota vous felicite!





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-  Mary Ellen Weller, a Miranda Godfread, et  Paula Tapala,  pour tout leur aide.


- Betsy Kerr et  Daniel Brewer, professeurs  de francais

et au Departement de francais et d'italien de l'Universite du Minnesota.


- Lydia Belateche, Presidente de lAATF-Minnesota


-  tous les  professeurs  de tous ces Laureats, leurs parents, et surtout ces participants courageux

qui ont fait face au Concours





-- Beth Alto, Grand Concours 2009 Administrator, Minnesota chapter



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to the following businesses which donated prizes for our Laureats and their teachers


Chez Daniel Bistro – Embassy Suites, 2800 American Blvd W, Bloomington

Patricks Bakery & Cafe –Patricks at Bachmans on Lyndale & Southdale Square

Barbette—1600 W Lake Street, Minneapolis



A special MERCI to the University of Minnesotas Department of French and Italian

for providing funds for the printing of the Distribution de Prix booklet.





Ranks, Schools and Teachers of Winners







edited and revised 3 June 2009  for as A31.htm