• Congratulations to the H-F French students for ranking nationally in Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French in which students are evaluated on their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. 

Silver Medal:

  • French 4: Allie Mangel, (90th percentile) & Antoine Bouyer (85th percentile)

Honorable Mention:

  • French 2: Maggie Bauer (65th percentile); Lauryn Castagna (55th percentile); Emily Pearce (60th percentile); Luke LeSimple (65th percentile)
  • French 3: Barbara Burns (70th percentile); Ken Nakamura (50th percentile)
  • French 4: Emma Anderson (65th percentile); Alessandro Vazquez (70th percentile)


•  Congratulations to Danielle Doh, Kevin Cawley & Justin Strong for earning a Gold Medal, Honorable Mention and Silver Medal at the 9th Annual Chinese Speech Contest sponsored by the Midwest Chinese Teacher's Alliance at on Saturday, March 11, 2017.


• Congratulations to our Spanish students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations:

Spanish 5 AP: Jasen Helsel - Gold; Kimani Smith - Honorable Mention; Payton Gallery - Honorable Mention; Catherine Wassilak - Honorable Mention

Spanish 4H: George O'Malley - Bronze; Raven Reeves - Honorable Mention; Destiny Izguerra - Honorable Mention; Angelina Izguerra - Honorable Mention; Allison Hrechko - Honorable Mention; Grace Bingham - Honorable Mention





• Congratulations to Griffin Carter, who received an award from the American Association of Teachers of French for his 100% score in the National French Week Trivia Contest. Griffin is the first H-F student in at least 15 years to earn a perfect score! 
  • French students earned a total of five medals for their outstanding scores on the National French Contest (Le Grand Concours). French 3 students: Allie Mangel - silver medal & Joseph Humphrey - bronze medal. French 4 students: Katie Donermeyer - silver medal & Lucy Sloan - bronze medal. French 5 student: Michael Gislason - bronze medal.  
• Congratulations to Mandarin students - Linda Nwumeh and Alex Wright - who competed in the Chinese Speech Contest sponsored by Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance on Saturday, March 5. Linda won the Gold Medal and Alex won the Silver Medal for Chinese 1 in the high-school division.




  • H-F's Spanish National Honor Society — La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica — was named Chapter of the Year in 2015! The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica presents up to five Chapter of the Year Awards annually to chapters based on the quality and quantity of activities, numbers of contributions to Albricias and exemplary activities in promoting the goals of the SHH. There are more than 2,000 national and international chapters.


  • La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica's member, Colbie Cook, submitted a written piece to the association's national magazine ¡Albricias!. Her piece about Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, H-F chapter's namesake, was printed in the Spring 2014 publication. She received a check for $35 for having her work selected.


  • La Sociedad Honoraría Hispánica hosted a fundraiser for the Pulsera Project where donors chose a bracelet handmade primarily by youth in Nicaragua in exchange for each $5 donation. They raised more than $1,500 for the Pulsera Project, which helps educate and train youth primarily in Nicaragua.


  • Mrs. Parada was elected as ICTFL's Secretary in fall 2014. She was also selected by ICTFL to attend the Central States Conference Extension Workshop in March 2015 and will later present the workshop in collaboration with others to teachers in Illinois winter 2016.


  • Junior Amire Woolfolk received a full scholarship valued at more than $4,000 to study Japanese at Concordia Language Villages immersion camp for a month this summer. Concordia Language Villages is located in Minnesota and offers language immersion  programs for youth, adults and families.


  • Congratulations to several world language students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations. The silver medal recipients were Andrea Ramirez in level 5 and Jessica Barry in level 4. Andrea will also be recognized by the local Chicago Chapter and will be awarded $30. Katherine Teykl earned a bronze medal in level 5. Honorable mention recipients were Mae Carroll and Tristan Donohoe in level 4 and Melinda Berman, Courtney Commodore and Hayley Sutherland in level 3.Students were taught by Spanish teachers Mrs. Acebes, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Parada and Mrs. Sayler. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.