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DDSB Teams Take Top Spot at the French-Language Olympics

Students from RS McLaughlin CVI in Oshawa and Donald A. Wilson SS in Whitby have a lot to be proud of.

Students from both schools participated in 'Olympiades Linguistiques,' otherwise known as 'The French-Language Olympics,' allowing young people to share in a fun, inspiring activity aimed at increasing their sense of belonging to the Francophone community while mobilizing and immersing them in the legacy of Canada 150.

Fifty teams across the province representing French-Language secondary schools and immersion programs competed in the contest at York University's Glendon Campus. The project exposed young Francophones in Ontario to the vast linguistic diversity and cultural lives of the Canadian Francophonie.

The competition ran from September to November. Students competed online in September in the subjects of History, Geography and Language. The first round was followed by the creation of a video, song, poem or theatrical sketch on the topic of Francophone life in October. Lastly, participants were asked to do a treasure hunt consisting of exercises such as Dramatic Art, Canadian History challenges, and sporting activities for qualifying teams in November.

The Durham District School Board was well represented in the immersion category as the team from RS McLaughlin CVI placed first, followed by the team from Donald A. Wilson Secondary School who placed second.

RS McLaughlin CVI student, Emerson Frenette, who competed at The French-Language Olympics says
"It was really cool to be a part of the French community in Ontario. The experience gave us the opportunity to use our French skills in a competitive environment."

Fellow student, Jordyn Gattie was happy to have the opportunity provided to him by his teacher. "It was amazing of Mme. Edwards to give us this opportunity. We all worked so hard and had so much fun with the challenges over the past few months," said Jordyn.

"An amazing event. This experience gave us a unique opportunity to see our students' pride in their country and their keen ability to use French to participate in a variety of challenges and events. Way to go to bring home the gold, MCVI," said Mme. Edwards, who chaperoned her students throughout the competition.

Congratulations to both RS McLaughlin CVI and Donald A. Wilson students competing at The French-Language Olympics.

RS McLaughlin CVI students participating at the event were: Nathalie Balbontin, Nadia Prasad, Jordyn Gattie and Emerson Frenette. Teacher representatives included Mme. Dana Edwards and Mme. Linda Ross.

Students competing for Donald A. Wilson SS and placing second in the French Immersion category included Hanna Harper, Angelica Bogris, Isabelle Koerber and Tudor Trica-Mavrodin. The students from Donald A. Wilson SS who participated in the Core French finals were Julianna Carrabetta, Joanna Deng, Vivianne Kupovics and Alyssa Gauthier. Teacher representatives for Donald A. Wilson SS were Ms. Gina Hook and Mr. Alexandre St-Denis Yowfoo.