The object of all Russian courses at PCC is to help students develop communicative competence and proficiency in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing Russian, as well as cultural awareness.American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) for essays they wrote as part of the 17th annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.This year, 1,415 essays from 79 universities, colleges and institutions across the nation were submitted to the yearly writing contest.Three judges in Moscow read each essay and ranked the top 15 to 20% of essays. Three judges read each essay and independently ranked them.Silver Medal (Heritage Learners, Level 2), Daniel Kats Bronze Medal (Heritage Learners of Other Slavic Languages, Level 2), Bogdana Bartkiv Non-heritage level 102 1st Place: Bogdana Bartkiv2nd Place: Amy Schwartz3rd Place: Marisa Gallicchio Honorable Mention: Cordelia Turner Non-heritage level 2021st Place: Mikaela Peters2nd Place: Brenda Rios3rd Place: Kurt Butka Heritage level 2081st Place: Michelle Chekunova2nd Place: Oksana Sokolova3rd Place: Daniel Kats Level 3021st Place: Kristina Beschastnova2nd Place: Mar Nikiforova3rd Place: Stephen Cholewka Level 4021st Place: Tatiana Bereznikova2nd Place: Irada Yusunova3rd Place: Raul Aguilar Honorable Mention: Ksenija Tihomirova Gold Medal (Heritage Learners, Level 4), Olga Dovhanyuk Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 5), Tatiana Bereznikova Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 4), Mar Nikiforova Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2), Aleksandra Wec Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 1), Dimitry Apollonsky In this year's national contest, there were 1,087 essays submitted from 68 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation.Best Essay Non-heritage Giselle Hsu Best Essay Heritage Maryna Sidykh Non-heritage Level 1021st place Valentina Janjus2nd place Nina Dudko3rd place Guliz Solmaz Heritage Level 11st place Borys Derevyanko2nd place Naomi Braginsky3rd place Daniel Nazarenko Honorable Mention Naomi Braginsky and Aleksey Chaikovsky Heritage Level 21st place Sergiy Dmytruk2nd place Giselle Hsu and Daria Napolina3rd place Nikola Kendis and Solomiya Stebelska Non-Heritage Level 2022nd place Amanda Goen3rd place Emily G.Kimball Honorable mention Kymberleig Albites Level 41st place Kyle Barry2nd place Rebecca Gangi Honorable Mention Andrew Agranovich, Max Hoyt, and Yevhen Zariczny Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2) Kyle S Barry Second Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3) Robert P Campana Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1) Maryna Sidykh Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 3) Anthony M Polansky In this year's contest, there were 702 essays submitted from 51 universities and colleges.In this year’s contest, there were 1366 essays submitted from 61 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. , 2019, twelve of our undergraduate scholars received awards or honorable mentions by the Twentieth Annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest (NPSREC) organized by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).There are more than 140,000 Russian-speaking immigrants in Oregon and Washington. Russian is the second most sought-out language by employers in Oregon and Washington, and the second most commonly spoken language in the state of Oregon. The Russian program at PCC boasts the largest enrollment in the state for first and second year courses. Census indicates that the Pacific Northwest has had the greatest influx of Russian-speaking immigrants anywhere in the nation over the last 10 years, making Russian one of the most commonly spoken languages in the region.