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Juvenes Translatores: Winners of the EU translation contest for schools announced today

Brussels, 3 February 2016

The European Commission has today published the names of the 28 winners of its annual translation contest 'Juvenes Translatores'. The winners will come to Brussels on 14 April to collect their awards

The European Commission has today announced the winners of its annual translation contest 'Juvenes Translatores'. A total of 28 secondary school students, one from each of the European Union Member States, will be awarded a prize after competing with over 3 000 participants from across the continent. The winners will be invited to Brussels on 14 April 2016 to receive their trophies from European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva.

My congratulations to all the winners of this year's competition, who excelled against some stiff competition for the top slot in their country. Every year, Juvenes Translatores gives students a chance to test their language skills and try their hand at translation, a valuable skill in our multilingual Union,’ Vice-President Georgieva said.

The students had to translate texts on the topic of development cooperation. The theme was chosen to mark the 2015 European Year of Development. The participants could choose from any of the 552 possible combinations between any two of the EU’s 24 official languages. This year, students used 166 language combinations, including translating from Czech into Italian, from Maltese into Dutch, and from Danish into Polish. All winners chose to translate into their strongest language, as the official translators in EU institutions do.

 

Background

The Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest has been organised every year since 2007 by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation. Its aim is to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator. It is open to 17-year old secondary school pupils (for those born in 1998, for this year's contest) and takes place at the same time in all selected schools across the EU, including in its outermost regions. The contest has inspired and encouraged some of the participants to pursue their languages at university level and to become translators.

The names of this year’s winners are:

JUVENES TRANSLATORES 2015-2016 winners

Country

Winner

Participants

Name, language pair

School

Number of schools

Number of pupils

Austria

Fiona Baumhauer, ES-DE

BG Purkersdorf, Purkersdorf

18

73

Belgium

Margaux Cuyle, FR-NL

Immaculata-instituut, De Panne

16

72

Bulgaria

Георги Христов, EN-BG

Езикова гимназия „Д-р Петър Берон“, Кюстендил

17

75

Croatia

Katarina Zornada, EN-HR

Gimnazija i strukovna škola Jurja Dobrile, Pazin

11

53

Cyprus

ΣτέφανοςΜιχαηλίδης, FR-EL

Λύκειο Αποστόλων Πέτρου και Παύλου, Λεμεσός

6

26

The Czech Republic

Miroslav Řehounek, EN-CS

Gymnázium, Třinec, příspěvková organizace, Třinec

21

104

Denmark

Amalie Dam Møller, EN-DA

Niels Brock HHX, Kultorvet, København

13

54

Estonia

Eva Lea Jääger, EN-ET

Hugo Treffneri Gümnaasium, Tartu

6

30

Finland

Atte Kaljonen, EN-FI

Puolalanmäen lukio, Turku

13

59

France

Florian Pesce, RO-FR

Lycée Notre-Dame-Saint-Joseph, Epinal

72

333

Germany

Emily Bruns, FR-DE

Coppernicus Gymnasium, Norderstedt

92

348

Greece

Λήδα-Χρυσή Γανωτάκη, EN-EL

Πειραματικό Γενικό Λύκειο Ηρακλείου, Ηράκλειο Κρήτης

21

95

Hungary

Franciska van Waarden, NL-HU

 

Tinódi Sebestyén Gimnázium és Idegenforgalmi, Vendéglátói Szakképző Iskola, Sárvár

21

92

Ireland

Lauren Ní Bhaoill, EN-GA

Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille, Dún na nGall

11

45

Italy

Gabriella Grassiccia, ES-IT

I.I.S. "G. Verga", Modica

72

356

Latvia

Justīne Ševele, EN-LV

Saldus novada pašvaldības Druvas vidusskola, Saldus novads

8

37

Lithuania

Vytautas Petras Rudys, EN-LT

Kretingos Jurgio Pabrėžos universitetinė gimnazija, Kretinga

11

51

Luxembourg

Magali Sumkötter, EN-DE

Athénée de Luxembourg

6

26

Malta

Sarah Falzon, EN-MT

G.F. Abela Junior College, Msida

6

29

The Netherlands

Eliana Jager, ES-NL

Atheneum College Hageveld, Heemstede

25

95

Poland

Maciej Nakoniecznik, EN-PL

XXXIII Liceum Ogólnokształcące Dwujęzyczne im. Mikołaja Kopernika, Warszawa

51

229

Portugal

Mariana Vaz, EN-PT

Quinta das Flores, Coimbra

21

92

Romania

Roxana-Maria Chiorean, EN-RO

Colegiul Național „Emil Racoviță”, Cluj-Napoca

31

152

Slovakia

Zuzana Kráľová, ES-SK

Gymnázium bilingválne, Žilina

13

60

Slovenia

Eva Malovrh, FR-SL

Prva gimnazija Maribor, Maribor

8

38

Spain

Elvira Tornay Mora, EN-ES

IES Trevenque, La Zubia

53

248

Sweden

Oliver Knutas, ES-SV

Katedralskolan, Skara

20

87

The United Kingdom

Harvey Scriven, FR-EN

Winchester College, Winchester

73

299

Total

736

3 258

 

More information:

Juvenes Translatores: http://ec.europa.eu/translatores

Follow Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva on Twitter: @KGeorgievaEU

Follow the Directorate-General for Translation on Twitter: @translatores

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