MADISON, NJ – Continuing a tradition, since 2000, Sparta High School Russian students competed in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian at Drew University.  Three of Sparta’s student had top scores. Sara Kujalowicz earned the win for Sparta with a score of 96.6 % at Level IV.  Emma D’Amico had a 96.6% at Level III.  Maya Ellington earned a 96% at Level V.

Russian teacher Eric Hood had 49 students participate in the Olympiada.  “My students brought back 30 Gold Medals, 19 Silver Medals.  No one got below a silver at levels IV and V.”

Russian teacher William Brennan had 18 Level II students at the competition.  Each student earned a medal;16 Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. 

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Hood said, “Sparta worked hard to overcome obstacles and put forth not only their best effort, but a first class performance.”

The annual event is a series of state and regional competitions for high school Russian students.  It is sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian.  This competition dates back to the early 1960’s.  Sparta competed every year since 2000. 

Students are scored on a scale between 60 and 100 points.  Each student participates in several sections of evaluation.  Their scores are averaged for a final score.  Medals are awarded based on the final score.  Medals are awarded on the following scores:

  • Gold  90-100 points
  • Silver 80-89 points
  • Bronze 70-79 points
  • Honorable Mention 60-69 points. 

There were five other schools represented at the Olympiada at Drew University.