Three students from Saanich’s École Bayside Middle School earned top-three awards at this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire, organized by the Canadian Parents for French.
Rose Chisholm, a Grade 7 student, won first place for her monologue, “Les rêves” at the May 2 event in Surrey. Carlos Quintero won second at the Grade 8 level for his speech “La penicilline,” and Edouard Arthur was third among Grade 6 students with his dialogue on Apollo 11.
“It’s an incredible feat to make it to the provincial finals – taking home a medal is a real achievement,” said Concours d’art oratoire chief judge, Dr. Renée Hamilton-Clark.
Three more students qualified for provincials from Bayside, Grade 6 student Lucy Kendrick with “Les Beatles, Grade 8 student Nathalie Veronneau with “La forme physique,” and Grade 7 student Matteo Hilton for “La physiologie du sport.”
Student participants choose a subject they are interested in and present it however they’d like in a three- to five-minute speech in French.
There were 240 students who qualified to compete at provincials from Grade 6 to 12.