Students strike gold in language contest

County Upper School students with certificates for the international Language Perfect competition and the four gold medal winners were in the top 1% in the world.
County Upper School students with certificates for the international Language Perfect competition and the four gold medal winners were in the top 1% in the world.
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SECONDARY school students proved their ‘fantastisch’ and ‘supremo’ language skills after emerging in the top tier of an international competition.

Edwina d’Almeida, 14, and 16-year-olds Ryan Palmer, Hazel Forde and Millie Stanton, at County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, scooped gold in the Language Perfect World Championship 2011.

They rocketed into the top one per cent in the world by answering as many online foreign language questions as they could in seven days.

The languages included German, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

About 80,000 youngsters took part in the contest, including about 20 from County Upper.

Head Vicky Neale said: “We have a strong reputation for foreign languages and it’s nice to have it reflected.”

A bronze accolade also went to Alex Davison, while Jenny Croydon received a credit.