North Student Wins Second Place for French Poetry

Valley Stream North High School student Slaed St. Paul has won second place in the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Nassau County Chapter’s Annual French Poetry Competition. This annual competition allows students learning French to compete in either recitation of famous French poetry or the composition of original poetry. It consists of five levels and draws entrants from schools with French programs from throughout Nassau County.
  This year’s competition was held at Hofstra University on Dec. 6.  Slaed entered his poem into Level 5, the most challenging category, reserved for high school seniors or native speakers. He was awarded the honor of Deuxième Prix (Second Place) for his poem “L’Amour,” which explored the theme of love and how it can be found in the world around us. 
Slaed’s poetry impressed the competition judges, who were eager to meet him and hear about how his experiences in Haiti have impacted his poetry writing. They were overjoyed to have a native speaker as a part of their competition as they came together to share their love for the French language.
While at the competition Slaed met Elizabeth Atkins and Dorothy Kleinman, leaders of the competition, who expressed their delight at having a native speaker present. They were happy to invite Slaed to work as an assistant to the recitation competition. He additionally met and shared experiences with AATF-Nassau President, Dr. Elcie Douce, who is also from Haiti. 
Slaed is a writer for North’s online student magazine, “Northstar,” advised by Elizabeth Swinton and Patricia Hirsch. He writes poetry in both English and French and has a passion for writing, with aspirations to one day become a published author.