Ten thousand students from across B.C. competed, 285 made the provincial finals, and two students from Vernon took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.
The provincial medal winners were Ben Miller, who is Grade 7 at Beairsto Elementary, and Lucas Newman, who is in Grade 8 at W.L. Seaton Secondary.
“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, Canadian Parents for French B.C. president.
The other provincial finalists from Vernon were:
Rebecca Haberstock – Grade 6 at Harwood
Kristian Hovdebo – Grade 6 at Beairsto
Jessica Linenko – Grade 7 at Harwood
Kristen Morgan – Grade 9 at W.L. Seaton
Katrina Pleasance – Grade 10 at W.L. Seaton