Grade 9 student Linnea Sly (left) celebrates her second place finish at the 2017 Concours d’art Oratoire. (Photo by Gaetan Nerincx)

Colwood student’s topic resonates in all languages

Sooke School District well represented at French competition

Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

An Ecole John Stubbs student’s presentation on women’s rights earned her an award at the 2017 Concours d’art Oratoire.

Grade 9 Francophone student Linnea Sly placed second for her presentation “Les droits d’une femme” (The Rights of a Woman) during the Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon competition that included 10,000 students from across the province. Sly was one of 264 students that made the finals for the French speaking competition, which took place May 6 at Simon Fraser University.

Belmont Secondary Grade 11 student Markus Meyer joined four others from Ecole John Stubbs in the competition, including Grade 6 Late Immersion student Fiona Black, Grade 7 Early Immersion student Emily Priebe, Grade 7 Late Immersion student Mataya Dorland-Meagher, and Grade 8 Immersion student Shaan Brar.

Student competing in Concours not only improve their French language skills, but develop confidence, time management and become more effective communicators, said Diane Tijman, president of Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon in a media release.

“We are so proud of all our Concours participants,” she added.

This year marks the 34th anniversary of the competition. There are currently 180,000 students in the province participating in the Core French program.

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