Two Dodgen Middle School Students Win Alliance Française of Atlanta Visual Arts Contest

Students build connections between World Languages and Visual Arts.

Alliance Française of Atlanta recently named the following two Dodgen Middle School eighth-graders the winners of its 2019 French & Francophone Culture Middle School Visual Art Contest: Simon Beltran and Gargi Telang.

The goal was to encourage high school and middle school students from the metro Atlanta area to learn more about the French and Francophone cultures.

According to the announcement from Alliance Francaise of Atlanta, the student entries were thoughtful, inspiring, and well elaborated. The contest gave middle school students the opportunity to create visual art pieces reflecting their chosen notable French or Francophone figure.

The contest is in English and open to all students. It is not limited to those taking French as a foreign language. It is intended to reach out to everyone, especially students in art, music, world history, fashion, literature, environmental science, hospitality and other classes learning about French and Francophone cultures.

The 2019-2020 school year is the second year of the contest, but the first time it was opened to the entire Metro Atlanta Area.

The Dodgen winners are not the only World Language award recipients this year. Wheeler High School and Lassiter High School captured second and third place respectively in the Greenopoly contest sponsored by the German Consulate General in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education.


Germán Suárez, Supervisor
World Languages

Contributing Author: Nan Kiel, CCSD Communications

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