Local Students Excel in Learning Through Languages Research Symposium
A group of high school students and teachers from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools recently participated in the Learning Through Languages Research Symposium. Produced by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, the event took place this winter on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
The symposium seeks to challenge advanced language students with a competition that demands excellence in both written and oral research skills. In teams of two or three, these students were able to present an analysis — in French — of the impact of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, as well as answer a range of questions from judges in Japanese about Western influences on current Israeli politics.
Almost one-third of the teams competing were from CHCCS, and they were sponsored by seven language teachers specializing in Spanish, French, German and Japanese. The CHCCS students won nearly half of the prizes awarded this year.
“The symposium helped me improve my Spanish in so many different ways,” says East Chapel Hill High School student Makenna Meyer. Meyer’s team, sponsored by Spanish teacher Justin Seifts, tied for two honorable mentions for their research on the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Winners from Broughton High School in Raleigh and Riverside High School in Durham were also chosen. See a full list of winners at areastudies.unc.edu/ltl