Valley’s Lynch Receives Highest Score in State for National French Exam

Valley High School senior Francisco Lynch recorded the highest score for level 5A students in the state of Iowa on this year’s National French Exam. Fellow senior Alex Hyon placed fifth in Iowa in level 2A, which also tied him for 10th place in the nation. Freshman Elizabeth Watson placed third in Iowa and seventh in the nation, while fellow freshmen Olympia Manning and Laura Carther tied for fifth in the state and 19th nationally.

Seven Advanced Placement students scored in the state top 10 for their level test, including Linh Do, Daisha Philllips, Jakeshan Thacker, Lindsay Thompson, Kat Novak and Melissa Trigoutis. Other freshman students scoring in the top 10 in Iowa were Alex Do in eighth and Lanee Jung in 10th.

The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Students of French in grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background. Grades 1-6 participate in the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) Contest. Grades 7-12 in the Secondary Contest.

Earlier this month, the district announced that Valley junior Harry Freund had also recorded the highest score in the state on the National Spanish Exam.