Maple Ridge student wins big in French public speaking competition

A Grade 10 student from Meadowridge School won a top award at this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition...

Johnathan Hsu

A Grade 10 student from Meadowridge School won a top award at this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.

Johnathan Hsu took third place for Un café différent, un café unique.

“It’s an incredible feat to make it to the provincial finals, and taking home a medal is a real achievement,” said chief judge Dr. Renée Hamilton-Clark.

“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,” added Patti Holm, president of Canadian Parents for French, B.C. and Yukon.

This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French sponsored Concours d’art oratoire.

The provincials were held May 2 at SFU’s Surrey campus.

Provincial finalists from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows:

Jack Wingrove, Grade 6 Early Immersion  for L’obésité – École Pitt Meadows Elementary;

Marlowe Evans, Grade 9 Immersion, Je suis Charlie – École Thomas Haney;

Sadie Sugden-Harvey, Grade 10 Immersion, Le rythme de mon Coeur – École Thomas Haney Secondary;

Sadie Chung, Grade 7 Early Immersion, L’impacte des poudres de protéine sur les adolescents – École Pitt Meadows Elementary;

Marianne Kwon, Grade 8 Immersion, Les inventions et découvertes accidentelles – École Maple Ridge Secondary;

Généa Charpentier, Grade 6 Francophone, Les rêves – École Laityview Elementary;

Eleanor Maplethorp, Grade 11 Core French, Pourquoi nous n’avons pas encore vu un extra-terrestre? – Meadowridge School;

Emma Hsu, Grade 9 Core French, Problèmes des filles de petite taille – Meadowridge School;

Jennifer Ahn, Grade 12 Core French, “Les erreurs” – Meadowridge.




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