Each year the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) sponsors three statewide contests: poster, essay and video. These contests encourage student awareness regarding the importance of foreign language education. This year’s contests were a great success. The judges were impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness in the entries responding to the theme Languages are the Keys to Global Understanding. One essay is selected as Essay of the Year, and the winning essay will be featured at the MaFLA Conference in October 2016.
Anna Abrahams, daughter of Ed Abrahams of Great Barrington, is this year’s state high school winner. A freshman at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Anna studies French with teacher Hugh “Mickey” McCartney. Anna’s essay focused on how, “Language can be what separates us, but can also be what unifies the human race.”