A message from Contest Administrator, Denise Mahns:


Le Grand Concours 2018

Increased Participation, On-Time Results


            Le Grand Concours 2018 went much more smoothly than in the previous few years!  The on-line store allowed for a longer window of opportunity for ordering, and on-line testing this year allowed for teacher flexibility in administering the test.  FLES codes were sent on-time and teachers were able to administer FLES tests prior to February break.  Hopefully, teachers of students in grades 7-12 were able to work around snow days and activities cancellations during the wild month of March!  


            Central New York saw an increase in participation this year.  We welcome two districts where the National French Contest took place for the first time in recent years: North Syracuse and Groton.  Results came in April and prizes have now all been distributed.  As in the past, national winners received a medal and a printed certificate.  Students earning Honorable Mention on the national level also received a printed certificate.  The AATF of CNY provided named awards to the top scorer(s) in each level in Central New York and participation certificates to those students who did not receive a national certificate.  The new 50-cent per test chapter fee paid for these prizes and certificates, as well as shipping expenses.  Any additional funds were allocated to the AATF of CNY’s annual scholarship for excellence in the study of French.


            As always, students in Central New York earned outstanding results!  Within our chapter, there were 59 bronze medal winners, 74 silver medal winners, 19 gold medal winners, and one platinum winner with a perfect score on the Level 1 Contest!  In addition, many students earned Honorable Mention.  Félicitations to all!


Participating school districts this year included: Ithaca, Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt, Marcellus, Lansing, North Syracuse, Cazenovia, Liverpool and Groton. Nationwide, over 74,000 students participated in all levels of the National French Contest.


The Grand Concours 2019 will take place on the following dates:

FLES: February 10-23, 2019

Levels 01-5: February 19-March 18, 2019

Please note the earlier end to testing season and make note of your district’s February break when scheduling FLES testing.  Ordering will once again be available in December.





Again, please do not hesitate to contact me at grandconcoursaatfcny@gmail.com  if you have any questions.  I have administered the online National French Contest since its inception and I would be happy to set your minde at ease if you have any concerns about technology or any other part of the National French Contest.



Denise Caroline Mahns

Doctor of Modern Languages

National Board Certified Teacher of French

Fayetteville-Manlius High School



NOTE:  National results are available at: