BELOIT - Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS) senior Amanda Quinonez scored number one in the state of Wisconsin for French 3, and junior Pedro Rosales scored number one in the state for French 2 in the National French Contest of the American Association of Teachers of French.
"They are both wonderful students and hardworking. They try really hard, and they are always willing to try new things," said French teacher Robert Price. "The students that participated in the contest were worried because they didn't train for it, or do any real practice runs, but went out and did it anyway. It was very brave on their part."
Quinonez as well as Rosales are fluent in English, Spanish and, thanks to BMHS, French.
"Every since I learned Spanish I had an interest in language," Rosales said.
Rosales, son of Yasmin Diaz and Oscar Martinez, said it's his third year of French at the high school. However, he took a French course at Beloit College this past summer.
He also did extra practice watching French YouTube videos where he learned various dialects.
He plans to go into the medical field and will use his French speaking skills if he has to travel.
"I was surprised. It was tough, especially the listening session which was hard to interpret," he said.
Rosales said it was a rewarding win and showed how much his commitment and time to studying French has paid off.
Quinonez, daughter of Lino and Susana Quinonez, has been studying French for four years.
She said she wanted to learn another language in addition to English and Spanish.
She hopes to become a dental hygienist and use her many language skills on the job.