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Six Boston University Students Receive Honors in National Russian Essay Contest
Six Boston University students won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as Honorable Mentions, in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (http://actr.org/). Over 1,000 students from all over the United States compete in the contest every year, and many of the students who place come from highly regarded universities and colleges. Students write on a topic that is announced immediately before they begin. They have an hour to write their essays, and they may not consult outside materials while they work. This year’s topic — the same for all levels of Russian — was “An Important Decision in My Life.”
The Russian program is proud to announce the winners: Theodore Darenkov (Gold or First Place, Russian Heritage Learners, Level 1); Marcin Swieczkowski (Silver or Second Place, Heritage Speakers of a Slavic Language Other than Russian, Level 3); Kseniya Rogulina (Bronze or Third Place, Russian Heritage Learners, Level 2); Rebecca Shipler (Honorable Mention, Heritage Speakers of a Slavic Language Other than Russian, Level 2); Joseph Weber (Honorable Mention, Non-Heritage Students Taking Russian for the First Time, Level 2); and Alexander Williams (Honorable Mention, Non-Heritage Students Taking Russian for the First Time, Level 1). Hearty congratulations to these students and their instructors!