Eleventh Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest in the heritage speaker-level one category!


Apr. 23, 2010

Please join the Russian Studies Program and the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry in congratulating Julia Rabkin '11, who took third place in the Eleventh Annual American Councils of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest in the heritage speaker-level one category

Heritage Learners, Level one is defined as "students who speak Russian with their families and who have NOT attended school in Russia or the former Soviet Union and had to learn reading and writing skills after emigration."

In this year's contest, there were 1,023 essays submitted from 64 universities and colleges across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia. Over 100 students from 47 institutions throughout the United States won gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention certificates.  This is a huge achievement for Julia, especially considering that two years ago she didn't know the Russian alphabet (although could speak).

The Russian Studies program would like to thank all our students who participated in the contest. The contest would not have been the tremendous success it was without your willingness to participate. As we already said, each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call. We hope that this prestigious award to a Brandeis student will encourage all of you (heritage and non-heritage learners of Russian) to continue your study of the language, to participate in the essay contest next year and to win more awards for Brandeis University in the future.