STUDENT AWARDS

We are proud of the hard work of all Rochambeau students. We acknowledge and thank these students for achieving special honors and mentions for their academic success and community engagement.

2020 FRENCH MATH OLYMPIAD

 

Congratulations to our seven 11th graders who have got the Highest Honors at the 2020 French Math Olympiad - and therefore included in the North America AEFE ranking (80 entries for this area):

(from left to right and from top to bottom in the picture)

  • Adrien Yataco-Chatain, 8th in the North America AEFE ranking 
  • Léon Le Bohellec,  10th in the North America AEFE ranking 
  • Alec Laprevotte, 11th in the North America AEFE ranking 
  • Ellise Waller, 14th in the North America AEFE ranking 
  • Madeleine Guimbert, 16th in the North America AEFE ranking
  • Jules Breton, 17th in the North America AEFE ranking 
  • Avril Jammes, 22nd in the North America AEFE ranking 

Bravo also to Thomas Latendresse, Oban Lope Bassols and Mathéo Taillandier for their High Honors, and to Timon Odic for his Honors.

This competition, organized by the French Ministry of National Education, aims in particular to develop an interest in Math among 11th graders and to enable them to approach mathematical problems in a different way and to highlight the link between mathematics and other sciences.

2020 SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS

 

       

 

Congratulations to Lorette Schajer (11th grader) who were recognized by the Region-at-Large program of the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

She won the "Gold Key" Award in Photography category for "a story of draperies".

"This photo was taken during a workshop in Paris on the theme of "drapery". This photo shows it well with the throwing of scarves on the person. I'm very honored to have received this award, which gives me the boost to continue."
- Lorette (translated from French language)


2020 Rochambeau GEOBEE

We have a Rochambeau Geobee winner!  This year's Rochambeau GeoBee was held Wednesday morning, and everyone present was astounded by the knowledge of our thirty students representing 4th to 8th grades. They answered questions about cities, countries of the world, oceans, and continents, and had to use reasoning to determine some of their answers.  

This year's winner, Benjamin Fonseca, in 7th grade, will now take a test to determine if he will be selected from all the winners at participating Maryland schools to represent Rochambeau at the state National Geographic GeoBee in the spring.  In second place is Pascal Fuster, 6th grader, and the third place winner is Arthur Duval, in 8th grade. The three young men have been participating (and studying!) since they were first eligible in 4th grade.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the entire selection process which started in December with over 80 students.  We look forward to more excitement next year!

- Carol Flowers, English Teacher

 

Congratulations to Anas & Lucien '20

 

Two of our Seniors were recognized by the College Board’s National Merit Scholarship Program this year for their outstanding test results from the 2018 National PSAT/NMSQT test administration at Rochambeau.

Lucien Bates-Artinian and Anas Zouhar now join the top student test-takers around the world and have received a Letter of Commendation from the College Board. Each year, approximately 1.6 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT exam and only 34,000 receive this recognition. We are very proud of these young men and want to recognize their amazing accomplishment.

 

About this award: The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

Samantha Pressman '24

We congratulate Samantha Pressman! Along with her teacher, William Percy, we proudly share the news that Samantha's oustanding writing has been recognized with a "Talent for Writing" award. Last spring, while in 7th grade English Honors class, she submitted a short story to the Young Writers' "Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination" contest

Over 10,000 middle school entries from around the country were submitted, each a mini-saga containing exactly 100 words. Samantha's story, "Where's the Cocktail Sauce?", was selected to be included in a collection of essays to be published in February 2020, in the book MISSION CONTAMINATION -- MARYLAND TALES.

Be sure to stop by our school library to check out this new book later this school year.

Valentina El Harizi '23

Bravo to Valentina El Harizi, 9th grader, who is performing again this holiday season in the beautiful "The Nutcracker" at the Olney Ballet Theatre (choreographed by Mary Day, the founder of the Washington School of Ballet).  In 1961, the Washington School of Ballet premiered Mary Day’s The Nutcracker with the National Symphony Orchestra in Constitution Hall, starting a long-running tradition of delighting audiences during the holidays.

Valentina studies ballet with Olney Ballet Theatre's Artistic Director, Patricia Berrend, and will be performing several roles, including "Flower" in the Waltz of the Flower (as seen in the picture on the left). Shows run through December 24, 2019.

+ info >>

Madeleine Guimbert '21


Congratulations to Madeleine Guimbert, 11th grade student, who has once again been selected in the list of musicians (Flute / Piccolo) for the Orchestre des Lycées Français du Monde (OLFM).

