TJCA students perform outstandingly at World Languages Competition


AVONDALE — Several Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) students posted top-3 finishes at Western Carolina University’s World Languages Competition on Tuesday. 

In the Spanish Quiz Bowl competition, students were given questions in Spanish and had to respond in Spanish. The team of John Palmer, Carson Gilliam, Ava Bridges, and Aidan O’Reilly finished third.

In the French Music category, TJCA placed first overall thanks to the efforts of Alayna Simmons, Kate Fletcher, Charlotte Ramaley, Faith Walker, Melea Jones, Leigha Burroughs, Isaac Randolph, Emma-Rae Walker, Emily Faulkner, Liv Webb, Sammie Ross, Kira Lloyd, Dominic McCraw, Philip Liverett.

In the Spanish Music category, TJCA posted a third-place finish. Students competing in that category included Maigan Stowe, Elise Richards, Larson Lancaster, Zoe Zuniga, Raquel Hislop, Lexi Sewell, Emma Buckner, and Colby Harden.

TJCA claimed the top-3 spots in the French Poetry category as Alayna Simmons placed first, Liv Webb placed second and Wren Walked finished third. 

Zee Rempson finished first in the Spanish Poetry category. 

In the Spanish Show & Tell (Spanish 1) category, Selma McMurry finished second and Ansley McNeely finished third. 

Grace Snyder posted a second-place finish in the Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking - Spanish 3 category and Daria McGinnis placed second in the Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking - Spanish 4 category. 

The program is led by Mrs. Stites and Mrs. Lloyd.