Every year, the Centre for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia organize a competition open to all college students enrolled in Italian courses at all levels. In order to participate, students have to submit an original multimedia presentation (completely in Italian) on the topic chosen for that year. The topic for 2013 was “Italy: its territories (regions) and its future”.
Well, for the third year in a row, Bryn Mawr College students of Italian placed themselves at the top of the winners’ list.
Bryn Mawr juniors Jadil Rodriguez, a major in Psychology with a minor in Italian, and Vanessa Gonzales, majoring in Economics with a minor in Italian, won second and third place respectively. They both submitted creative multimedia projects originated from their work in Dr. Giuliana Perco’s Italian 201 (Italian Culture and Society), an advanced level Italian cultural studies course that they took during Fall 2012.
Jadil’s project also won her a Summer scholarship for an intensive course of Italian language and culture at the prestigious Università per Stranieri in Siena, Italy. The award ceremony will take place at the University of Pennsylvania in March.
Last year, another Bryn Mawr student, Cindy Columbus, a junior and a double major in Italian and Linguistics, won a scholarship to Siena, while Gillian Diffenderfer, a Bryn Mawr senior majoring in Romance Languages with a focus on Italian and Spanish, won a Summer scholarship to the University of Perugia in 2011.
Way to go, Mawrters e ….. bravissime Jadil e Vanessa!