Provincial Concours d’art oratoire 2016: North Vancouver finalists & winners

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

Vancouver — 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.

“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.

Read CPF British Columbia & Yukon’s full Media Release for SD44 here.


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

Provincial Winners from North Vancouver:

26801010530_8563dc95e1_zNia Wagner 
Grade 8 Immersion
“La Condemnation arbitraire”
Handsworth Secondary

1st Place

CPF BC-YK President Patti Holm (left)


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Matthew Wilson 
Grade 11 Immersion
“La Motivation”  Handsworth Secondary

1st Place

CPF BC-YK President Patti Holm (left)


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

3rd Place

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2015 CPF BC/Yukon Membership Drive – on now until October 31!

Join or renew your membership before October 31st because during our membership drive you can win wonderful prizes! Remember 80% of your membership fee goes right back to your local chapter. That means more fun events in schools, more resources for parents, teachers and students, and more extra-curricular activities in French for our kids!

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