The Concours d’art oratoire is a public speaking contest organized by Canadian Parents for French for secondary students in French programs across Canada. Every spring, an estimated 80,000 students take part in this annual competition. The provincial finals took place on April 29 at the Cosmodome in Laval, Quebec. CPF was pleased to welcome 44 students from the Lester B. Pearson, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Western Quebec School Boards, as well as their parents and teachers. The students were divided into groups based on their grade level, and then each group was further divided into five categories, based on their French speaking ability. Here are the winners of each category:

Secondary 1/2
Core – Matteo Sorgiovanni (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)
Enriched – Rachel Becher  (Hadley Junior High School, Gatineau)
Enriched plus – Aniesha Covey (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Immersion – Cassandra Bedard (Beaconsfield High School, Beaconsfield)
Francophone (Sec 1) – James Morand (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)
Francophone (Sec 2) – Lukka Picklyk (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)

 Secondary 3/4
Enriched plus – Hope Cornell (Lindsay Place High School, Pointe-Claire)
Immersion – Angelica Antonakopoulos (Lindsay Place High School, Pointe-Claire)
Francophone – Neve Maltus (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)

Secondary 5
Core – Charlie Cockburn (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Enriched plus – Jennifer Hua (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)
Immersion – Elizabeth Hua (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)
Francophone – Marianne Lavergne (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)

The Secondary 5 first place winners will now advance to the national finals of the Concours d’art oratoire, held in Ottawa, ON on June 3, and take part in the competition that offers over $500,000 in scholarships to the University of Ottawa, the University of Moncton, the University of Prince Edward Island, the Université de Saint-Boniface and the Université Sainte-Anne.

Better French language skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s non-Francophone youth. The Concours program helps fulfill that aspiration by giving youth a meaningful forum in which to practice and develop confidence in their French language skills.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, Canadian Heritage, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, French for the Future, Global Montreal, LEARN Quebec and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) for their generous support in helping us provide such a meaningful opportunity for the participants of the Concours.

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