Provincial French competition has seven Vernon finalists

Three Vernon students placed in Concours dart oratoire

Several Vernon students have talked their way to the top of the podium.

10,000 students from across B.C. competed in this year’s provincial French public speaking competition, the Concours d’art oratoire.

Seven of the 209 that made the provincial finals are from Vernon, three of which ended up placing.

Ulyana Doerksen, Grade 7, got second place; Rowan Broadhead, Grade 7, got a third place and Charlize Calver, Grade 8, also took a third place.

Audrey Friesen, Kaylee Peters, Ava Lee-Gock and Alexis Gauvin-Nice where finalists in the competition.

“Concours is an outstanding showcase and celebration of excellence in French language education,” said Greer Cummings, president of Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon.

Through participation in this competition, students develop their public speaking and relationship building skills in French, and ultimately the confidence to express their ideas clearly; skills which are highly valued in today’s global society.

The provincial finals were hosted May 4 at SFU Surrey.

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