ORONO — During the 2018 Foreign Language Association of Maine annual conference, Elijah McGill of Orono High School was honored with the Student Recognition Award.
In the words of his world language teachers, Elijah “truly has a gift.” His inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, and skill are unparalleled and his language proficiency makes him deserving of this award.
His language journey began in Montreal as a 4-year old when he attended an all-French school for several years. He restarted his French learning as an academic subject and without any formal training, he enrolled in French IV as a sophomore. Not only was he successful, but he also was awarded the French IV book award and placed first in the state and fourth nationally in the Grand Concours National French examination.
Last year on the national Spanish exam, he placed in the top 95th percentile nationally and was only one of two to receive a gold award on the level 4 exam. This past semester, he was able to travel to Costa Rica.
His savoir faire in languages is light years above his peers and his academic success continues into all other areas. For his achievement in a modern or classical language, we congratulate Elijah McGill from Orono High School.