Colleges' students placed first in three of four individual events and second overall at the New York Collegiate Russian Language Competition, held on Saturday, April 8 at SUNY Binghamton. The students 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 (WS '09) took first place in the monologue; Anne Buechel (WS) took first place 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.
Teams from Binghamton, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) also participated. The event has been held annually since 2002, when it was created by Hobart and William Smith and Union College. In 2007, the event will be held at West Point.
Professors Irina Mikhaleva, David Galloway, and Kristen Welsh, all of the HWS Russian Area Studies program, served as judges at this year's competition. Professor Mikhaleva also coached the HWS team this semester.