Members of the Francophone world would likely call a Coleytown Middle School student's performance in a French-language contest "une grande reussite."

The pupil in question, seventh-grader Michael Bass, would readily understand its meaning -- "a great success." He showed his proficiency in the language last March when he ranked highly in Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Michael, 12, placed second in the contest in Connecticut, and eighth nationally, among students who have studied French for less than two academic years. The competition called upon students to take a test, which included writing, reading comprehension and listening components.

"Michael has a great interest in the French language and culture," said his French teacher, Sharon Gardner. "He does an excellent job of communicating in French."

He was honored for his achievement in the contest at a ceremony May 24 in Southington.