The 10th edition of the competition dedicated to the Italian language has ended: here are the winners.
The winners of the Italian Olympics
The competitors of the Italian Olympics have reached the finish line: the historic and prestigious competition on the Italian language has put students to the test. 14 schools from 10 different countries joined the competition this year, with a total of 121 students from secondary schools around the world.
Two pupils from italian schools won the gold medal: Andrei Gavrikov from the Italian department of Albert Einstein school in Berlin who excelled in the “junior” category and Alessandro Poloniato from the Italian state school in Paris for the “senior” category. The two students competed in the elaboration of texts of different nature: a summary and commentary, an informative and a creative text. The themes proposed to the competitors were very stimulating, ranging from the rebirth of the Egyptian Museum in Turin after the lockdown to Dante’s modernity, from distance learning to the future of post-pandemic Italy.
“The winner of the “senior” category showed great linguistic and conceptual maturity” comments Professor Carla Marello, who teaches at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures of the University of Turin and is a member of the Olympic Jury. The teacher has generally expressed a favorable opinion on the tests of the competitors of Italian schools in the world: “excellent command of the language in the written form, which demonstrates a familiarity with literary Italian, and little use of English” she declares, underlining “the importance of involving foreign educational institutions” and suggesting “to find a way to enhance the work of non-bilingual pupils, in order to reward their efforts to approach and learn Italian language and give adequate space to all linguistic contexts in foreign schools”.
More details on the website of the initiative and on the Youtube channel to review the proclamation ceremony, introduced by a Lectio magistralis by Luca Serianni, academic of the Lincei and Crusca, entitled ‘Stretching the language like a rubber band: the Italian of the Comedy’.