HHS senior Lauren Nielsen has earned the 2017 Outstanding Senior in French award for Harrison High School from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Founded in 1927, AATF has as its mission the promotion of the study of French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures at all levels. To qualify for the award, a student must have maintained an “A” average in French and a “B” average overall and have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the study of French both in and out of class.
“Lauren, a tour de force all her own, is an outstanding young person who came in as a freshman dedicated to all things French—and she has never stopped!” said HHS French teacher Susie Michel. “With that certain je ne sais quoi quality of hers, Lauren rose each year through both the academic ranks and those of the French Club to become its co-President. Crêpes and gaufres (waffles) galore are only two of the many initiatives she has taken on over the years. Her genuine commitment from beginning to end, both in and out of class—she has even traveled twice to France—is a hallmark of who she is (even beyond things French). Voilà the reason for which she has earned this singular distinction this year---touché! Félicitations et vas-y Lauren!”