Mission students earn medals at competition

Left: Christine Morrison Elementary
Left: Christine Morrison Elementary's Keegan Heaven placed second in the Concours d'art oratoire competition for his speech about Nelson Mandela. He was presented his medal by CPF BC-Yukon's youth director, Daphne Lu. Right: Leila Rasti, a Grade 6 intensive French student, earned a third place medal for her speech, titled 'The most important person in my life: Me.' Rasti was presented her medal by chief judge, Renee Hamilton-Clark.
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A pair of Mission students placed in the top three in their public speaking categories this past week.

A total of five local French-speaking students competed in the Canadian Parents for French BC and Yukon's Concours d'art oratoire, held May 3 at Surrey SFU. The annual competition attracted more than 10,000 students from across British Columbia, and 285 made the provincial finals.

Keegan Heaven, a Grade 7 early immersion student from Christine Morrison Elementary School, earned second place for his speech on Nelson Mandela.

Leila Rasti, a Grade 6 intensive French student, took third place for her talk titled, "The most important person in my life: me."

Other finalists from Mission were Jenai Konings, Chelsea Langan and Amy Marie Short-Garber.

"It's an incredible feat to make it to the provincial finals – taking home a medal is a real achievement. We congratulate everyone who participated; they are all winners. Felicitations!" said chief judge Dr. Renee Hamilton-Clark.

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