• Several Senenca students participated in and won awards while participating in the national "Olympiada of Spoken Russian" competition held on March 23, 2021. Each student spoke online with two judges from Temple University who are native speakers of Russian.

     

    Student (grade)

    Award

    Contest Level

    Seneca Course

    Sharon Feinleib (12)

    Gold

    Beginner/Level 1

    Russian 1

    Dylan Birnbohm-Kaminski (9)

    Gold

    Beginner/Level 1

    Russian 1

    Alexander Sztajerwald (9)

    Gold

    Beginner/Level 1

    Russian 1

    William Xenakis (9)

    Gold

    Beginner/Level 1

    Russian 1

    Luke Handt (9)

    Silver

    Beginner/Level 1

    Russian 1


    Just what is Olympiada?

    You may have heard Seneca students of Russian talking with excitement about Olympiada. Just what is Olympiada? The Olympiada of Spoken Russian is a national contest for high school students of Russian held each year around the country. Seneca students participate in the Delaware Valley Olympiada hosted by Temple University. It is a chance for students to be in an environment where everyone speaks Russian. The Olympiada is not just a place to celebrate knowledge of the Russian language and culture, it is a chance to develop competency and confidence while having fun speaking Russian.

    Students participating in the competition perform three tasks in Russian:

    1. Speak about topics such as family, school, or sports
    2. Discuss Russian composers, art, history, or literature
    3. Recite poetry from memory

    There is no other language contest like it in the United States. Seneca students begin preparing months in advance for this unique and enjoyable event. It is with great pride that we announce these results.