Smashing scores for Vocab Express competitors

Friday 7 October 2016

Tuesday 4 October rounded off the annual Vocab Express competition, a week-long championship in which students from all over the globe battle one another for the top scores in a range of languages including Arabic, Mandarin and Portuguese.

The highest scoring participant at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) was Emily Ball, Lower Sixth (L6), who finished in third place worldwide with a fantastic 102,010 points. As a French A-level student, Emily competed in a variety of French units along with her previous GCSE subject, Latin, to achieve her score.

Isabella Green, L6, finished second in Latin globally and sixth overall with 91,545 points, contributing to GSAL’s success as the second highest scoring school for Latin.

Mr Gibson, head of classics at GSAL, congratulated Emily and Isabella on their “magnificent performances”, saying: “The number of hours spent and huge volume of words that these two covered make their dedication to languages a joy to behold. Their combined score was more than many schools with 100 times the number of students competing.”

The competition coincided with GSAL’s celebration of European Day of Languages, which students marked in energetic style with their own Euro 2016 football tournament, a Ritmo Latino workout session and multilingual karaoke. There were also language themed house assemblies and quizzes for different year groups throughout the day.

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By Ilana Pearce L6

Photo: (L-R) Isabella and Emily check out their positions on the Latin leader board

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