French Students Celebrate with Dìner en Blanc

On Thursday,  May 20th, 2021,  French students,  grades 8-12 gathered under the tent and on the school grounds above the softball field in the back of Triton High School to celebrate their success on the National French Contest 2021.  

First,  students were recognized in an awards ceremony under the tent,  then they spread their picnics out with their families for the first Dìner en Blanc event at Triton.  Students and their families dressed in white and brought their French picnics to spend time together under the sun. 

Le Grand Concours, or the National French Contest, is given each year by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). The contest evaluates students’ French language skills and knowledge. In the spring of 2021, over 29,000 students across the country took Le Grand Concours.

Awards are presented by the AATF based on a national percentile ranking of all students in each level. Students are also organized into divisions based on their previous experiences with the French language.


Triton Middle School Awards


Level 01

Bronze: Layla Dias, Cole Sanders

Honorable Mention: Henry Dean, Vincent Magee, Maria Powis, Jonah Remignanti, Isabelle TurnerTriton High School Awards


Level 1

Gold: Elise Blanchet 

Silver: Duncan MacDonald

Honorable Mention: Connor Hart, Lauren Manning, Ixchel Ramirez, Noah Tudal

Level 2

Gold: Nicolas Hubbard-Brucher*, Sophia Latham

Silver: Sidney Golbitz, Sara Hanson, Shanell Parra

Bronze: Benjamin Rasmussen, Lillian Scire

Honorable Mention: Mars Alves, Riley Bell, Brenna Coates, Delaney Lucia, Colin Webber, Maeve White

Level 3

Silver: Kailey Abbott-Bishop, Gillian Pike

Bronze: Fawzi Jouraj, Savannah Soule, Kate Trojan

Honorable Mention: Morgan Hall, Molly Kimball, Ella Visconti

Level 4

Bronze: Alexander Sharpe, Alexander Wing 

Dîner en Blanc (“Dinner in White” in French) is a worldwide event spanning six continents in which people have a meal dressed in white in a temporary dining setup in a public space.Diners are required to provide their own food, tables, chairs and tablecloths. 

The Dîner en Blanc concept began in Paris in 1988 when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at the Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.The event’s presence has grown to over 85 cities, with almost 17,000 gathering for the 30th-anniversary event in Paris.