Hope High School wins French competition

High school French classes in New England were invited to build an eco-friendly sail illustrating the history of the frigate, l’Hermione and promoting environmental awareness for “Le Vent dans les voiles de l’Hermione,” a contest organized by the Cultural and Educational Services of the Consulate General of France in Boston. The competition was held to celebrate the arrival of the Hermione in Boston on July 11 and the United Nations upcoming Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015.French 3 students at Hope High school, with the help of their teachers, Regine Tardieu and Rouaida Aghia, won first place and will receive their award on June 29 at the French Consul’s residence in Cambridge, Mass.

The students are: Luis Arevelo, Amelia Brelsford, Jurity Calderon, Irene Chawea, Daisy De Andrade, Lekesha Dorvilus, Troy Ingram, Theodora Logan, and Marleni Suazo.

Their first prize gifts are a $500 voucher to spend at Schoenhol’s Foreign Books in Cambridge, an annual subscription to the French Cultural Center in Boston, a copy of original maps from Lafayette’s time for each student and a guided tour of the Norman B. Leventhan Map Center. Also, the region of Poitou-Charentes is offering the class their new regional book. This is the region from where the ship sailed.

The Marquis de Lafayette’s 1780 voyage on l’Hermione to the United States brought news that France was sending ships, supplies, men and funds, along with General Rochembeau, to assist the colonies in the fight for independence in the American Revolution. Lafayette sailed in the French frigate Hermione for 38 days from France to Boston.