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High School Students Will Test Knowledge of Foreign Languages at U of M March 23rd

For release: March 4, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Some 1,000 area high school students will demonstrate their knowledge of foreign languages and cultures at the 22nd Annual Language Fair on Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center on the University of Memphis campus.

The theme for this year's fair is “Celebrating Diversity and Heritage through Language.” Events will be held for students of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. They will compete in such events as poetry recitation, costumes, folk dance, drama, music, research projects, crafts and a “culture bowl.”

Winners of these events, as well as those for poetry writing, essays and video submissions, will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the end of the fair. A Teacher of the Year award also will be presented to an outstanding area educator who has shown excellence in the teaching of foreign language.

The fair is sponsored by the U of M’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. More information is available at, or

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