BPC student from Hinesville receives superior mark for Spanish composition

MOUNT VERNON -- A Brewton-Parker College student who takes courses through the college's Liberty County external center in Hinesville received a superior rating on her composition submitted to the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Giavonni Peguero, a graduating senior from Hinesville, is a Spanish 102 student of Sherry LeCompte, assistant professor of French and Spanish at Brewton-Parker.

Peguero's composition, written in March, was judged in the outside experience category.

After receiving the topic at test time, composition writers have one hour to complete the assignment and are expected to demonstrate good control of sentence structure, as well as the ability to develop ideas with logic and imagination, without using any English expressions or a dictionary.

LeCompte said the topic for the competition at the 102 level asks the student to describe an experience, providing background information and circumstances, reporting what happened and describing how people felt. Peguero wrote her composition about a cousin's wedding.

Reporting such information requires the ability to know when to use the preterit past tense and the imperfect past tense, LeCompte added.

All students competing in the composition contest receive a certificate with one of four awards: superior, notable, good or participation.

"I always encourage my 102 and 201/202 students to participate in this contest," LeCompte said. "I tell them that it is good experience and looks good on resumes. The students cannot lose because there is no pressure as far as competition with other students is concerned. Students do not compete against each other, but only against the criteria for writing a good essay.

"I am very proud of Giavonni for participating and for receiving such a high rating."

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Giavonni Peguero, a graduating senior of Brewton-Parker College from Hinesville, holds her certificate representing the superior rating she received on her composition submitted to the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Peguero takes courses through the college's Liberty County external center in Hinesville.