GREAT BARRINGTON — Each year the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) sponsors three statewide contests: poster, essay and video. These contests encourage student awareness regarding the importance of foreign language education. This year's contests were a great success. The judges were impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness in the entries responding to the theme, "Languages are the Keys to Global Understanding."
One essay is selected as "Essay of the Year," and this year's distinction goes to Anna Abrahams, a rising sophomore at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Her winning essay earned her a $50 prize check, and it will be featured at the MaFLA Conference to be held in October. The piece focused on how "Language can be what separates us, but can also be what unifies the human race."
Abrahams, daughter of Ed Abrahams and the late Shelley Jean Abrahams of Great Barrington, Anna is a high honors student at the school. There, she studies French with teacher Hugh "Mickey" McCartney.
Abrahams full essay and other winners will be posted online at mafla.org, at a later date.