Olympiada winners with James Pasquill, SUNY Director of International Programs, who officiated at this year’s closing ceremony.
Sixty high-school students of the Russian language from Shaker, Tamarac, and Staten Island Technical high schools competed in the annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in UAlbany’s Campus Center Assembly Hall. The competition is held annually in localities across the United States by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). The Russian program in the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has been hosting the event at UAlbany for 21 consecutive years in coordination with Ms. Galina Kats, a Russian teacher and the director of foreign language instruction at Shaker High School. Students are judged on their communicative abilities in Russian in conversation about themselves and topics in Russian area studies, reading and summarizing texts, and reciting poetry from memory. Russian-speaking members of the UAlbany community and from the upstate area volunteer to act as judges. This year’s first-place winner in the “heritage learner” category was Alyson Brandis of Staten Island Technical High School. The runner-up in the regular category was Andrew Connor of Tamarac, and the first-place winner in the regular category was Suzanna Diehl of Shaker High School.
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