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North Vancouver Students Win Top Awards At Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

May 18, 2016

​10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 240 made the provincial finals, and three students from North Vancouver took home top awards in this year's pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire.

Provincial Winners from North Vancouver:


Nia Wagner - 1st Place
Grade 8 Immersion, Handsworth Secondary
“La Condemnation arbitraire”

Photographed with CPF BC-YK President Patti Holm (left)


Matthew Wilson - 1st Place
Grade 11 Immersion, Handsworth Secondary
“La Motivation” 

Photographed with CPF BC-YK President Patti Holm (left)

Aelicia Abdurahman Schmitt - 3rd Place
Grade 11/12 Francophone, Handsworth Secondary
“La Réalité n’est qu’une perception”

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"In addition to the cultural and language benefits, Concours d'art oratoire helps students develop their creative and public speaking abilities, as well as self-confidence," said Patti Holm, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

"It's an incredible feat to make it to the Provincial finals -- taking home a medal is a real achievement. We congratulate everyone who participated; they are all winners. Félicitations!" added Concours d'art oratoire chief judge, Dr. Renée Hamilton-Clark.

This year marked the 33rd anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon sponsored Concours d'art oratoire. The provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 7th at SFU Surrey. A big thank you to all of the local volunteers and teachers, as well as the BC Ministry of Education, Canadian Heritage, and le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique for their financial support.

2016 Provincial finalists from North Vancouver:
Hannah Fitzpatrick – Grade 6 Francophone – “Le Pont de la confederation” – Cleveland Elementary
Claire Ambrozic – Grade 6 Early Immersion – “Au revoir Peter Rabbit : le développement au village Edgemont – Cleveland Elementary
Lewis Arnold – Grade 10 Immersion – “Au secours, le concours!” – Handsworth Secondary
Max Richards – Grade 8 Francophone – “L’Évolution de l’automobile” – Argyle Secondary
Kian Vahidi – Grade 6 Late Immersion – “Les Droits des enfants” – Braemar School
Stefania Stirban – Grade 7 Early Immersion – “Le Rédempteur” – Cleveland Elementary
Nora Goddard-Despot – Grade 9 Immersion – “Est-ce que les enfants devraient se spécialiser dans un sport?” – Handsworth Secondary