Miss France inspires Central French students


By Jared Lozano

Central French teacher Scott Donaghe interviewing Miss France.

Sophia Esquivel, Staff Writer

This year’s Miss Tahiti, Vaimalama Chaves, visited Central East on November 9th, and was recently elected as this year’s Miss France. At the time of her visit, Chaves held the designation of Ms. Tahiti but went on to win the title of Miss France this December. 

In November, she spoke with Central’s French students about her aspirations, even performing a musical number where she sang and played the ukulele. Katelyn Baker, who sang with Miss Tahiti said “It was really interesting and enjoyable because I had never done anything like that before.”

Ms. Chaves has a master’s degree in business and marketing, but she is passionate about education and said that this is part of the reason she accepted the invitation extended by Central French teacher Scott Donaghe to visit Central students.

During her visit, she taught students about French Polynesian culture,  and what it’s like to be in pageants. French student, Ofaatu Ah-yen said, “Meeting her made me more motivated to learn French, even further outside of the classroom.” Senior Kelsy Ornelas added, “Speaking with Miss Tahiti helped me understand more about French culture and accents.”

The Alliance Française de Fresno held a watch party at their offices located at 1477 E. Shaw Ave. Suite 126 to see if Miss Tahiti would become the next Miss France and were thrilled to see a person who has been so generous to Central teens win the title.

For those who may have missed her on November 9th, Miss France will be back for the French Polynesian Luau on April 12th at 6:00 p.m at Central East. For $25 you get an authentic island dinner and you can see the show, for $15 you can see the show.