Students say ‘oui’ to French-speaking competition

Three York Region District School Board students received awards from the Concours et festival d’art oratoire, organized by the Ontario branch of Canadian Parents for French (CPF), an organization that promotes and creates opportunities for youth to learn and use French.

Stella Schneckenburger, a Grade 12 student at Markham District High School won first place in the traditional division from Grades 11 to 12. She went on to represent Ontario at the 2018 CPF National Concours d’art oratoire on June 2 in Ottawa, competing for full or partial scholarships to four Canadian universities with a cumulative value of more than $500,000.

Jania Morshedu, a Grade 9 student at Newmarket High School, won third place in the impromptu immersion division and Grade 12 student David Morshedu of Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School won third place in the traditional francophone category.

More than 300 students from 22 school boards and 11 independent schools from across the province took part in the 34th annual French public-speaking event, which was held on May 5 at York University Glendon Campus in Toronto. High school students competed for cash prizes and partial scholarships to York’s Glendon Campus and the University of Ottawa.


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