Winners of the 2020 edition


  • Congratulations to all the candidates! The AJFS Editorial Committee has been very impressed by the overall quality of the essays.

  • The 40 students below represent the top 4% of the applicants of the 2020 edition.

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High Schools

1. Nicole Hu, St. Paul’s School (NH). $150

2. Silvia Rivet, Baton Rouge Magnet High School (LA). $50

3. Emery Doga, Ascension Episcopal School (LA). TV-5 Monde

4. Jacob LeBlanc, Lafayette High School (LA)

5. Charlie Roth, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge (LA)

6. Anna Patricia Cutrone, Metairie Park Country Day School (LA)

7. Samarah Bentley, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans (LA)

8. Amelia Thompson, Westdale Middle School (LA)

9. Diana Mayer, St. Thomas More Catholic High School (LA)

10. Ana-Claire Perkins, Saint Louis Catholic High School (LA)

11. Laura Newman, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (NY)

12. Kate Braverman, Scarsdale High School (NY)

13. Margaret Stewart, Lee Magnet High School (LA)

14. Rita Ntipouna, Lafayette High School (LA)

15. Ava Wilkes, Benjamin Franklin High School (LA)

16. Natalia Morris, De La Salle High School (LA)

17. Tanvi Dhaka, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge (LA)

18. Aiden Clouatre, Saint Amant High School (LA)

19. Jeremy Cormier, Lafayette High School (LA)

20. Abhinav Pathak, Glasgow Middle School (LA)


1. John Sandefur, Tulane University (LA). $250

2. Matigan King, New York University (NY). $100

3. Abby Garver, University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL). TV-5 Monde

4. Carinne Jarvis, Loyola University of Chicago (IL)

5. Ingrid Ren, Brown University (RI)

6. Lauren “Lou” Buhl, Wayne State University (MI)

7. Aazaad Burn, University of Oregon (OR)

8. Valeria Colunga, University of Texas at Austin (TX)

9. Allie Greenwell, Xavier University (OH)

10. Nicolas Garon, Louisiana State University (LA)

11. Samantha R. Zeid, University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

12. Jacob Boudreaux, Ochsner Clinical School (LA)

13. Amy Rodriguez-Peris, University of Connecticut (CT)

14. Heaven L. Moore, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

15. Simon Paige, Arizona State University (AZ)

16. Yujing Zhang, New York University (NY)

17. Trent Threeton, Southeastern Louisiana University (LA)

18. Hannah Milstead, Louisiana College (LA)

19. Samira Bechara, University of New Orleans (LA)

20. Samar Miled, Duke University (NC)



The Editorial Board of the American Journal of French Studies received 50+ essays from adults studying or practicing French in the United States. The selection below is a ranking of the top 10% of the candidates.

1. Susan Anderson, Michigan State University (MI)

2. Daniel Blanchard, Louisiana State University (LA)

3. Pierre Mvuezolo Phoba, Université du Cepromad de Matadi (CD)

4. Marie Sadron, ESCP Business School (FR)

5. Karim Hamzaoui, INU Champollion (FR)

Winners of the 2019 edition

1. Tatiana Bienvenu, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA. $250

2. Alex Nelson, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA. $150


3. Marsela Missner, Paul Breaux Middle School, Lafayette, LA. $100


4. Gracee Leblanc, Lafayette High School, Lafayette, LA. $50

5. Elaine Bachman, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA.

6. Grace Miholic, St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Lafayette, LA.

7. Ashtyn Raxsdale, Ascension Episcopal School, Lafayette, LA.

8. Beatriz Amorosino, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

10. Ella Forest, Audubon Charter School/Upper Campus, New Orleans, LA.

10. Ronan Basik, Audubon Charter School/Upper Campus, New Orleans, LA.


For the 2019 edition, students across the United States sent essays written in French on the following topic: Call For Short papers (CFSP) 2019 – AJFS