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A Cape Town student has just been named as one of the top 3 in the world!!! Former winners of this incredible accolade include luminaries such as Victor Hugo, Louis Pasteur and Charles Baudelaire.


Cape Town, South Africa (09 June 2022) – A 16-year old Grade 11 student at the Cape Town French School is among the three best students in the world in History.

This was confirmed by Principal Samuel Jourdan, who said that Emiliano Lopez Granados had received a prize in the “Concours General”, the oldest examination in the French School system, started in 1744. Former winners include luminaries such as Victor Hugo, Louis Pasteur and Charles Baudelaire.

Concours General is a worldwide exam open to the very best students at all French schools both in France and throughout the world. Several thousand students enter every year.

“Emiliano elected to enter the exam in History, and his teacher, Guillaume Basello, spent a significant amount of extra tuition time with him in preparing for the gruelling examination. What is extraordinary is that Mexican citizen Emiliano wrote the examination in French, and this is not his home language.

“This is the equivalent of obtaining three stars in the Michelin Guide! It’s an extraordinary result for us in Cape Town, and we are enormously proud of him.”

Emiliano will receive his prize from the French Minister of Education on 7 July at La Sorbonne University in Paris, and he will find out then where in the top three he was graded.

Cape Town Student Named As One of Top 3 in The World!
Emiliano Lopez Granados | Photo Cred: Cape Town French School

But this is not the only good news story from the Cape Town French School – which admits children from age 2 to 18, including non-French speaking children up to Grade 10. The school has achieved many other accolades in the past few months.

Joshua Engelsmann, a Grade 12 student, was selected for the “Bourse Excellence Major”, a 5-year scholarship granted to the best non-French Grade 12 students in the international French School system (AEFE). Joshua is one of only two students selected in South Africa and among only 182 globally.

Students Tom Vanrenterghem and Riyad Yahyaoui have been selected to represent South Africa and 14 other neighbouring countries for the finals in France of the ‘Ambassadeurs en Herbe’, the French Model United Nations.

And lastly, Grade 7 pupil Emilie Duchenne has just published her first novel, an extremely engaging book for young readers called “Azimagina: La Princesse Secrète”.

The Cape Town French School has about 350 pupils from over 30 nationalities across its two campuses. It was founded in 1987 and offers a first-class French education in a dual-medium environment. The syllabus is run under the auspices of AEFE, the world’s largest network of schools with a single curriculum in 543 schools across 139 countries.

It offers the French baccalauréat and the Cambridge International examination at its two campuses.

Sources: Cape Town French School
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