Students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges placed first in three of four individual events and second overall at the New York Collegiate Russian Language Competition, Saturday, April 8 at SUNY Binghamton.
They were judged in four events: giving a three-minute autobiographical monologue, sight-reading a passage from a 20th-century short story, reciting a poem by Alexander Pushkin, and taking a written grammar test.
Meghan O'Loughlin placed first in the monologue competition; Anne Buechel placed first in the poem recitation and the grammar test, and second place overall.
Both students began their study of Russian at the Colleges and are currently enrolled in Russian 102.
David Galloway, Irina Mikhaleva and Kristen Welsh, all of the HWS Russian Area Studies faculty, served as judges at this year's competition. Mikhaleva also coached this semester's HWS team.
Teams from the host school, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point also participated. The event has been held annually since 2002, when it was created by Hobart and William Smith and Union College. Next year's competition will be held at West Point.