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Canadian Parents for French National announces the winners of the 2017 Concours d’arts oratoire finals!

OTTAWA, ON — On June 3, 2017 thirty-eight of Canada’s best and brightest French second language students from grades 11 and 12 met in the National Capital region to compete in the Canadian Parents for French  15th annual National Concours d’art oratoire finals.

The event, which offers over $500,000 in scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Moncton, Université Sainte-Anne and Université de Saint-Boniface, is a reminder that year after year Canadian youth want to be bilingual and that access to quality French second language programs is an important means to attaining this goal.

As the top 38 contestants from a total of 62,000 participants nationwide, the students competed in five categories ranging from Core French to Francophone. They spoke on topics such as the preservation of Indigenous languages, the qualities that make a good leader as well as the importance of French as a second language in Canada and abroad.

The winners of the 2017 edition of the CPF National Concours d’art oratoire are:

Level 1 [Basic French]
1st Place: Ayaan Virani (Markham, ON)
2nd Place: Ethan Edstrom (Edmonton, AB)
3rd Place: Gabriella Niemczyk (Winnipeg, MB)

Level 2 [Core French Extended]
1st Place: Katherine Gotovsky (Thornhill, ON)
2nd Place: Mariia Nevoit (Winnipeg, MB)
3rd Place: Gavriel Arganosa (Saskatoon, SK)

Level 3 [Late French Immersion]     
1st Place: Seong Gyu Jang (Richmond, BC)
2nd Place: Anna Gaudet (White Lake, NS)
3rd Place: Gabriel Avendano (Winnipeg, MB)

Level 4 [Early French Immersion]
1st Place: Matthew Wilson (Vancouver, BC)
2nd Place: Elizabeth Hua (Rosemere, QC)
3rd Place: Paul Bellerive (Regina, SK)

Level 5 [Francophone]
1st Place: Raphael Faiola (Toronto, ON)
2nd Place: Charlène Golsteyn (Lethbridge, AB)
3rd Place: Coralie Tcheune (Surrey, BC)

Participants spent two nights in the National Capital region, and participated in excursions to commemorate Canada’s 150, including a bilingual tour of Parliament Hill as well as a scavenger hunt throughout Ottawa’s downtown core.

CPF National sends a final thank you to all participants, parents, judges, sponsors and volunteers that were able to join us for the weekend. Your support is instrumental not only in the success of the Concours d’art oratoire but also in the continued promotion of linguistic duality across Canada.

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This project has been made possible in large part by the Government of Canada.

Shaunpal Jandu, Project and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email:


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