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11 South Forsyth students place in world language competition
South language- Jade Christman Samanthat Seely Christine Yang Ayonica Bhattacharya
Jade Christman, Samanthat Seely, Christine Yang and Ayonica Bhattacharya - photo by For the FCN

SOUTH FORSYTH — Eleven students from South Forsyth High School took home top prizes in a recent regional world language competition.

The students won in their categories at the 43rdannual Clemson University Poetry Declamation Contest, a competition that drew more than 200 high school world language students.

Competitors memorized two poems in their chosen language and presented them before a panel of Clemson world language professors, with the best performers awarded medals.

South students competed in Chinese, Latin, German, French and Spanish. They were led by their coach, Caryn Craft.

Italian, Japanese, Russian were also offered as competition languages.

Winners in the Spanish 4B category were: Sandhya Iyer, first place; Ashlyn Yule, second; and Sophie Zhoa, third.

Finishing third in the Spanish 2A and 3A-6 categories were Conan Lynch and Maria Mathew.

First-place winners in German were Ayonica Bhattacharya in German 1A-2 and Jade Christman in German 2A. Christine Yang won third place in German 3A, and Samantha Seely took third in German 4A.

Sabrina Chua placed second in Chinese 4A.

Second place in French 2A-1 went to Daisy Little.

“South has a history of excellent performance in state and regional world language competitions,” said Maggie Gustavus, media relations and world languages department chair for the high school.

More than 1,800 students at South are taking German, French, Latin and Spanish classes, ranging from Level 1 to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.