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Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) welcomed over 300 students from 22 school boards and 11 independent schools from across Ontario on May 5, 2018 for the 34th annual provincial French public-speaking event at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto.

Students presented an original speech before a panel of officials recruited by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA). Students in grades 9 to 12 participated in a competitive concours in both the traditional and impromptu divisions for cash prizes and partial scholarships to Glendon College and the University of Ottawa. For the impromptu category, students were given minimal time to prepare their ideas on a randomly selected topic before presenting their “speech” and answering questions on their selected topic.

Congratulations to Sebastian Nicoll, a St. Paul High School Grade 10 student, and Emma Jorge, a St. Pius X High School Grade 9 student, who placed first in the francophone and extended categories of the impromptu speech category, respectively.

This year, the OCSB supported the participation of a total of nine candidates from St. Paul, St. Patrick’s, St. Pius X and All Saints High Schools. Also competing in the impromptu category were Thomas Wakeham (All Saints), Scott McGlashen and Tasha Burhunduli (St. Patrick). In the traditional division, the OCSB was represented by Natasha Randing, Stecie Habonimana, Sadie McSwiggan-True and Alphonsine Uwase from St. Patrick’s HS.

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