Students Take Home Awards At World Languages Day

Spanish, French and Spanish students take home multiple awards at UMSL during World Languages Day


Anna Simms

Juniors Imane Larhdiri, Kelsey Lynch, Cora Fairbanks, and Gracyn Burke pose after winning the scavenger hunt.

Anna Simms, Reporter

After preparing for several weeks, many level three and AP students of Spanish, French, and German took a field trip to UMSL for World Languages Day on Oct. 7.

Students from Liberty collaborated with many other students from across the St. Louis area, including Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell, and other Wentzville high schools. During this event, multiple students competed in different events, from poster design, to poetry recital, to short film production, all of which in their target language.

“It was really exciting and amazing,” senior Payton Busselman beamed after winning first place for German Poetry Recital. “It felt really amazing and I knew my parents were going to be very proud of me.”

Junior Aicha Beye won first place in the French Poetry Recital, which left her very excited.

“It was a really proud moment for me,” Beye beamed. “I feel very dedicated to French and I liked having the approval of someone who spoke it way better than me.”

Junior Aicha Beye smiles after winning first place in the French Poetry Recital. (Anna Simms)

Outside of the poetry recitals, Beye and Busselman spent time with friends while exploring UMSL.

“It was really amazing to see all of the other world language clubs come together and just be there to celebrate learning languages and the love of them,” Busselman adds.

Students from the Spanish, French, and German classes won awards for various things. Here is the full list of awards:


  • Imane Larhdiri, 2nd place in Spanish Poetry Recital
  • Imane Larhdiri and Cora Fairbanks, Won Scavenger Hunt
  • Allie Quirk, 1st place in Spanish Poetry Recital
  • Allie Quirk, Alexis Shuster, Madalyn Breckenridge,  Anna Hillgartner, 2nd place in Spanish Skit Competition
  • Emma Thomas and Zoe Carpenter 2nd place in Spanish Poster Competition
  • Arthi Kondapaneni and Maddie DuBois, 1st place in Spanish Poster Competition


  • Aicha Beye, 1st Place in French Poetry Recital
  • Gracyn Burke and Kelsey Lynch, Won Scavenger Hunt


  • Anna Simms – German Poster 1st place 
  • Payton Busselman – German Poetry Recital 1st place