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2022 Why Learn Languages Competition


An essay (400-800 words) on this prompt:

"What has brought you to wanting to learn ______ (culture, history, language, etc.)?

Students may finish the prompt by adding their target language. For example, using the question of "What has brought you to wanting to learn French?", or "What has brought you to wanting to learn Chinese?"

This may also be a video of a student or a student group singing a song in the target language with a minimum length of 1 minute.


- Limit of 1 entry per contestant 

- The work should be completely original and presented in either English or targeted language

- Contestants will be judged by certified teachers and professionals looking for superior ideas, messages, and content.

- If a song is chosen, the song does not have to be original. Songs that are translated from English are allowed, and judges will select winners based off of the contestant's creativity, singing, and language performance. There is no limit to the number of participants in a group. The backing tracks must be instrumental only, and videos with inappropriate content (language, gestures, or subject matter) will disqualify you from the competition. Subtitles are not required but recommended.


Option 1:

Fill out the registration form HERE and enter a shareable URL link that does not require judges to sign into. Save your file with the name WLL2022_Category plus your name (first name and last name).

For example: WLL2022_Essay_Erika_Williams

Option 2:

Upload your file to the registration form HERE with a Gmail account.

APRIL 17TH, 2022


1st place: $100 (1 winner)

2nd place: $80 (3 winners)

3rd place: $50 (5 winners)

Finalists (top 10%):

Certificate of Excellence 

The winners of the competition will be notified at the end of April 2022. The virtual award ceremony will be held in May 2022.


Congratulations to all the participants!

The winners of WLL 2022 are...

Essay Category

1st Place

Alessandra Azure (Newport High School)

Jonathan Tyshler (Bellevue High School)

2nd Place

Natalie Mumford (W. F. West High School)

Jack O'Connell (Liberty High School)

3rd Place

Aishwarya Agrawal (Odle Middle School)

London Bugarin (Cascade High School)

Ben Moran (Cheney High School)

Yumeji Tomeoka (Mount Vernon High School)

Ishita Vig (Beaver Lake Middle School)

Honorable Mentions

Sonja Cassel  (Bothell High School)

Madhav Dhiman (Odle Middle School)

Mehak Grover  (Odle Middle School)

Natalee Hopkins (Cascade High School)

Evnit Kaur (Cascade High School)

Caitlin Kohnen (Sammamish High School)

Shreyas Kolwalkar (Maywood Middle School)

Song Category

1st Place

Helena Hernandez Palacio and Olivia Fernandez Mommer (Tillicum Middle School)

2nd Place

Jenna Smith (W.F West Highschool)

Nasya Sudarman (Odle Middle School)

Caitlin Kuo, Sara Lao, Lilia Pearson Maas (Edmonds-Woodway High School)

3rd Place

Advika Balaji (Issaquah High School)

Jack Burns (Mason Middle School)

Guinevere Chrzan (W.F West High School)

Michelle Kim (Tillicum Middle School)

MacKenzie Wilmot-Wade (Issaquah High School)

Honorable Mentions

Evelynn Starkey (Issaquah High School)

Nova Bright (Lynnwood High School)      

Paisley Smurthwaite (Mason Middle School)

Breonna Hosmann (W.F West Highschool)

Hayden Smith (W.F West Highschool)

Outstanding Contribution Award

Mrs. Jessica Montalvo-Lopez (Cascade High School)

Friend of WLL Award

Ms. Mary Claire Gegen (W.F. West High School)

Congratulations and thank you for your participation!

We have notified all finalists. If you do not see an email from in your Inbox, our email may have mistakenly been sent to your spam folder. We ask that you add us to your trusted list of senders, contacts, or address book.

We would like to invite you to attend our virtual award ceremony at 7:30 PM Friday, May 20, 2022. Please join our honored guests, outstanding educators, and passionate students to celebrate and connect! There will also be a raffle and exciting news about more student events in the remainder of 2022.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 5232 0225

Passcode: WLL

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