Lucas Newman

Lucas Newman

Language earns youth honours

Two students from Vernon took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition

  • May. 18, 2014 4:00 p.m.

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