WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School French Club held its French Night Scholarship Dinner on Friday. The event started with an introduction from French Club’s senior officers Pamela Hernandez and Rosebernoude Chérilus.
World Languages Supervisor, Ms. Laura Arredondo greeted the audience in both French and English, as well as giving special welcomes to WOHS staff and language teachers. It is currently Arredondo’s first year in West Orange, and she expressed how happy she is working in the district.
Arredondo then introduced the evening's guest speaker, Dr. Rabia Redouane, Associate Professor of French at Montclair State University. She talked about her upbringing in Morocco, allowing her to learn Moroccan-Arabic, French, and then English. Her French knowledge and love of the language led her to Quebec, where she studied second language acquisition. Redouane was presented with a gift and flower bouquet after addressing the audience.
Seniors April Pratt and Kenya Williams, who also spoke in French and English, presented a video about Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Misérables in 1862. Featured sketches had a Les Miserables theme. WOHS students Ralph Mathias and Mina Attalla, portrayed Inspector Javert and Jean Valjean; Sachel Bise performed a sketch as Fantine. The skits were completely in French and showed off the talents and efforts put in by the French Club.
Mr. Farley and the WOHS Jubilee Choir performed songs featuring Joselyn Maldonado as lead singer, and another in French, starring Caroline Bonner and Emma Jehan. Ashlei Martinez and Catherine Parker, were accompanied later in the evening by the Jubilee Choir as well.
Among the tasty dishes served at the event, ratatouille, croquets, crepes were favorites.
Ms. Arredondo and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Donna Rando then presented a series of scholarships to WOHS seniors.
An introduction to the History of Ballet followed, with Junior and Senior troupes of the Unique Performing Arts Center of West Orange taking center stage to showcase ballet and to teach techniques to the audience.
The evening ended with a trivia contest led by freshman Bryce Millington, and the announcement of tricky tray winners.
Vice President Pamela Hernandez said, “I’m so happy that we have the opportunity to have French Night. It was very successful and really showed all of our effort and dedication.”