The 11th edition of the historic Italian language competition for high school students, in Italy and abroad, has come to an end.
The closing ceremony of the Italian Olympics, now in its eleventh edition, was held on 3 May at the Lumsa University in Rome. The competition, open to high school students in Italy and around the world, saw participation by various Italian schools and sections abroad, not only in European countries but also in Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.
The winners of the semifinal on 25 March included students from Paris, Casablanca and Berlin in the ‘foreign junior’ category, and students from Munich and New York in the ‘foreign senior’ category.
The Councillor of the Embassy Valentina Setta, Head of Office V of the Directorate General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, made an online appearance to congratulate the organizers, participants and winners, reiterating the central importance of this competition for the promotion of the Italian language in the world, especially among the new generations, in this the year that the European Union has dedicated to young people.
The competition tests were complex and varied in terms of themes, ranging from a summary of a text on the pyramid of Cheops, and the relationship between science and technology, to a commentary on a tweet by Barack Obama on the theme of racism and an interview with a rapper as a starting point for a creative text.
The winners of the foreign categories were presented by Alice Scalas Bianco, herself winner of the Campiello Giovani prize in 2021 and member of the jury that evaluated the finalists’ tests. First place for the junior section went to Elisa Pagni from the Albert Einstein Gymnasium in Berlin, appreciated by the jury for her “excellent ability to connect the subjects” and the original choice of interviewing a non-Italian rapper like Tyler, the Creator. Elisa Meritano from the European School in Munich, was instead the winner of the senior section, for whom the jury highlighted “the ability to organize the structure of her expression coherently”, the use of precise scientific and historical information to support her essay as well as an appreciable and unprecedented use of irony.