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County students showcase ESL skills

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 16, 2013 1:46 PM

Wayne County Public Schools recently held its biennial K-12 Second Language and English-as-a-Second Language Performance Competition. Hundreds of students, grades kindergarten through 12, displayed their mastery of Spanish, French, and English languages and cultures.

Wayne County is the only school district in the state that regularly holds such a competition. The district has held this competition every other year for more than a decade. This year's was at Goldsboro High School.

Administrators say the competition promotes and enhances the district's second-language program.

"Many of the students have been preparing for this event since last fall. It is always impressive to hear the language proficiency of our participating students. We are appreciative of all of the administrators, teachers, and volunteers who make this event a success each year it is held," said Hope Meyerhoeffer, director of second-language and the ESL, English-as-a-second-language program.

Twenty-seven schools participated in the district's K-12 Second Language/ESL Performance Competition. Students were judged on five categories: poetry recitation, modeling of native costumes, musical presentation, dramatic skit, and native dance.

For a complete list of winners, visit the district website, www.waynecounty schools.org.