LA Students who won honors in the National French Exam.

LA Students who earned honors in the National French Exam.

Lincoln Academy’s World Languages Department is proud to announce the strong performance of our French students on the 2015 National French Exam.104 Lincoln Academy students and more than 900 students in Maine participated in the exam at the high school level. Students placing in the top 20 places in the state were recognized at an assembly on May 22nd.  Lincoln Academy students have placed in the top 20 at each level within the state for the past 22 years.

The American Association of Teachers of French also recognizes students for placing in the top ten positions in the country. Lincoln Academy is extremely pleased to recognize three students who placed in the top ten nationally on this years’ exams.  Tom Nguyen and Katie Palmer placed 9th nationally at level 1, and Thanh Tran placed 10th nationally at level 5.  Thanh placed 9th nationally at level 4 in 2014.

Honorable mentions are Gabrielle Kimball (who also placed in the National Spanish examination) and Teddy Matel who place 13th nationally at level I; Noelle Timberlake who placed 11th and Julianna Preston who placed 15th nationally at level II; Simay Tanriover who placed 13th nationally at level IV; and Marta Berta who placed 12th nationally at level V.   Since 1994, Lincoln Academy has had forty-seven students place in the top 10 nationally on the National French Exam at all the levels of the exam.

Level I

Thanh Nguyen and Katie Palmer  placed 5th in Maine and 9th nationally (receiving a silver medal)

Gabrielle Kimball and Teddy Matel placed 9th in Maine and 13th nationally (receiving a bronze medal)

Phoebe Pugh placed 14th in Maine

Grace Wehrle placed 15th

Emily Guy and Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro placed 16th

Basel White placed 17th

Lisa Howard placed 18th

Noah Jordan and Sara Peavey placed 19th

Phan Lumin and Stephen Main placed 20th


Level II

Noelle Timberlake placed 5th in Maine and 11th nationally (receiving a silver medal)

Julianna Preston placed 9th in Maine and 15th nationally (receiving a bronze medal)

Mary Reid placed 13th in Maine

Carly Ransdell placed 14th

Can Yozgat placed 19th

Brinley Harrison and Emily Sanborn placed 20th

Level III

Sam Bailey and Isabel Carlson placed 13th in Maine

Lucy Williams placed 14th

Lydia Harris placed 18th

Maggie Weiss placed 19th

Level IV

Simay Tanriover placed 3rd in Maine and 13th nationally (receiving a silver medal)

Abe Steinberger  and Allison Wehrle placed 8th in Maine

Rowan Carroll-Christopher placed 10th in Maine

Alexis Poland placed 15th

Elise Dumont placed 16th

Angus Fake placed 17th

Dmitry Pepper placed 19th

Addison Vermillion placed 20th


Level V

Thanh Tran placed 2nd in Maine and 10th nationally (receiving a silver medal)

Marta Berta placed 3rd in Maine and 12th nationally (receiving a silver medal)

Ashley Giles placed 11th in Maine

Alexandra Welch placed 12th

Alejandro Ramos Sanchez placed 14th


The National French Exam, Le Grand Concours, is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Nearly  91,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event. Students are recognized at the state level as well as at the national level if merited. Students are evaluated for their written, listening and reading skills, as well as their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and culture of France.