Fall Semester 2010 THE SPARK of Le Flambeau Winners Announced!


 Haiti is certainly top-of mind these days most recently with a focus on the elections…including surprise visits.  Fresh articles on this topic are featured in the Haiti News section of our website.  Today’s e-mail is about the outcome of a different vote, one that is equally important with an outcome that is clear.  The unified voice of our youth speaks in no uncertain terms.  Today we announce the winners!

This has been an exceptionally active semester for THE SPARK of Le Flambeau language exchange program.  It is hard to believe that we are already preparing to enter the program’s seventh term.  The students in Haiti overcame incredible obstacles as they succeeded in connecting on the internet weekly and in making substantive contributions to the class.   The U.S. team grew as Miami welcomed even more members in Milwaukee and we had the largest class in the history of the program.  Finally, we had one of our team members, Ruchama, who received the first Le Flambeau Foundation Earthquake Scholarship and she is now a college student in the U.S., preparing to lead rebuilding initiatives with youth in Haiti upon her return.  Fantastic!
The  Fall session launched in September and ran for ten weeks.  The dialogue was stimulating, enlightening and exceptionally rewarding as classmates improved their English/French fluency and technology skills.   Class members and Graders voted for peers they felt deserved the top spots.  As the rules required, those in the U.S. voted for classmates in Haiti and those in Haiti voted for classmates in the U.S.  Voting results were reviewed and approved by the high school teachers who volunteered their time serving as Graders throughout the semester.  Class members also rated their spring semester experience with THE SPARK of Le Flambeau program and scored a 4.5 (out of 5) – nice!  Great suggestions came in and are being incorporated into the coming Spring session.  
An extra warm THANK YOU  is extended to student leader and moderator Roxanne along with fellow student moderators Barbara and Isabel, Superviseur Mdme Lochet, English Grader Ms. Fallahay, Superviseurs Mdme Jacquart and Mdme Schmidt Dess, Haiti Team Captains Mr. Vital Ms. Constant, Ms. Ruchama and Mr. Marvens; and our IT support leader Ms. Tracy Doome. To our active class members of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau fall semester session – you were great!  In the end we all win. The Torch is lit.  Pass it on!
Warmest Regards,
Sheri Colas-Gervais 
Board Director and Officer
Le Flambeau Foundation Inc.


Stephane  – Haiti

Most Improved Award

 was earned for making the most impressive strides in their language during the ten week program



Isabelle T. – U.S.

Roxanne – U.S

Most Consistent Award

  was earned for having the most consistent participation, providing comments each week – in some cases students made more than one comment

Schneider – Haiti


Hernice – Haiti

Best Substance Award

 was earned for having offered the most substantive information in each of the weekly comments – everyone learned something new from his or her comments. 

Isabel L. – U.S.

Roxanne – U.S.

Best Language Skills Award

 was earned for one’s performance in writing comments in the language being studied (English/French).  Judging was based on spelling, vocabulary, grammar and the correct use of the Word of the Week, each week.

Schneider – Haiti.

Ruchama – Haiti

(presented by Le Flambeau Foundation Board Members J. St.Lot-Gervais and S. Colas-Gervais.

THE SPARK of Le Flambeau

The top Award 


was earned for having offered the most well rounded presentation.  We have one winner from each country.  Classmates observed progress, substance, teamwork and perseverance.  These individuals exhibited strong leadership and made the strongest impression during this semester session.  The votes were close.  Congratulations! 


Roxanne – U.S.

(presented by Superviseur D. Lochet and Le Flambeau Foundation Board Member S. Colas-Gervais


The following members performed best in their class at Shorewood High School and were selected for this honor by their Superviseur Mdme Jacquart.  Each received certificates for their impressive performance. Congratulations!
Best Substance: Arwen 
Most Improved:
Most Consistent: Sofia 
Best Language Skills: Hans 
Best in Class SPARK of Le Flambeau: Sofia