All levels of French students at McNicholas celebrated National French Week from November 12-16, which is also celebrated by French classes across the nation.
On Monday, Nov. 12, seniors Joy Neltner and Liz Truesdell, juniors Scott Frenzel and Adam Dill, and freshmen Maia Forman, Sally Daoud, and Nick Emig enjoyed a dinner at La Petite France. La Petite France serves authentic French food, and after a meal of beef or chicken, students enjoyed mousse au chocolat and crème brulee for dessert. Students found some similarities between the French and American food. Daoud said, “I thought it was really nice, and I thought it would be a lot more food I hadn’t heard of.”
On Wednesday, French students and other foreign language classes participated in the annual McNicholas Tour de France, where students brought bikes to school and raced around Paradise. The winners in the French I class were freshmen Emig and Chris Wells; French II winners were sophomores Madison Esplage, Joe Paquette, and junior Melissa Scheidler; and French III students were defeated by Mr. Kyle Jepson’s first bell Spanish class. All winners got their picture taken with a fake Maillot Jaune, the famous yellow jersey that the winner of the actual Tour de France receives. After the race, the students enjoyed a French food day in the classroom, complete with baguettes and crossiants.
Students worked on projects leading up to the week. French III students created PowerPoints about different French-speaking countries. In the World Languages hallway, French III students hung flags of the countries, French II displayed posters of famous French inventors, and French I students displayed posters of different French monuments.
Madame Rouchon Wells, mother of Christopher Wells, visited all of Dill’s French classes on Nov. 15. Madame Rouchon grew up In France and moved to the United States after high school. The focus of her presentation was on the French government.
French III junior Anna Redington said, “I thought her accent was really cool. It was really interesting comparing their government to ours. Even though France is smaller, they have a much more populated government.”
Scheidler said, “I think French week is really fun because it’s really nice to celebrate the language and their great culture. I look forward to French week, it’s always really fun having a Tour de France.”