This year, this orchestra will bring together more than 70 students from all over the world. A performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2020 at the Auditorium of Radio France in Paris.
Madeleine, who has been playing the flute and piccolo for nearly 11 years, is delighted to live this unforgettable experience again!


Click here to watch the concert from last year!


 

 


 

(Article from 2018-19)
Congratulations to Mia Gemayel, in 11th grade in 18-19, ranked 2nd at the regional alpine skiing championships, and as such, she is selected to represent the southern United States at the "junior olympics" championships. This is the sixth year in a row that she has qualified for these championships. 
Mia and her parents thank the Direction and all of Mia's teachers for their patience and support during the previous three months when she had to train several times a week.

Antoine Pangas '20

 

Congratulations to Antoine Pangas (12th grader) for his achievements. In June of last year, he was awarded the first prize in Maryland and nationally at the Investwrite competition sponsored by the SIFMA.

He had been learning about stocks, bonds and investment strategies in the financial markets through the Stock Market Game platform when he decided to enter the Investwrite competition by submitting an essay on one of the entrepreneur/company he liked and devise investment strategies for its growth, notably through the financial markets.  His essay was on the company Hackerone which uses white knight hackers to find cyber vulnerabilities at the Pentagon and private companies and resolve them for their clients.  He won a trip in NY and was able to have an insider peak at the NYSE, the NASDAQ, the Bloomberg and Microsoft. headquarters.

More info here >>

COUPE ANIMATH

Great news from the Math department: Daniel Pressman (4ème 4) and Samantha Pressman (4ème 2), are laureates of the Coupe Animath! Bravo! This is a great achievement, as the level of this math contest is extremely rigorous.

More info (in French) : https://maths-olympiques.fr/?p=3789

FRENCH EARTHSCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Congratulations to our five students who won awards at the 2019 French Earthscience Olympiad:

  • Alice Poitou, 1st runner-up in the AEFE ranking (6th in the national ranking)
  • Constance Henry-Legros, 2nd runner-up in the AEFE ranking (9th in the national ranking)
  • Thomas Lauwers, 3rd runner-up in the AEFE ranking (16th in the national ranking) - absent from the photo
  • Paul Guimbert, 22nd in the national ranking
  • Augustin Lecuit, 36th in the national ranking

Thanks to their Earth Sciences and Physics and Chemistry teachers, Sébastien Brettnacher, Patricia Escalant and Elodie Texier-Pautone!

This competition, organized by the French Ministry of National Education, aims in particular to develop an interest in science among high school students and promote the emergence of a new scientific culture around geosciences.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2019

Congratulations to Sylvie Bartusek (11th grader) who were recognized by the Region-at-Large program of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

She won several prizes in this competition:

  • The "Gold Key" Award in Comic Art category for a story called "The Running Girl" that she wrote and illustrated.
  • Several "Silver Key" Awards: for the sculpture "Monsters are Made of Dried Catalpa Beanpod Husks" (the photo with the mask on an orange background), for the animation "Yellow Fruit" (see below) and the animation The Running Girl.
  • The "Honorable Mention" for other works in Film & Animation, Digital Art and Comic Art categories.

 



Congratulations to Charlotte Bastien (10th grader) who were also recognized by the Region-at-Large program of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

She won an "Honorable Mention" in the Photography Category, for her work titled "Fall".

 

 


GeoBee

Rochambeau’s GeoBee was held on January 16th. Frederic McQuibban (4ème) was the top winner and has competed in our GeoBee every year since CM1! Congratulations also to 2nd place winner, Benjamin Fonseca (6ème), and 3rd place winner, Arthur Duval (5ème and 2018 winner).
Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the GeoBee supports the teaching and learning of geography for students in 4th through 8th grades from nearly 10,000 schools across the USA.

Congratulations to our winners, and to all the students who competed this year. We are so proud of their efforts. Rochambeau has participated in the National GeoBee for 15 years!
- Mme Carole Flowers

Mia Gemayel '20

Congratulations to Mia Gemayel, in 11th grade in 18-19, ranked 2nd at the regional alpine skiing championships, and as such, she is selected to represent the southern United States at the "junior olympics" championships. This is the sixth year in a row that she has qualified for these championships. 
Mia and her parents thank the Direction and all of Mia's teachers for their patience and support during the previous three months when she had to train several times a week.

