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Meadowridge student wins silver at provincial competition

Jing Rui Zhang Jr. (right) Grade 11/12 Core French  “Exploitations humaines: Foxconn” Meadowridge School 2nd Place winner, with CPF BC-YK Youth Director Darian Pang - Special to The TIMES
Jing Rui Zhang Jr. (right) Grade 11/12 Core French “Exploitations humaines: Foxconn” Meadowridge School 2nd Place winner, with CPF BC-YK Youth Director Darian Pang
— image credit: Special to The TIMES

A total of 10,000 students from across B.C. competed, 260 made the provincial finals, and one student from a Maple Ridge school took home a top award in this year's pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire.

"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.

2016 Provincial finalists from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Jessica Bournival – Grade 12 Core French – “Pourquoi suivre un cours de théâtre” – Meadowridge School

Catherine Reynolds – Grade 9 Core French – “Le Sexisme dans les écoles” – Meadowridge School

Jai Chagani – Grade 9 Immersion – “L’Inégalité aux États-Unis” – Meadowridge School

Emma Hsu – Grade 10 Core French – “Les Miracles dentaires” – Meadowridge School

Marlowe Evans – Grade 10 Immersion – “Paris” – Thomas Haney Secondary

Tianne Jensen-Desjardins – Grade 12 Early Imersion – “Le Monstre invisible” – Thomas Haney Secondary

Hana O’Reilly – Grade 7 Early Immersion – “Le Somnambulisme” – Eric Langton Elementary

Madeleine Headley – Grade 6 Early Immersion – “La règle d’or” – Eric Langton Elementary

Alanah Ellsworth – Grade 10 Francophone – “La Vérité de la religion” – Maple Ridge Secondary

Anna Kim – Grade 6 Late Immersion – “La Monnaie” – Pitt River Middle School

Background

*Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon is a parent-lead registered non-profit dedicated to creating quality and accessible French second language opportunities for all youth.

*Concours d'art oratoire is a pan-Canadian French public speaking competition -- an estimated 85,000 students participate annually across Canada.

*Student participants choose, develop, and present a 3 - 5 minute speech, en français. Students are free to select a subject/theme that interests them.

*The provincial competition is open to all students, grades 6 through 12, who are learning French through programs such as: French Immersion, Core French, and the native Francophone School Board (SD93). For each grade there are the three categories.

*The competition typically progresses through the following stages: 1) Students participate in their local classroom 2) Top students move on to the school district competition 3) Top students move on to the provincial competition 4) Top students in grade 12 move on to the national competition.

*Concours is judged by French speaking volunteers, i.e. University/College professors, teachers, native Francophones, and French immersion graduates. For the official rules of Concours d'art oratoire click here.

*French immersion enrolment in British Columbia has increased every year for the past 16 years. As of 2013/2014 there were over 51,000 students, or 8.0% of the entire study body, in French immersion.

*There are 180,000 students in BC in the Core French program. There are over 5,000 in the native Francophone school board. For the latest French student enrolment trends in BC & YK click here.

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