By Neil Corbett – Maple Ridge News
Maple Ridge students have won top awards at a nationwide French speaking competition.
Ten thousand students from across B.C. competed, 264 made the provincial finals, and two students from Maple Ridge took home a top award in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art Oratoire.
Marianne Kwon, a Grade 10 French immersion student at Maple Ridge secondary, took third place for “Le Village Plastique.”
J.R. Zhang, a Grade 11/12 core French student at Meadowridge School, took second for “Le systeme scolaire est deforme.
“Through participation in Concours, students develop confidence and improve their French, but as well their skills in time management, listening and critical thinking. Ultimately, they become more effective as communicators, capable of inspiring others,” said Diane Tijman, president of Canadian Parents for French B.C. and Yukon.