On Thursday, May 21, Le Cercle Fran ais, French Club and La Soci (c)t (c) Honoraire de Fran ais, French National Honor Society, both chapters recognized by the American Association of Teachers of French, held its ninth annual induction ceremony.
The theme of the evening's ceremony was inspired by the French film "L'Homme qui plantait des arbres, The man who planted trees," about an ordinary man who improved the lives of 10,000 people by going out daily, unanimously, to plant trees. Each student received a seedling tree to plant.
Bev and Frank Sierpina, parents of French AP graduates Nick Powers (1995) and Colin Powers (2000) were honored for their many years of support. Keeping with tradition, the seniors were coached by former Baker music teacher, Carol Jacobe, who accompanied their performance of "L'Envie d'Aimer" from the musical "Les Dix Commandements." This moving song tells that all man needs to stop wars and hatred is the desire to love. Solos were performed by Sarah Blewett, Vanja Brugger, Erin Carrino, Liz Magowan, Alaina Sawyer, Brian Scott and Liz Van Slyke.
Ryan Brissenden, recipient of a 2009 AATF Travel Stipend, spoke about the April trip to France and showed the video that he had prepared: "Our Dance Through France." Each of the 25 students who traveled with him received a copy.
It was then time for the inductees to speak about the benefits of knowing a foreign language and why they were planning to continue to study French. This was followed by a summary of the activities of the second year of Cercle Fran ais by co-presidents Joellen Huebner and Ryan Brissenden including monthly meetings, varied activities and the service projects of the members: 45 members in peer tutoring, 22 as peer mentors, seniors who taught French in the after-school enrichment programs, and all 83 members participating in fund-raising for Paige's Butterfly Run.