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Cherokee High School Students Compete in National Russian Essay Contest

Established 40 years ago, the American Council of Teachers of Russian Essay Contest provides high school students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing proficiency in Russian.

Pictured from left are Cherokee students Andrew Casey, Christian Sproesser, Thomas Lapinski, Dalton Klein, Lucas Lapinski, Aidan Hammond, Yehuda Roseman, Matthew Nordyk, Eryn Williams, Alan Rozenblit. Not pictured: Alisa Shapiro

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Congratulations to the eleven Cherokee students who took part in the 40th Annual National Russian Essay Contest on November 18, 2021.

Each is enrolled in either Russian 2 Hon, Russian 3 Hon, or AP Russian taught by Marian Barnum at Cherokee.

Established 40 years ago, the American Council of Teachers of Russian Essay Contest provides high school students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing proficiency in Russian.


Students were asked to write essays in Russian about “friendship.”

Topics are announced at the beginning of a two-hour period.

Essays are judged for their effectiveness in communicating ideas on a level appropriate to the entry categories (beginner, intermediate, advanced plus heritage or non-heritage).

The judges consider vocabulary, style, structure, and length, as well as grammatical accuracy.

Advanced entries are also judged for content, organization, and presentation.



About LRHSD

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,850 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 97.4% and an average combined SAT score of 1139.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.