2017-18 Recognition about the fight against extremism, racism and discrimination

Students from 11 to 12th grades were recognized for their contribution to the fight against extremism, racism and discrimination. M Bernard Mossé, scholar with the Foundation of the Camp des Milles and coordinator of the UNESCO Chair "Education for Citizenship, Human Sciences and Shared Memories”, came from France to award the Unesco Citizenship Certificate to the students.

These students, along with their History/Geography teachers, participated in actions and activities designed to better understand the roots of extremism and discrimination. Also, last year, these students interviewed survivors of the Holocaust, met with witnesses of the violence of WWII, read books and volunteered to lead discussions and used their free time to film the work of others. We are proud of their involvement.

Award Ceremony Photos

 

WINTER SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT

Rochambeau Chess Club had a successful day on Saturday, December 8th, at the Chess Wizards Tournament at American University. For the 2nd and 3rd grade division, Leonardo McCarthy (CE1) won first place and Selma Kahn (CE2) won fourth place.

At the team level, Rochambeau finished third for 2nd and 3rd graders. For the 4th and 5th grade division, Rochambeau finished in second place. 

All our congratulations to the winners and bravo to the 8 participants, and thank you Mr. Will!



Laura Latendresse '19

Laura Latendresse has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of her outstanding performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) in 2018. Laura achieved a score in the top 5% of test-takers in this examination.

In addition to earning this distinction, Laura is active in many extra-curricular activities. She is the lead singer of the Blue Eyed Souls, participates in the book club, and is a tutor.

Laura arrived at Rochambeau in 5th Grade and she has always valued the sense of community and acceptance that our school exudes. She says,"The importance of bilingualism and multiculturalism makes the school all the more rich and interesting."

Thankful for the years spent at Rochambeau, Laura hopes to study Environmental Engineering either in Canada or in the United States next year. 

About this award: The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

Thomas Tressel '19

Thomas Tressel has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of his outstanding performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) in 2018. Thomas achieved a score in the top 5% of test-takers in this examination.

Thomas arrived in 7th grade for the first time in the French education system. He said he adapted quickly thanks to really nice classmates and teachers. 

Thomas has become really involved in the school, and loves the diverse community here. He is also part of Rochambeau Swim Team and a Rochambeau representative to the Model UN!

As he prepares for his next academic adventure, Thomas feels really well-prepared for college thanks to the excellent quality of teaching at Rochambeau. "Being in a French school while in the US really gives you the opportunity to easily apply to different countries, both in America and in Europe." He hopes to study math and physics!

About this award: The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

Klara Drees-Gross '22

Congratulations to Klara Drees-Gross, a 9th grader, who is laureate of the Animath Cup!
The Animath Cup is part of the French Olympic Preparation for Mathematics (PFOM), which prepares and selects Middle and High School students who will represent France in various international mathematics competitions, such as the RMM (Romanian Masters of Mathematics), the EGMO (European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad), the JBMO (Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad) and the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad).

To join this program, students participate in the "Fall Animath Cup", which is divided into two phases:

  • 1st phase: online elimination phase. Interested Rochambeau students answered an online test from home. Those who have passed this phase are qualified for the next one.
  • 2nd phase: This is a 3-hour test (middle school) or 4-hour test (high school). It is an open competition from 8th to 12th grade, and in 7th grade exceptionally. 18 Rochambeau students (from 7th to 12th grade) took this 2nd test on October 3rd.

This is a very high mathematical level test. Only 117 candidates were selected from all schools in France and abroad. This is the first time that a Rochambeau student has been selected to continue preparing for the competitions.

Bravo again Klara and good luck for the next steps!

More information about Animath Cup (french language) >

Santiago Heitner '19

Bravo to Santiago who is recognized academically as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).

Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT test.

The College Board’s NHRP program is an academic honor that can be included on college applications. Colleges use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

Good luck to Santiago for his senior year!


Madeleine Guimbert '21

Madeleine Guimbert, elected by her fellow students of 2nd 4, will represent Rochambeau at the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in France from November 12 to 15.  

This prize is one of the most prestigious French literary awards and is sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Education, the Fnac bookstore and the Bruit de Lire Association, and stems from the original Prix Goncourt. Every year, The Académie Goncourt selects 15 of that year’s new novels. High school students from 50 schools in France and 3 abroad (including ours) study these 15 novels and, after intense and lengthy discussions, choose what they consider to be the three best.  It is this choice that Madeleine will defend in Paris with the other “foreign” delegates. Further regional deliberations result in the nomination of three novels and one elected foreign delegate will defend this choice in Rennes at the final deliberations.

