Congratulations to Sukanya Kennamthiang, '19, on being named a World Language Distinguished Scholar by the Nebraska Department of Education. The award recognizes Nebraska students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. Here is an excerpt from Mr. Recker's recommendation, which supported Kennamthiang's nomination:
If there were an the all star team of language learners, Sukanya would be number 1 in a very accomplished group. A stand-out French I student, she was encouraged to skip French II and go directly to level 3. In level 3 she won first place Bronze Medalist out of 16,000 test takers in the AATF Grand Concours and scored at the Advanced Level on the AAPPL Speaking proficiency exam. In class, her observations in literature and cultural study are insightful and unexpected from such a young person. She is an interesting and articulate communicator. She is affable and self-deprecating, and often very funny. She is patient and considerate of others. It is clear that students respect and value her presence in class. Most certainly, it is inspirational for her peers to learn language with a non native speaker of English who has managed to become quite proficient in Spanish and French while in high school.