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Video: IES Johanneberg student wins singing and language contest

Video: IES Johanneberg student wins singing and language contest

Singing in Spanish helped Emilia Söderlund (above, centre, with her teacher Mr Vary and her mother) from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg to win a language and music competition for IES schools.

Each year schools compete in a Eurovision-inspired contest, which sees students sing in languages other than English or Swedish.

This year 13 schools took part in the competition at IES Sundsvall – who hosted because they won the competition last year, in true Eurovision style.

Those competing sang in French, German and Spanish, in front of hundreds of students, and a jury made up of language and music teachers, at Tonhallen in Sundsvall.

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Video of the winner's reprise: Emilia Söderlund from IES Johanneberg

After a tense judging process considered the linguistic and musical talents of the very strong entries this year, Mr Brisson, principal of IES Sundsvall, announced the results.
While Emilia took first prize, a team from IES Eskilstuna (left), made up of Tamara Abood, Farah Mouhi, Eira Ankarfjärd and Darian Mather came second, while Cecilia Nilsson from IES Lund (below, right) came third.

Other schools who made the journey to Sundsvall to take part in this year’s contest included IES Bromma, Huddinge, Kista, Landskrona, Liljeholmen, Tyresö, Täby, Västerås and Årsta.

After performing David DeMaría song Cada Vez Que Estoy Sin Ti and receiving her trophy Emilia told the audience: "Thank you so much, I did not think I was going to win since there are so many talented people here and they were really great. Give them applause, please.”

After she left the stage she added: “I am grateful that I had this chance today, and I want to thank everyone, but especially my Spanish teacher Señor Rios, my music teacher Mr Duckworth, Mr Vary for coming with me, and my parents for being there with me and supporting me.

"This was my first time taking part in Eurovision, it was exciting but then I heard the other schools singing and they were so good, so I got nervous, but it was exciting.

"When I heard the winner announced, I said ‘well, that’s me’. I thought that Sundsvall would win again because I think she was really good and deserved to win.

"I have been studying Spanish for three years. I would not have believed three years ago that I could win today, but my music teacher told me that I should be here and he helped me, and here I am.”

Emilia’s victory means that next year the contest will be hosted by IES Johanneberg. She gave advice for all students thinking of taking part: “Believe in yourself, do what you like to do, and do not worry about what others think."

Winning turn: Emilia performing in front of judges

Tomorrow's business leaders visit IES head office

Tomorrow's business leaders visit IES head office

Future entrepreneurs from Jönköping swapped the classroom for the board room when they spent a day at IES head office.

The spetsutbildning class, from Internationella Engelska Skolan Jönköping, is studying the advanced studies program - Business English and Entrepreneurship.  In total 24 students made the journey to Stockholm to meet managers at the company's headquarters.

(Top photo: HR Manager Melanie Prinsloo addresses the class.)

The visit saw the group meet with staff including the CEO, Mr Riber, and CFO, Mr Åkerman.

Clara Agnehus (R) who wants to be a company lawyer meets IES School Lawyer Eva Andersson (L)

Clara Agnehus, from class 7B, said: “We have learnt about the different people in the company, the different stuff they like about their jobs, and what their favourite thing is and how they help each other to build up a company. It can’t just be one person it needs a lot of people who can help each other out.  I didn’t know how much they were depending on each other and how the different people worked.

"I am thinking about becoming a company lawyer when I am older and that is why I chose the Spets programme, first when they started talking about it, I thought ‘oh, it would be fun but I would never get in', but I thought why not try, but I tried and I got in, which helped me to get more confidence to talk more in English class and Spets class."

Over the course of the day the students spent time with seven head office staff. Each session saw them receive a short presentation before being given the chance to ask questions.

Simeon Salo, from class 7C, said: “I am taking part in the Spets programme so I will find it easier to have a business job when I am older, I will know more about it than others do.  We learn new stuff that we didn't know about before, and it’s important when you get older and you want a good job.

During the visit I learnt a lot about business English and different jobs in business and what they do.  This trip gave us a lot more information, because we learnt more from the people who work in the area. We met a real CFO and CEO, it is good to meet people who work high up in business."

IES Jönköping's spetsutbildning coordinator Rebecca Johansson, said: “I'm very satisfied with the co-operation with head office as part of the Spets program and also that I'm very pleased with the educational value that our visit results in."

Simeon and Clara at the entrance to head office.