+ More information about the Prix Goncourt

Bliss Bagnato-Conlin '18

Congratulations! Bliss Bagnato-Conlin has been named a  winner in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Bliss was chosen from among 15,000 finalists nationwide for her combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. She will be receiving a $2,500 scholarship to be used towards her upcoming studies at Colombia University. 

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Awards are conferred based on outstanding achievement on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) as well as superior academic records, teacher recommendations, and student essays. 

In addition to earning this distinction, Bliss is a top student at Rochambeau and active in many extra-curricular activities. You will frequently see Bliss in the spotlight as a vocalist with the Blue Eyed Souls and performer in a variety of Rochambeau theatrical and musical groups. 

As a "Rochambeau Forever" student, Bliss joined our preschool program at 2 years old. When we asked her about some favorite memories Bliss mentioned her love of travel and mentioned her two favorite school trips with her CM1 class to Canada and 2nde class to Costa Rica.

Bliss loves the diverse community here at Rochambeau, and it is one of the many things she will miss when she graduates. As she prepares for her next academic adventures, Bliss hopes to study neuroscience and neuropsychology in university, while continuing her dance, singing, and art. She feels well-prepared for these challenges thanks to our school's rigorous academic program and inspiring teachers.

About this award: The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. 

Abigail Chen '18

Abigail Chen has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of her outstanding performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) in 2017. Abigail achieved a score in the top 5% of test-takers for this examination. In addition to earning this distinction, Abigail is active in the school community:  her graphic design talents are featured in both RectoVerso and Salle Bulletin, our school's student publications. She loves learning languages: besides the 3 languages which she speaks daily, French, English and Spanish, she also studies Japanese and Chinese after school.

Abigail arrived in 4th grade at Rochambeau, and remembers  the warm welcome of her classmates. When we asked her about her favorite part of school, Abigail mentioned the international diversity, the team spirit, and the close-knit Rochambeau community. She loves that our school is smaller than many other local schools as this makes it possible to better get to know the other students and teachers.

About this award: The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

Conor O'Siadhail '23

Technology Contest Middle School


In November 2016, 371 Rochambeau students participated in the  Castor informatique competition and the results of our students were quite noteworthy!

Among all French schools: students who score in the top 10% of this competition are selected to participate in an additional competitive level, the Algoréa competition. (Participants in the competition in 2016: 474,903 students).

At Rochambeau: 27% of our students scored exceptionally well and were selected to take part in the Algoréa competition.

Special honors: Additionally, 5 of our students ranked in the top 100 of all competitors in their categories:

 5° Individuals: 4° Individual:3° Team:
 5° Maya Lewis
5° Chloe Pangas
 4° Matthieu Louat3° Theo Bui 
3° Antoine Rouat


The  Castor informatique competition covers various aspects of Information Technology: information and representation, algorithmic thinking, application usage, data structures, logic games, computers and society. Following this initial contest, students are then eligible to participate in the Algoréa competition in January 2017.

 

Felipe Gonzalez Karg '18

Felipe Gonzalez Karg, 1-S, achieved a top score on the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam administered in May 2016. Felipe earned a score so superior that he received a letter of special recognition from the College Board.

Felipe not only received the top score of 5, but was one of only 108 students in the world (0.07% of all 2016 AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam takers) to earn every point possible on this difficult assessment.

Congratulations, Felipe!


The AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam
assesses students' proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Exam questions assess all themes outlined in the course and exam description. As much as possible, students read and listen to authentic texts from the Spanish-speaking world throughout the exam.

 

Claire Latendresse '17

Claire Latendresse has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of her outstanding perfomance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) in 2015. Claire achieved a score in the top 5% of test-takers in this examination. In addition to earning this distinction, Claire is a top student at Rochambeau and active in many extra-curricular activities. You will hear her vocals with the Blue Eyed Souls, and can see her on stage in a variety of theatre groups at Rochambeau and in the Bethesda area. Claire is also a representative in student government (CVL).

We asked Claire what she'll miss most about Rochambeau after she graduates: "The people! Teachers change and buildings change – even ways of teaching and learning changes. But we love spending time with each other as friends. The thing that stays constant are the people who surround you."

About this award: The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

Forest Rd Campus
Elementary • Secondary • Administrative Offices
9600 Forest Rd Bethesda, MD 20814
301.530.8260
3200 Woodbine St Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301.907.3265
Bradley Campus
Maternelle • Preschool
7108 Bradley Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817
301.767.1683
powered by finalsite