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2015 'french Consulate In Boston Excellence Award' Presented To Jean-paul Honegger Of Bowdoin College

(From left to right: Consul General of France Fabien Fieschi, Jean-Paul Honegger, his professor Katherine Dauge-Roth and Cultural Attachée Emmanuelle Marchand)

In this time of commencement, we are pleased to warmly congratulate Jean-Paul Honegger, recent graduate of Bowdoin College who is the proud winner of the 2015 Excellence Award of the Consulate General of France in Boston for the most remarkable student in the promotion of French culture and language. This prize was awarded to him by the Consul General of France at a ceremony at the French Consulate on June 4.

The prize was created last year to recognize a student of French in a New England university, member of a French/Francophone club or French house (maison française), who especially stood out thanks to his active promotion of French language- and culture-related activities on his college campus. The competition began as a test run at ten universities in and around Boston, and was this year, for the first time, open to all colleges in the district of the French Consulate of Boston.

Jean-Paul is a Swiss-Dutch native speaker of French, who has been remarkably active in the revitalization of the French club ("Famille francophone") at Bowdoin College, enabling the club to grow exponentially, now numbering 8% of the entire student population (150 students). He has taken many initiatives to enrich the activities of the club as well as to bring French culture to the wider student population. In just the last two years, the Famille francophone has hosted numerous highly successful events such as: the Tournées film festival (twice), with opening and concluding receptions and professors and students from across the disciplines introducing the films and leading their discussion; a comedy evening with Gad Elmaleh in Portland, ME; a screening of Daniel Leconte’s film C’est dûr d’être aimé par des cons followed by discussion led by Jean-Paul of the events at Charlie Hebdo and HyperCasher and their aftermath; a screening and discussion with Cambodian documentary filmmaker Kalyanee Mam of her film “A River Changes Course;” as well as French dinners, crêpe and fondue nights. Jean-Paul also began and hosts a weekly radio show, “Pardon my French” on the Bowdoin radio station, where he plays music from the Francophone world, provides commentary on current events and socio-cultural questions in the French-speaking world, and interviews French speakers on various topics of interest, all in French, bien sûr! He also organized the visit of French Vice-Consul Jérôme Henry to discuss working opportunities in France.

Bravo to this remarkable student for his energy, exceptional motivation and great intellectual curiosity!

Bravo also to all the students who were nominated by their professors for their outstanding achievements and all received certificates of excellence :- Julia Angeles of Middlebury College- Jaime Breingan of UMass Lowell- Ned Connolly of Tufts University- Shelly Enright of Mount Holyoke College- Cherie Gu of Boston University- Ge Huang of Colby Sawyer College- Nikhil Kumar of Brown University- Terry Lee of Amherst College- Tobias Logan of UMaine Farmington- Sophia Qadir of Boston University- Sarah Ramire of Providence College- Elena Sokoloski of Harvard University- Mary Varnavides of Saint Michael's College

 

 

 

You can watch a short interview of Jean-Paul here.

 

 

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