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National Finalist

15th May 2019

Helena Piotrowicz had a 14th birthday to remember – she qualified for the finals of a national languages competition.

The Year 9 student will contest the finals of Routes into Languages Translation Bee in July after topping the regional finals at Queen Katharine Academy in Peterborough yesterday.

Described by Comberton teacher Adina Hategan as “the toughest Translation Bee I have seen so far”, Helena saw off the opposition in a competition where students translate as many sentences as they can in a minute.

The first round – in class at contestants’ schools – sentences were only in the present tense. The future tense was added for the school round with yesterday’s competition also including the future tense.

Comberton’s other regional finalists, Year 8s Guilia Porretta and Evie Crossley in Spanish and Year 9s George Whittle (German) and Megan Clark (French) narrowly missed out on securing places in the national finals. Imogen Ransome gave up her chance to instead participate in a dance competition on the same day.

Mrs Hategan added: “We are very proud of all of them. They were among the last 85 of more than 4000 in this region.

“We’d also like to thank our international leaders, Anna Crossley, Izzy Roberts and Holly Gordon, who came along to give support to our competitors, as well as taking photos.”

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